The Toolkit December 2004: Photography Lexicography
12/1/2004
Don't know the difference between a JPG and a TIF? Wondering how much resolution you really need? We'll catch you up on the digital-imaging lingo.
Don't know the difference between a JPG and a TIF? Wondering how much resolution you really need? We'll catch you up on the digital-imaging lingo.

Batteries: Digital cameras come with alkaline, lithium-ion or nickel-metal-hydride (NiMh) batteries. Alkalines are convenient because you can buy them anywhere, but they don't last as long as the other types. Stick with rechargeables, and keep a spare battery handy just in case. Cameras eat batteries at an alarming rate, especially when the LCD screen (see below) is turned on.

File format: JPCs, GIFs and TIFs are the universal formats recognized by all photo software. Use JPGs and GIFs for posting online. TIFs make better prints.