August 15, 2012

Finally shooting RAW!

Guess what?  I’m finally shooting RAW!  I didn’t think the ol’ laptop was going to be able to handle the RAW files, but I lucked out!  It didn’t shut down once!  It’s amazing how much you can alter a RAW photo file.  So much more than a JPG/JPEG that’s for sure!  You know what I love though?  A photo that barely needs any processing!  As much as I love to have fun with edits, it’s quite refreshing to get a shot that needs little to no tweaking!  Especially when you’ve taken hundreds of photos! 

Right now, I’d like to give myself a little pat on the back!  I actually managed to get a couple good shots in the house and without using my flash!  It’s quite challenging for me especially seeing as the house can be very dark and I don’t like to set my ISO over 800.  With the pictures I’ve attached in this post, I lowered my shutter speed to 40 and 25!  Yes, this is incredibly low and if you don’t have a VERY steady hand your images can come out blurry.  There is nothing worse than blur!  Thank heavens Alivia was still watching TV or I may have never gotten such great shots!  I brightened this first image a bit too much but it’s late, I’m tired, and I just couldn’t find the energy to fix it.  Sorry in advance if you need sunglasses to view!  Nah, I’m just kidding!  I just like to rag on myself every now and then!  I guess it’s not that bad; I’m just very critical of myself!  I’m sure some of you can relate. 

Anyhow, I’ll leave you with these and catch you all on Friday!  I can’t believe another week is almost over!  Oh, and in case you are not familiar with the difference between RAW and JPG, I thought I’d share this post that I found over at Digital Photography School!

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Ah, this next shot is much better.  Yay for proper exposure!

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I’m linking up the shot below to the following photo challenges…

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the long road

Love the hand on her face in this next shot!  You’d think she was posing!  Either that or thinking!

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And again with the hand!

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Laughing at the plane going by!

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  1. Raw is awesome! Sure wish it didn't take up so much room! Gorgeous captures!

  2. Ah, raw, you will never go back!! :0) I also agree, it is refreshing to take a picture that needs no editing! These are great, her eyes are just so gorgeous!!

  3. I shoot raw, but then convert them to digital negatives. It makes smaller files and you can edit them just as a raw file. You will really love shooting like this! This is a great set :)

  4. Raw is awesome ... you can do so much more with it during processing without degrading the file. Love it. I shoot in RAW & JPG mode so i have both, even though 99% of the time I only use the RAW files. I can't believe those shots are at 40 or 25 shutter speed- you have one steady hand girl! You like indoor shots ... you should try a 50mm lens if you don't already have one ... it will change your world LOL! :) I love my 50mm :) (Although most of these kinda look like they were shot with a 50 from the bokeh, especially bert & ernie!!)
    I love the 2nd photo of Alivia (the one where you said you got it right) - so sweet - her big brown eyes are so pretty!!

  5. LOVELY Elena! These are all simply gorgeous. That little adorable munchkin is getting so big!

  6. Love these!! I have shot on and off with RAW. They are so big!! I will have to try what Molly said. :)

  7. Your daughter is simply beautiful! I love shooting raw too! It makes such a big difference.

  8. Yay for shooting RAW! I switched a few months ago, and will never go back. I agree with Molly - I convert to DNG on import.

    Love those little toes! And your girlie has some killer lashes. Jealous. ;)

  9. Oh my goodness, your daughter is so precious. I love the pictures you shared.


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