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Editor Aug 15, 2006 43 comments
Raw file format offers many advantages over shooting JPEG or TIFF, but needs a specific program to allow it to even be seen. DNG format. as proposed by Adobe, offers a more universal type Raw file format, and some new digital cameras from various makers have now adopted this format. Do you think DNG is a good idea or do you, like some camera manufacturers who have opted not to adopt it, consider it too much of a compromise?
Please comment briefly on your experience with raw formats.
Yes, I think it is a good idea.
69% (142 votes)
No , I am sticking with the proprietary formats.
12% (24 votes)
I don
20% (41 votes)
Total votes: 207
Editor Jan 17, 2011 41 comments
With more and more people using iPhones and so-called "smart" phones to make images, have you worked with the various apps for processing and sharing? Do you see this as a valid form of imaging and something you'd like to see covered in Shutterbug?
Please comment briefly on your experience with smart phone photography.
Yes, I do take some images with camera phones and would like to see coverage in the magazine.
20% (20 votes)
No, it is more like a basic point and shoot and don't think you should cover it.
70% (69 votes)
I am curious, though I haven't used it for anything but casual snapshots.
9% (9 votes)
Total votes: 98
Editor Jul 27, 2004 35 comments
There are a host of inkjet paper surfaces and brands available. To get the best results it's often recommended to work with the paper with the printer manufacturer's brand. Is this your practice?
Please comment briefly on your experience with using other than printer manufacturer's papers.
Yes, it's the easiest and simplest way.
19% (13 votes)
Yes, but I experiment with other "3rd party" papers.
43% (29 votes)
No, I like other papers and am comfortable with downloading profiles for them.
38% (26 votes)
Total votes: 68
Editor Feb 10, 2010 63 comments
Increasingly, makers of new D-SLR cameras are touting the video benefits of their cameras as much as the still features. How much do video features count if you were to be in the market for a new D-SLR?
Please comment briefly on your experience with video with a D-SLR.
A lot, I really enjoy the ability to do both.
7% (23 votes)
Not at all. I'm not into video and want a great still camera.
69% (222 votes)
It counts, but not as much as great still camera features.
24% (79 votes)
Total votes: 324
Editor Jun 10, 2008 91 comments
The newest DSLRs coming to market seem to be split into two camps--those with LiveView and those without. Does LiveView functionality make that much of a difference that it might sway you to purchase one DSLR ove another similar model lacking that feature?
Please comment briefly on your experience, if any, with LiveView, or give your opinion on its potential benefit in your work.
Yes, I think LiveView is an important new feature that would help me choose one model over another.
69% (452 votes)
No, LiveView is not something that would sway my decision.
27% (176 votes)
I am not sure, as I have not seen it demonstrated and am not sure how it would aid my work.
4% (25 votes)
Total votes: 653
Editor Mar 14, 2005 32 comments
There are many more options today for getting prints from digital image files. There are labs, kiosks, online services and of course personal desktop printing. How would you say the majority of your prints are made?
Please comment briefly on your experiences with a kiosk, lab or online print service.
I print most of my digital image files at home or in my studio.
57% (51 votes)
I print the most important images at home but use kiosks, labs or online services for the majority of my work.
9% (8 votes)
I have all my work printed by a kiosk, lab or online service.
27% (24 votes)
7% (6 votes)
Total votes: 89
Editor Apr 18, 2008 21 comments
Given that camera phones today offer multimedia connections, and often have 5MP sensors, would you consider using one instead of your small digicam? This does not mean that you might replace your DSLR with the camera phone, but the pocket digicam you might ordinarily throw into your bag when you leave the house.
Please comment briefly on your experiences with camera phones and their connectivity features.
Yes, given that image quality was good for snapshots I might consider it.
88% (456 votes)
No, I'll keep my cell as my phone and still carry a small digicam with me
8% (43 votes)
I only shoot photos with my DSLR, so if the phone offered a lot of conveniences I might use one as a "second" snapshot camera.
4% (22 votes)
Total votes: 521
Editor Jan 22, 2008 50 comments
There's a continuing debate about the use of "legacy glass" on modern DSLR cameras, that is, using lenses of "pre-digital" manufacture on today's cameras. Some insist that only modern lenses "dedicated to digital" will yield optimum results, while others disagree. Aside from the multiplication factor, have you worked with older lenses on your newer DSLR and found they give good results, or not?
Please comment briefly on your experiences with using both post- and pre-digital manufactured lenses.
Yes, and I see a marked difference in image quality when using "digital dedicated" lenses.
87% (556 votes)
Yes, and I see no difference, or no marked difference that would convince me not to continue using the older lenses.
11% (73 votes)
No, I only work with digital dedicated lenses.
1% (8 votes)
Total votes: 637
Editor Jan 11, 2007 42 comments
Many of us have slides and negatives that we’d like to convert to digital form to print using our inkjet printers or share on web pages and the Internet. What is your conversion strategy?
Please comment briefly on your film to digital conversion workflow.
I have a scanner and handle it myself.
85% (267 votes)
I have a lab or service bureau handle it for me.
3% (9 votes)
I still have “traditional” prints made from film and have yet to consider or think about how to convert them to digital form.
12% (37 votes)
Total votes: 313
Editor Oct 13, 2010 41 comments
While we all can agree that RAW format offers the potential for the best image quality, not everyone agrees about how to process the file. Some think that the manufacturer knows their RAW file structure best, while others believe that third-party RAW converters do just as well. When processing your RAW files do you:
Please comment briefly on your RAW file processing experience.
Stick with the manufacturer software.
16% (22 votes)
Use Aperture, Lightroom, ACR or other third-party software.
77% (108 votes)
Don't shoot RAW, so it doesn't apply.
8% (11 votes)
Total votes: 141