Hi all, need help!

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by power, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. power

    power New to SC

    Dec 31, 2014
    Just started our first day of our holiday! I also brought a new camera last week a Sony alpha a6000! Played around with it for a few days, and packed in the bag.
    On our plane flight (free magazine) i was reading between raw and jpeg, i think iam better going with jpeg and easier to print photos at any department store! Now i left all my camera manuals @ home, so how do i know if iam in raw or jpeg and how do i put it into jpeg mode? & if its in raw now will i loose those photos by switching to jpeg?
    Thanks for your time
  2. dalethorn

    dalethorn SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2013
    Charleston SC
    Real Name:
    same as user name
    You won't lose any data that's already recorded in memory, unless something goes wrong with the memory card. When I don't carry manuals (I never do), I download the PDF manual or copy it from the disk that comes with the camera, and then transfer it to my ipad and cellphone.
  3. Plaatje

    Plaatje SC Regular

    Oct 20, 2014
  4. power

    power New to SC

    Dec 31, 2014
    Cheers guys got the manual from the sony website! Got a 12 hour bus daytrip tomorrow so will give time to flick through it!
  5. power

    power New to SC

    Dec 31, 2014
    Ok so do i set it for RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard? Rembering i like to print my photos at department stores! Thanks
  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks SC Regular

    Dec 21, 2014
    Raw & jpeg is the safest choice. That way you can print the jpegs at your local dept. store, but you can keep the raw files in case you ever decide to try your hand at post processing. I still have a bunch of jpegs from my early years of shooting, and I kick myself every time I view them. I've gotten better at post processing over the years, but those jpegs are stuck with the limited data with which I shot them. I left all this beautiful light, color, and clarity on the table and walked away. :frown:
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  7. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Unless SD card space is an issue I'd also suggest RAW+JPEG. That way you have the RAW file in case you come home with a picture you want to edit more than the JPEG will allow.
    That being said I'm very impressed with the A6000 JPEGs, so I wouldn't lose too much sleep over just shooting JPEG fine.

    I would suggest turning on the zebras at the 100+ setting, this will give you a visual indication of blown highlights and let you dial in exposure compensation before shooting. Blown highlights is one of the biggest reason for me to shoot RAW, there's a lot more headroom in a RAW file than in a JPEG, but with the zebras you know before you take the shot if it's going to be an issue.