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Rich: We've set up in some harsh lighting conditions. Not the ideal time for shooting Time-lapse, but this is going to really illustrate the benefits of which file format you choose. The first choice that a lot of people choose is shooting JPEG. The benefit of JPEG is you could fit a lot more files on the card. For example, I put a 32 gig card in here, and even using a maximum quality JPEG, I can get 4,000 frames on that card. If I shot RAW much less. So, if you're pinched for card space or you don't have the ability to do back-up in the field and you need to keep those cards as empty as possible, so you could shoot for as long as possible. You're probably going to shoot JPEG.
So, when you're shooting JPEG, you don't really get the benefits of all the highlights recovery. You can make a JPEG file look good, but there are some trade-offs. Let's fire off a couple of JPEGS and show you what I mean. I'm going to go into my quality settings and adjust. And in this case, we're going to shoot RAW plus JPEG, so we can do a comparison. Nice shot with the blue sky, lot of rocks. Let's recompose the frame a little bit. I'm shooting into the shadowy areas.
And let's just check out meters for a second. Little bit underexposed there, so I'll adjust the aperture there. And let's tweak the ISO, that looks good. We've shot the same file as both JPEG and RAW, and this is going to allow us to put those two side by side. If you're shooting JPEG only, I strongly encourage you to use the maximum quality that you have, and pay particular attention to your in-camera meters.
It's better to shoot slightly under-exposed, maybe half a stop to one stop. Then to overexpose a JPEG file. In any case, just take the time to review your images. And when shooting Time-lapse, always pay attention to your meters, because you have to be in manual mode. The camera's not going to do that work for you. You must pay attention.
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