Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Double Takes With Rebecca: Baked or Raw?

Did you know a photo is like a cupcake?

If you shoot in jpg, 
which all cameras can do, 
then your finished photo is like a baked cupcake - 
with all the processing decisions being made 
by the camera.

You can ice it, 
 add sprinkles, 
and maybe cut off some burned edges if you need to, 
but you can't go back and adjust 
the ingredients that made the cupcake! 

Your camera is very smart 
and often makes good decisions for you,
but not every time or in every situation. 
Shooting jpg leaves you little latitude later on.

That's where shooting in raw 
comes in.
If your camera has the ability to shoot in raw, 
it will collect all the raw ingredients 
needed for your photo to 
give you the power to 
make adjustments to the recipe 
before baking...or printing in this case. 

All images begin in raw...
it just depends on who 
makes the processing decisions:
you or the camera.

jpg - Your camera decides
raw - You decide

Here is a diagram from a helpful link 
at The Lightroom Lab website:

Most dSLR's will shoot in raw, 
and many point and shoot cameras will as well.
You can check your camera's manual
to learn about its settings. 
Check under image quality options.

Shooting in raw has an upside and downside.

The downside is
your file size will be much larger 
and eat up space on your camera card 
and computer.

The upside is 
your file size will be much larger 
and you have more information 
to work with saved on the card and computer!

So, I consider it a win-win!
You can always buy a larger card if you need to! 

You do not need to feel like you are cheating 
by adjusting your raw photo.
A raw photo comes out unprocessed 
and therefore looks kind of muddy. 
It is expected that you will 
play with the ingredients 
to get a recipe 
that captures what you saw creatively.

You will need software to read a raw image. 
But most photo software including 
Picasa, Photoshop and others 
(including any software that came with your camera)
will read a raw image. 

After processing,
 you can save the image in jpg
and share it with others.

Back in the day of film...
the same thing happened.
A photographer could buy specific types of film 
and use different darkroom techniques 
to get the creative look they desired. 
It was a more difficult process, 
but there was still a creative process involved. 

That being said, 
I do not always shoot in raw.

I shoot in raw when 
being able to correct white balance 
or exposure is important.
When someone pays for portraiture I shoot raw. 

When I am taking snapshots, fun shots, 
or rapid shots I use jpg.
I shoot my son's soccer games in large jpg.

If you don't shoot in raw...
at least shoot in the largest file size you can 
(shown below.)
A large file size collects more pixels 
and will give you a better looking photo, 
especially if you plan to enlarge it. 

Happy Shooting! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spotlight Photos for Scavenger Hunt - Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

"Something old, something new,
 something borrowed, something blue"
was the theme for our Scavenger Hunt suggested by Mark. It was really nice to see everyone's varied choices for this hunt.

Scriptor Senex, new lamb - something new.

Ann, blue dragon - something blue.

Jedediah, the Christianskirche in Altona, built in 1738 - something old.

Southwest Arkie, her homemade stew that she had to borrow two potatoes from her daughter to make - something borrowed.

Our challenge for October 28th is CREEPY CRAWLIES!! There is a definition for this term also - Creepy-crawly is a slang term used for insects or other creatures that crawl and make people feel fear and disgust. Insects, spiders, worms, oh my!!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spotlight Photos

I love how Collect in Texas Gal
captured this monarch with backlighting.

And these sweet cherries by Jama 
are beautifully composed and lit.

I love the waterdrops on 
Another Slice of Life's 
Sweet Peas.

And the photo of the old Sweet Shop 
by Scriptor Senex.

A beautiful collection of photos was submitted 
representing sweetness!

Next up...a Scavanger Hunt.  

Check the details here

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Member Voice for October 21st Photo Scavenger Hunt suggested by Mark

 October 21st is another photo scavenger hunt for FMTSO. Here is a reminder of the guidelines:
*straight out of the camera, no editing
*one photo per word
*three words for each hunt
* add a fourth photo if you can find all three hunt words in one (or just post this one photo)
* hunt area includes your town, surrounding areas, surrounding countryside
Scavenger Hunt suggested by Mark, Butler and Bagman - Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I guess that is four.
Mark's suggestion contains four subjects so use your own interpretations, have fun and HAPPY SHOOTING!!
Mark's member voice below;
When Doreen kindly asked if I could write a short "Member's Voice" bit about the theme I had suggested, my first reaction was befuddlement.  I had forgotten that I had suggested that theme.  But I get befuddled easily these days.  Also, this morning, I have suddenly, inexplicably become enamored of the word: "befuddlement" -- it looks so funny in print. 
Where was I?   Oh yes, I believe when Doreen was asking for suggestions for scavenger hunts this theme popped into my head for absolutely no reason that I can think of, unless someone somewhere had mentioned marriage that day. 
"Something old, something new,
 something borrowed, something blue."
This is an old wedding tradition that seems to have come into being in England or Scotland during the Victorian Age.  If a bride incorporates these items in her wedding dress she is supposed to have good luck in her marriage.  It must be an old custom because it is limited to the bride.  What about the groom? 
Anyhow, in terms of a photo scavenger hunt it is wide-open to interpretation and variety.  
And while it may be more difficult for Friday Hometown Shooters who don't live in Great Britain, you might earn a bonus from the closing line of this matrimonial ditty which is: "And a silver sixpence in her shoe."   Or his shoe, to be politically correct. 
Have fun and embrace befuddlement!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spotlight Photos from October 7 - Discoveries and being Thankful

Hi all!!

 Since it was Columbus Day in the United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada on October 10th, our challenge was to show something you have discovered  or something you are thankful for in your town. 

As always, our shooters did not disappoint!

QMM is thankful for a new day dawning. read her clever insight into a new day here.

 Dawn caught a cute baby discovering his toes. and to check out her other fabulous discoveries, click here.

 Mark is thankful for his neighbor, Steve that is always ready to help out. (and has a nice big truck!) But Mark has a handy dandy hat shown below. To see the awesome neighbor Steve, check out Mark's post here.

 Pauline is thankful for her "uppity and downities". check out what she means by that here.

Our challenge for October 14th is Sweet! Show us sweets in your town.There are many definitions for sweet.

An intensive used to express satisfaction, acceptance, pleasure, excellence, exaltation, approval, awe, or reverence.
nice, pleasant, endearing, likable, non-threatening.
a kind thoughtful person / someone you like to be around / a positive remark.

having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc.
 So there you have it shooters. Go out and find your sweet spot. 


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spotlight Photos - Stairs!!


 Our fun subject this week was stairs..going up, coming down, from behind. I had such fun feeling a bit            dizzy..wonderful shots that kinda gave me the willies..but beautiful too!

                                                                          Dawn Treader....

                                                                              Jama's shot....

K ..I want one of these in front of my house! Kim's shot!

Ok..Mark this is just beautiful!!!

Last but not lease..this stunning shot by Doreen!
Beautiful job all!!

Next weeks subject is....Columbus Day in the United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada are October 10. Show us something you have discovered in your town or something you are thankful for in your town!