Group 96 Bulletin Board

8 threads - 17 total comments

This page is dedicated to discussions about our theme (Scapes) that are outside the scope of our monthly images.

Thread Title: RAW v jPEG

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
In the end, which one you choose will depend on what kind of photos you need, how much time you want to spend on your workflow, and to a lesser degree, how much storage space you need (storage space is quite cheap these days). Basically, Jpeg will work whenever you need to process photos quickly and the quality is less important. Maybe you just want to take a few quick photos with your phone to upload to Facebook. Or maybe you’re a blogger with lots of photos to post and you just want a super-quick workflow. Both of these are a great time to use the Jpeg format. Sports photography or other instances where you need burst mode might be another place to shoot in Jpeg.

If, on the other hand, image quality really matters to you, you’ll need to shoot in Raw. This is especially true if you’re doing paid work in the fine art, fashion, or portrait genres, but remains true for all photos. It’s also important to shoot in Raw (and save in a large file format) if you plan to print your images out. And if you wish to reach a professional level, shooting in Raw is the only way to go. With it, you take full control of the look of the final image and can successfully manage many of the problems that come with low light conditions or other challenges.

Not sure about the making the change? Try setting your camera to the Raw + JPEG option so that you can capture both formats simultaneously. Then you’ll be able to experiment at will with nothing to lose.   Posted: 10/20/2021 11:18:08
Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Bob, along the same lines, some professional photographer (I can't remember who) said the really top image or print is all about 1% improvements. You can get so far with the big things, but the next level is determined by making a whole range of small improvements - each of which would seem to do little alone, but which together add up. I suspect if we measured, your RAW vs. JPG would be more than 1% more times than not, but it's in the same spirit.

I wonder if folks have other 1% examples they have found that they would be willing to share?

I will share one to start things off. When I print, I send the printer 600dpi data vs. 300 dpi (I an on canon now but used to do 720dpi vs 360dpi on epson). The idea is that it gives the printer better information for the dithering (2400 x1200 in my case) which it is doing to produce the color. I can't say that I came up with this. I read somewhere that it helped (apparently going higher still doesn't). I tried it and compared prints side by side and convinced myself that indeed there was a very subtle improvement. So now I do it regularly, even upsizing a bit to get to 600dpi if needed.

Any other 1% ideas out there?
  Posted: 10/21/2021 22:14:08

Thread Title: Black Lace and Romance

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Dan, very impressive image! It is simply beautiful. You can feel the elegance in the sand, and the colors are amazing. Congrats on this!

Everyone else, be sure to check out Dan's image in the carousel at the front of the PSA Digital Dialogue site.
  Posted: 07/20/2021 21:41:20
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks for posting this thread, Robert. Just as a reminder, if any group member receives an invitation to supply an image for the Member's Showcase, please let me know so I can advise the group to view. Great image, Dan!   Posted: 07/21/2021 09:00:51
Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Thanks for the nice words!   Posted: 07/24/2021 10:51:22

Thread Title: in case you were missing me

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Go to and look for (something like) the Lobster   Posted: 06/15/2021 17:54:46
Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Gerard, congrats on getting selected! It is a very creative lobster. This one is fantastic even without the butter.   Posted: 06/24/2021 17:41:57

Thread Title: Departing

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
I want to thank you all for the fun this group has given me. These months have been illuminating for me in your comments on my work and in thinking about yours: I have learnt much from both.
I am off into a new direction (group 99) as I would like to spend some time focusing on B&W. Please come visit me there - and I will be back to visit here also. - gerard   Posted: 04/30/2021 19:53:41
Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Please visit often Gerard and give me any feedback you can. I have really enjoyed your input. I will definitely stop in to check out your work as well. Have fun with the black and white group!   Posted: 05/01/2021 23:56:57
Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
You will be missed, Gerard. When I was looking for a new group that had a higher level of photographers, your images are what made me jump over to Group 96. Good luck!   Posted: 05/04/2021 11:24:40
Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Gerard, It has been a pleasure trading notes and thoughts. I hope we can continue to do that a bit even with you in the new Group. Best wishes with B&W!   Posted: 05/15/2021 10:35:38

Thread Title: Where'd You Go

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Only three - sadness. I assume that the drama of the election has taken people away from their recreation - though this is when we need it most :-). I do hope the absent will feel free to comment on the few; I would hate to miss out on your critiques.   Posted: 11/07/2020 15:02:39
Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Yeah, where is everyone? No election should take us away from photography - it's the perfect escape.   Posted: 11/07/2020 18:30:39
Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Oh Dan - the perfect pun!!   Posted: 11/07/2020 19:07:17

Thread Title: Gerard’s Honorable Mention

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Here is another web link to a gallery of photography landscapes - just posted today - in which I am particularly proud to have an honorable mention with my Sept's image in this group :-)   Posted: 10/01/2020 07:09:32

Thread Title: Landscape Inspiration

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair might provide some inspiration   Posted: 09/19/2020 14:52:59

Thread Title: Welcome to the Bulletin Board

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Hello Everyone - Welcome to the bulletin board for Group 96. This bulletin board is set up for the purpose of discussing topics related to our groups theme - SCAPES. The discussions on this bulletin board are beyond the scope of our dialogue related to the images we submit for study and comments. The comments and discussion on this bulletin board are year around and do not end at the completion of a round of photos. Hope you enjoy...I am looking forward to some discussions!   Posted: 05/23/2020 08:34:45

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