Dear Digit: How do I make sense of the terms and technicalities associated with digital images?

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“Dear Digit, there are so many terms and technicalities associated with digital images, I’m lost. Do I need to know the difference between JPG and GIF, DPI and PPI, resizing and compressing, etc.? If so, how can I keep them straight?”

There are three categories of terms that are essential to producing, using, and sharing digital images: file type, file ‘quality’ and file size. Let’s take a closer look at each category.

FILE TYPES

Files types are identified by their extensions. If you are using or dealing with RAW (.raw) images, you will want to have a more nuanced understanding of file types than we can address in a brief article. For the other types, some general rules apply. The following table is a useful way to make sense of which specific uses each file type is designed for. Continue reading “Dear Digit: How do I make sense of the terms and technicalities associated with digital images?”

Bouma Post Yards – 60th anniversary re-branding

BPY_old sign_reference photoBouma Post Yards (BPY) started by accident, sixty years ago.  Founders Harold and Johanna Bouma needed some posts for their property, and had to drive several hours to buy them.  The area where they live in Montana has plenty of trees – wind-warped pines and water-logged cottonwoods – but not many that make good fence poles.

Before Harold could get the fence built, his neighbors, having spotted the posts sitting out near the road, stopped by asking to purchase the whole load.  So he sold it. Continue reading “Bouma Post Yards – 60th anniversary re-branding”