Shooting JPEG and RAW files

Images can be saved in a variety of formats. Choosing the right one depends on what you want to do with them.


All Canon digital cameras can produce JPEG files. These are processed within the camera, discarding any unwanted image data. You can open a JPEG file in the software supplied with your Canon camera and make modifications. Such as converting a colour file to black and white. But you are not working with all the data and this limits the range of changes you can make.

If you enjoy working on images after they have been downloaded to your computer it is better to shoot RAW files. All EOS and some PowerShot cameras can create RAW images. These retain all the data captured by the camera which gives a wider range of options to adjust your photo. You could apply a red, yellow or green filter effect to increase contrast or even add a sepia, blue or purple tint.

Enter the Gallery
Opportunities exist everywhere to take great black and white photos. Now you have read the advice in this tutorial, take your camera out and let your creativity free to take some great photos. Then enter your favourite in the Gallery. Next month your photo could be displayed as one of the best!

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