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The raw vs JPEG showdown : Which file format is better?

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The raw vs JPEG showdown : Which file format is better?

Since the dawn of digital photography, photographers have been fighting it out, trying to ascertain which photo file format is best. Some will swear by RAW files with their seemingly limitless options, while others claim JPEGs are smaller, quicker, and better. I’m here to help break down the differences, similarities, pitfalls, and perks of both RAW and JPEG to maybe even settle this age-old (or decade old) battle.
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Taking Fabulous Photos in a “No Flash” Zone

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Taking Fabulous Photos in a “No Flash” Zone

In low light situations, the flash is usually your “go to” solution. But what if you can’t use it? You may be in a “no flash” zone in a museum or aquarium, or it may not be socially appropriate for flash usage. Your best friend probably wouldn’t appreciate you flashing away like paparazzi while she says her wedding vows. It is still possible to take a good picture in low light conditions without using your flash. It requires a bit more work on your part, but you will likely be pleased with the result. Flashes create unflattering light, flatten digital images, and cause reflections off glass display cases so it may not be the best solution anyway.
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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

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Basics: What is RAW and how does it help Photographers?

Does your camera have a RAW file format selection in its Image Quality option? Chances are it has one, but most of the time this gets ignored in favor of the JPEGs. After all, we are more familiar with the JPEG options, right? So in this article we are going to dive in and learn about this image file format and see how it can benefit us in our photography.
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Extended Exposure Photography

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Extended Exposure Photography

Intermediate Extended exposure photography is special, it is unlike many forms of photography that have little required planning or special gear. There are no snapshots in extended exposure photography. It takes careful planning in order to take a photograph of this type that is more than just a blurry mess. The fun is found in the meticulous study of light and the experimental tinkering required to do it well. Here is the gear you need and some tips to make your forays into extended exposure photography successful.
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The Benefits of a Raw File Format

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The Benefits of a Raw File Format

Intermediate Raw vs. jpeg is a debate that continues to exist in the digital photography world. But there are some distinct advantages to the raw format. If you have considered adjusting your camera’s image quality setting to raw, it is worth a try to see what all of the fuss is about. You will need to be prepared to spend more time post processing (at least initially), but therein lies the beauty of a raw file. There is so much you can do!

Raw files, or digital negatives, contain the complete data from your camera’s sensor. Just like raw food is uncooked, raw images are unprocessed. They are not compressed or modified in any way. It is truly untouched and “as is”. None of the typical adjustments your camera may make to an image in terms of sharpness, noise reduction, etc. have occurred. The file must be processed and exported as an image file for use. Raw opens up a whole new world of editing possibilities. Many of the common problems with images, like poor exposure or improper white balance, can be “fixed” in post processing of a raw image.
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Photographing that Winter Wonderland

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Photographing that Winter Wonderland

I know, the weather outside is frightful. And the fire… well, please don’t be tempted to sit there in front of it. Yes it’s true, fire can be a lovely and challenging photographic subject, but there’s only so many pictures you can take of that one log burning down under your mantle. You’re out of excuses! It’s time to put on that warm winter jacket, a good pair of fingerless gloves and your snow boots. It’s time to pack up your camera and take some pictures of all that lovely snow.
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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

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6 advantages of shooting in RAW

Yes, RAW. I know you’ve heard of it, even if you’re not using it. It’s that sort-of intimidating format you hear so many other photographers swear by. If you’re filtering out most of the white noise you hear about shooting in RAW, what you’re probably getting is this: RAW is better. But why? And is it for you?
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Creating Better Black and White Photos

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Creating Better Black and White Photos

Back in the caveman days, you know, when we took photos on film, a formal education in photography often began with black and white. Black and white photography was a good format for beginning students because the film was easy to process and darkroom techniques were straightforward. Today we bypass that whole film-to-darkroom thing, so a lot of us are passing over the opportunity to learn about shooting in black and white. After all, why would we want to shoot in drab shades of gray? We live in a color world.

If this is your thinking, it’s time to re-examine the way you think about photography – and the way you see the world around you. Black and white photos have something that color photos do not: simplicity. When you strip away all the color from a scene, you immediately have something that is simpler than its original.
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Shooting in the Snow

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Shooting in the Snow

There’s nothing like a snowy day to inspire your inner photographer. Snow-capped peaks, the sunlight reflecting off ice crystals, kids throwing snowballs at each other – almost everything about the snow begs for photographs. But wait! You can’t just grab your camera and start shooting. Snow creates tricky conditions for photography, and if your photos are going to adequately capture the natural beauty and winter fun of the day, you need to be armed with more than just your camera and a pair of fingerless gloves.
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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

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How To Create Beautiful Waterfall Pictures

One of life’s simple truths: you can’t walk past a waterfall without taking a photo of it. That would just be wrong!

But you don’t often get a chance to go back and do it over again, either, so you’d better make sure you get it right. Waterfalls are elusive creatures – and by that I mean that getting to them often requires a certain amount of effort, such as a long drive and/or a long hike. If you don’t get the right shot the first time you either have to hike in again or forget the whole endeavor. And waterfalls that aren’t secluded have the annoying extra problem of being surrounded by a lot of other people, most of whom are also trying to capture that perfect photo.

Here’s how to guarantee you’ll come home from that hike with plenty of beautiful waterfall pictures.
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Black and White Photography

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Black and White Photography

Digital photography has done a lot of great things for us. It’s made film unnecessary, which means that individual shots no longer cost anything and you are now free to take as many pictures as you want without fear of wasted film. A related benefit is that you no longer need to choose a specific film to put in your camera–if you want to shoot at a higher ISO there’s no need to go out and purchase that high ISO film–instead, you just select the correct ISO in your camera’s settings. And the same is true for black and white vs. color. If your camera allows it, you can switch back and forth between black and white on the fly, or you can do as many conversions as you like in post-processing. But there are still some things you need to remember to ensure that your digital black and white images are as beautiful as the black and white film photos taken decades ago.
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How DSLRs Have Improved Over The Years

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How DSLRs Have Improved Over The Years

Cars and cameras have changed so much over the past decade that I’m starting to think a lease option might be a good idea. Whether you’re on the Nikon or Canon side of the fence, or another fence altogether, the new generation of cameras are incredible compared to their predecessors. The biggest boost is that they accommodate more light scenarios than ever before, which is just what we want to hear. Plus, from megapixels to sensors to ISO settings to frames per seconds (fps) rates, and I must add improved flash/memory cards, the latest DSLRs are making photographers more pixel-happy than ever before.
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Improving RAW Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements – Vibrancy, Saturation and Sharpness

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Improving RAW Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements – Vibrancy, Saturation and Sharpness

In our last tutorial on RAW images with Photoshop Elements, we touched on some of the things you can do with using the bundled software known as Camera RAW. There are a number of reasons why you might want to start taking your photos in the RAW format. For one, it allows you to go back to the drawing board every time you want to do a different kind of post-processing on your image. There’s no degradation in the quality of the original RAW image because you never actually use the RAW file in the end. You merely develop it into a JPEG.

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover some of things you can do to improve the colors in your images using Camera RAW. Last time, we touched on this a little bit. I showed you how to get the right exposure and brightness with an image that’s already pretty good straight out of the camera. Now I want to show you how to sharpen the image and bump up the contrast using the same tools.
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The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo

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The Workflow I Use To Ensure I Always Make A Great Photo

Every photographer has a preferred process. From taking a photo to processing it in photoshop, every little step can add to your success or become the reason for a failure. We call this process your photography workflow. Though it is largely a preference, there are some things you can do to ensure you always make a great photo. Consider these tips for improving your photography workflow.
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3 Reasons You Aren’t Shooting In RAW Yet

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3 Reasons You Aren’t Shooting In RAW Yet

I have said in previous posts that RAW photography isn’t for everyone. It definitely takes a little more effort to get into RAW, but once you do, you’ll find you have a lot more control over your images. A lot of people ask me if it’s worth getting into RAW photography, and I always say it definitely is. Are these three things holding you back from trying it out?
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