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Mastering the Nikon D5000 by Darrell Young

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Understanding Image Formats

In this special section, I will go beyond just how to turn the various formats on and off and will discuss why you might want to use a particular format over another. I will cover details you should know as a digital photographer.

NEF (RAW) Format

This Nikon proprietary format (Figure 6-16) stores RAW image data directly to the camera’s memory card in files and can easily be recognized because the filename ends with .nef, which stands for Nikon Electronic Format. This is not an image format used in day-to-day graphical work (like JPEG), and an NEF image is not yet really even an image. Instead, NEF is a base storage format used to store images for conversion to another format like JPEG, TIFF, or EPS. Other than initial ...

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