Although some people may disagree, my recommendation is to capture your digital images in TIFF format, if your camera allows it. TIFF images do not utilize the lossy compression scheme that the JPEG file format does and therefore produce a higher-quality image.
There are downsides to capturing your images as TIFFs:
^ The file size is much larger and will therefore fill up your camera's memory card faster.
^ It takes a little longer to record the image to your camera after you capture it, so your camera may be hung up for as little as a second or two to as long as 30 seconds.
If your cameras can only capture images in JPEG format, then select the highest-quality JPEG setting possible (such as High, Fine, or Large). The result will be the lowest amount of compression and therefore a higher-quality image.
Even if you decide to capture your image as a JPEG, if you feel that you are going to be opening, editing, and resaving the image, be sure and save the file on your hard drive or external media as a TIFF.
You can apply LZW compression, which is a lossless compression scheme, to your TIFF image, which makes your file size a bit smaller without deleting image data.
Nothing beats running a test. Shoot the same subject using TIFF and JPEG modes (of various quality settings). Print out prints of varying sizes and check the results. You may find that for your specific needs, a high-quality JPEG will be sufficient in most cases, except where you need a very large-size print.
If you are scanning prints to bring into Album for editing or inclusion into a creation, be sure and save them as TIFFs as well.
See more details on resolution and file formats in Chapter 3.
Calibrating your monitor is essential to having the best editing environment possible. You should also set up your work environment and desktop so that you have no distractions when you edit your photos. For all you need to know about calibrating your monitor and optimizing your editing environment, see Chapter 10.
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