Beau Hooker , Mar 31, 2004; 10:34 a.m.
Hi Kevin, Versions of Photoshop prior to CS didn't support 16-bit images very well, but the new version (CS) does much better. I think most people would agree that, yes, there is an advantage to staying in 16-bit mode as much as possible or practical because there's much more information in a 16-bit file and things like tonal gradations should be much smoother. The downside to 16-bit is obviously the relatively huge filesizes you must deal with. They can really put a bite on your disk space, RAM and CPU. I tend to shoot RAW and use 16-bit only for images that are important to me - if it's just a few knock-off shots in the backyard, I set my 10D to large JPEG and don't fool with those big files. If you find working in RAW and using 16-bit images looks better, and most people do, you might consider springing for an upgrade to CS. Good luck!