To Jpeg or not to Jpeg

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Craig R, May 17, 2004.

  1. Craig R macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2004
    I am have many, many, many digital photos. My question is, when shooting pictures from my sony digital, should I save them as a JPEG or a TIFF? The TIFF is a non compressed image vs a compressed JPEG.

    Will I experience data loss if I save my JPEGs more than once? The only problem I see is that the TIFFs are such HUGE files which will eat my hard drive space.
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    Both are compressed formats, but TIFF is lossless compression (hence the large size). I just do all mine in JPEG, but I am only taking family style pictures and nothing very critical. You may want to use TIFF if you are going to be doing a lot of editing later on.
  3. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Tiff vs. Jpeg

    You should be able to use the Jpeg to take the pictures.. .However, after you open and manipulate it, save it off as a Tiff from that point. You don't want to re-compress it in a lossy format.
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Generally, the JPEG 2.7:1 format is good enough. If you're taking photographs for professional graphics work, always use TIFF.
  5. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    If your camera will save as tiff or raw then use that. You want your pictures to last and you want as much digital information as possible--and you won't get that with a jpg. You can edit the pictures and save a copy as a jpg, but hold onto the uncompressed picture.
  6. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    save the tiffs. for whatever reason the future you want to print, edit, etc you need the tiff. i know they are big, but it is worth it if you ever need the uncompressed picture.

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