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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 Jul 20, 2006 59 comments
More and more colleges and photo schools are dropping their darkroom classes, and some have even stopped teaching photography using film. Do you think that learning about photography via film, and darkroom work, is essential, or should schools just head right for digital right now?
Please comment briefly on how you think photography is best taught.
Learning via film and darkroom work is an essential part of a photographic education, and appreciation.
33% (84 votes)
Why waste time on film? Digital is the future and that's what should be taught.
29% (74 votes)
Film and darkroom work is a great foundation for learning about digital, so it should be the first thing taught, followed by dig
38% (96 votes)
Total votes: 254
Editor Jun 12, 2006 56 comments
Raw file format is both an opportunity and, for some, a challenge. There's no doubt that it provides the most image information, but some still feel it is more trouble than it is worth. If you shoot with a Raw-capable camera, do you:
Please share some brief comments on your experiences with Raw file format, and why you might or might not use it.
Shoot Raw file format only and process each image.
49% (95 votes)
Shoot Raw + JPEG and process the Raw images when you have time.
31% (59 votes)
Shoot only JPEG or TIFF, as Raw is too much trouble.
20% (38 votes)
Total votes: 192
Editor May 23, 2006 0 comments
As summer approaches you might be considering taking your digital camera on the road. And, with camera producing ever-larger file sizes, the need for downloading and reformatting your memory card probably becomes greater. Please indicate your backup solutions, if any.
Please briefly describe your
I just carry extra memory cards, and edit to save space on each one as I go.
20% (25 votes)
I download to my laptop, burn a CD or DVD and then reformat my card.
35% (44 votes)
I use a portable download device.
36% (45 votes)
I have yet to develop a solution for this.
9% (11 votes)
Total votes: 125
Editor Apr 18, 2006 25 comments
There are now numerous color management/calibration devices and programs available in a variety of price ranges. While these can be invaluable in achieving better prints and results overall, many photographers are hesitant to use them due to their perceived complexity. What is your experience with calibration setups?
Please comment briefly on your experience with color management and profiling hardware and software.
I am satisfied with my results and don't want to get involved with further complications.
10% (6 votes)
I have used calibration devices and software and they have definitely improved my results.
53% (31 votes)
I have heard these devices and software can help, but have been hesitant to get involved because I am concerned that they are to
37% (22 votes)
Total votes: 59
Editor Mar 20, 2006 25 comments
At the recent PMA Show both Canon and HP introduced pigment-ink desktop printers, joining Epson in that arena. From what you understand as the difference between dye-based and pigment inkjet printers, will you make the choice on your next inkjet printer based upon the ink type it uses?
Please comment briefly on the features you look for in a desktop photo printer.
Yes, my choice would be pigment over dye-based inks.
52% (46 votes)
No, I would base my choice upon price and paper size capabilities.
19% (17 votes)
Not sure of the differences between the two.
29% (26 votes)
Total votes: 89
Editor Feb 09, 2006 49 comments
There are many options for making prints from digital files these days
Please supply a brief comment on your experiences, if any, with online digital printing services, and how you use it in your work.
Yes, I regularly use online printing services and find they fit my needs.
57% (76 votes)
No, but the new services are intriguing and I will try them out soon.
15% (20 votes)
I print all my images at home or in my studio.
28% (38 votes)
Total votes: 134
Editor Jan 12, 2006 49 comments
A number of companies have recently announced organizing and editing tools specifically aimed at digital photographers, including Apple's Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and acdsee's pro. Do you currently make it a regular habit to organize your images carefully after downloading?
Briefly comment on the organizing software you currently use, or how you track and catalog your digital images.
Yes, it is a regular part of my regimen.
64% (114 votes)
No, but I will be looking at options closely as I realize the importance of this task.
25% (45 votes)
No, I don't consider it that important.
11% (19 votes)
Total votes: 178
Editor Dec 15, 2005 55 comments
Affordable DSLRs are becoming more widespread. But integral lens digicams with 10X and 12X zooms are also available, with prices close to or lower than even affordable DSLRs. Which type best fits your style of photography?
Please comment briefly on how you weigh these options when making a buying decision.
Even with wide-ranging zooms on digicams I still want the option afforded by a wide range of interchangeable lenses.
66% (165 votes)
The 10X zoom digicams have every option I need, and are more portable than a DSLR body and many lenses.
22% (54 votes)
12% (30 votes)
Total votes: 249
Editor Nov 04, 2005 47 comments
Digital image file management is becoming an ever more important issue for photographers. How do you organize your digital images?
Please comment briefly on your approach to digital image organization.
I keep them on my hard drive in folders, then back up with CDs.
69% (151 votes)
I use an image organizing software program specifically designed to help me rate, organize and create a catalog of my work.
20% (44 votes)
I keep all my images on my hard drive, and haven't tackled the issue yet.
11% (25 votes)
Total votes: 220