D] RAW vs JPEG

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Your cam­era lets you record images in two dif­fer­ent file for­mats: JPEG and RAW (NEF). JPEGs are smaller files, so you can fit more on a mem­ory card, and they’re also a univer­sal for­mat, mak­ing them easy to share. The down­side is that cam­era set­tings like Pic­ture Con­trol and White Bal­ance are per­ma­nently embed­ded in the file.

NEF files, on the other hand, let you undo many of th­ese de­ci­sions. This is be­cause the files are saved in an un­pro­cessed for­mat that you later need to work up in RAW con­ver­sion soft­ware like Cap­ture NX-D. Choose RAW for more cre­ative flex­i­bil­ity, as well as pro­vid­ing a safety net on im­por­tant shoots.

You could choose to shoot mono­chrome JPE Gs, but then you’ll be stuck with a black-and-white pic­ture, when you may de­cide you want a colour ver­sion. Tak­ing a pho­to­graph in RA W and con­vert­ing it to mono­chrome in post-pro­cess­ing gives you more op­tions

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