Digital Photography Tip Number 1....Keep Your Camera's Quality Setting High

Tip #1) Keep The Camera's Quality Setting High.... Buy a good camera and don't reduce the photo quality settings in the camera, just to be able to fit more images on the memory card. I've seen people set the image quality on almost the lowest setting and then brag about how many pictures they can fit on their card. But then you look at their little 4x6 prints and you can see why they fit so many on the card, the image quality is terrible, because they set the camera on the lowest quality setting. I leave my camera on the highest non-RAW setting for most pictures, and switch to RAW when I want the best quality. If I see that I am running low on memory card space, then I will switch to a lower quality setting, but I haven't had to do that very often.

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This first photo is with a low quality setting. To see a larger version of the photo, please click on the digital photo.

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This second photo is with a higher quality setting. To see a larger version of the photo, please click on the digital photo.

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As you can see by these two examples, changing the digital camera quality settings has a major impact on the quality of your digital photos. If you set the quality low in your digital camera, you won't be able to improve the quality of the photo later with some photo editing software program. Maybe you could improve some parts of the photo slightly, but if the original photo starts at low quality from the digital camera, then it will stay low quality. It's best to keep the quality setting high for the original digital photo and then if you want to reduce it's size, then make a copy of the photo and reduce it's size with a photo editing software program, like Corel Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop.

To get the best photo quality, you can set your digital camera to save the photos as RAW images. With the RAW format the images will have to undergo post-processing on a computer. Special knowledge is required with RAW images, so if you aren't a professional photographer, you might be better off not using the RAW format. Just set your digital camera to its highest non-RAW format, like with my Canon 20D it is L.