Photo Lesson Overview on CGIPix.com

CGIPix is an observation that Nikon, Canon and the rest no longer make cameras,
they make computers that you can attach a lens to.
Here is a basic overview of what it takes to create good, better or best pictures, you decide how much effort you want to put into your pictures.

RAW vs JPEG

Just like anything new, once you get used to a new format, it's a lot easier to use.

JPEG

Shooting JPEG is a good way to start off in digital photography. The format is familiar, the file sizes are smaller and the buffer doesn't fill up as much. JPEG is a good format for basic shooting too, whenever I shoot pictures of stuff to sell online, it's in JPEG format. If you're shooting JPEG, make sure to use the Large Fine file settings. It won't make a lot of difference in the final print, but it will add some quality, and that can be nice if you need to crop, or want to print a larger image.

RAW

Shooting in RAW is really the best way to go. The RAW file format is the image data, before it is processed in the camera. If something goes wrong, it's a lot easier to fix a RAW file than it is to fix a JPEG.

RAW Conversion

Converting from RAW to another format is not very hard, and allows you to do a lot of tweaking of the final image output. There are plenty of free programs to use, manufacturer programs, and aftermarket software. TIFF

After converting a file from RAW, the best format to save it to is a TIFF file. TIFF files are also uncompressed, like RAW, so there is no data loss after multiple editing times. The one drawback to a TIFF file is they are incredibly large. A 50-100MB fileis common when converting a RAW file to TIFF. A JPEG image is subject to getting unwanted artifacts if it is opened and edited on too many times.
Here are the guidelines for using any pictures from this site:

If the image is stated as being a COPYRIGHTED IMAGE, then it cannot be used. A link MUST be placed from the page that the picture is used, either to Home Page, Thumbnail Page or to the photo's Gallery Page.
The link can be a text link at the bottom of the page, or the picture can be a link.
There is a limit of 10 (Ten) photos that may be used from this website on another single website. After 10 (Ten) photos, permission must be obtained to use additional photos.
Keep the name of the picture as it was originally named, without changing it.
The images on this site are all sized at 400 x 600, that is the size limit for using them on any other website.
The Desktop Backgrounds are for personal use only, and are not meant to be put on a website, unless they are resized at 400 x 600.
You can use the images for commercial, personal, professional or any type of website.
If it's a commercial website, remember that you don't have a model release, so if it's a picture with someone in it, and they are prominently featured, you can't use it without a model release. When it's a picture of scenery or anything where the people are not identifiable, then you can use it freely.
The "MODELS" pictures are all PREMIUM images. They cannot be used without permission.
It's not a requirement, but send me an e-mail if you use a photo.