Best way to archive

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by jwt, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. jwt macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2007
    I'd like to know what the best way to archive is. I shoot in RAW, which on my camera is 12-bit. After PP, all my export options seem to be 8- or 16-bit. I don't want to lose info going down to 8-bit, but I also don't like adding useless bytes going to 16-bit, which magnifies the file size 6-fold. Any suggestions?
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    The best way to archive is to keep them in RAW , and an XML file that you have all your corrections on (assuming that you use either Aperture or Lightroom). If you're looking to save the file as it was after you edited it, you really should be saving it as a 16-bit tiff. Compressing down to 256 colors simply crunches your histogram, and you lose much of your dynamic range. While saving a 12- or 14- bit image as a 16-bit one may seem like a waste of space, the reason why you're forced to choose is that many editing softwares like PS can do an 8-bit or a 16-bit image (well more like 15+1, but I digress) but not anything in between.

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