Why I Shoot in RAW
For the past few years I have shot my photos in RAW format. RAW format in a digital negative of a photo that holds all details. Where JPEG is a format that compresses your photo and does not hold all details. You can set your camera to RAW + JPEG and it will give you both formats. I did that at first, but now I only shoot in RAW format unless I’m taking photos of something I know I’m not gonna be editing, then its JPEG.
The RAW format comes in different file names. I use a Canon so those have the extension of .CR2. Nikon is .NEF according to a quick search with Google.
To edit RAW format, you will need a program that supports it. I use Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6. You can use Adobe Photoshop Elements also.
Notice that I was able to change the settings in order to recover some blown out details. I also was able to change my white balance to Daylight. I usually shoot in Auto White Balance (AWB) because I know I will be able to change it later. I was also able to change all kinds of other options such as Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, Whites.
RAW does create bigger files than JPEG, so having a memory card above 8GB is a must. Also it is very helpful to have a fast memory card as well because shooting in RAW can slow you down a bit. The space RAW takes up should not discourage you a bit since their are many ways of keeping these files (ie. external hard drives) and the bigger memory cards don’t really cost that much anymore.
If you are serious about your photography, you should be shooting in RAW.
(0) Comments - Posted in: Photography on November 22, 2013
Back in 2003, before Landun was born I was into Digital Scrap booking. Digital scrap booking is where you take photos and create pages digitally using a program like Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. Then you print out the pages and create a book. My program then was Paintshop Pro, since buying Photoshop was seriously out of the question.
I never used the kits that you get off the web. I stuck to simple layouts. I did use free random brushes and fonts that I had downloaded though. I enjoyed creating the pages alot.
After Landun was born I had gotten out of it.
Here is my favorite pages from back then:
Here is something I created the other night:
Then it hit me that I should start creating pages again.
(0) Comments - Posted in: Digital Scrapbooking on November 17, 2013
I Heart Faces: Pets
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Procrastinating on Home Repairs
When we moved into our new home a little over two years ago we knew that we would need to make some repairs. We needed to replace the roof and central heat and air unit. As we did not have thousands of dollars laying around we did our best with what we had.
We planned on fixing everything through the years with income tax returns. The first year we had to run the central heat unit on emergency heat. It went out a few times requiring us to call Morris’ Jenkings to fix what they could so that we could continue using it. The power bill from that was double than what it should have been. The second winter it ended going out on us complete requiring us to get a loan to buy a good used central air and heat unit. After that our power bill was cut in half. I think we wasted more money in the long run.
As for the roof, we ended up having to replace it a year sooner than we had planned. It started to leak in numerous places. To prevent anymore damage by leakage we had to have it fixed. We got a really great deal from Laney’s Roofing and Construction.
Spending all that money on home repairs is what we needed to do. Putting money into your home can be a really great investment.
Over the past few days it has been hectic in our house. We decided to move rooms around. Mikayla switched to the master bedroom which include a bathroom. We use what used to be a garage that has been converted to living space as our bedroom. She’s pretty happy about having a bathroom to herself. She just hates the color of the walls at the moment, which are coffee (something?, a dark tan). Her room wont be painted and fully decorated for at least another month.
No Landun is not sleeping, he is enjoying his new room and posing for the photo.
Landun got Mikayla’s old room. We had no choice but to paint it. I don’t think he would like to have a room with pink walls. We picked out this dark but vibrant blue color. I always question my choice in colors. As walls are getting painted I get nervous when they don’t look right. I usually love the finishing results. I love this color more than I thought I would. The color just pops. I also love how the white trim looks with it. We are hoping to put crown molding up top, someday.
He is getting out of the Toy Story faze. We are planning to buy him a new comforter and sheet set soon as we get the money. Maybe even get him an latex mattress to add comfort to his bed.
As for his old room, that’s where I am. Its our new office. For the past year we have used our dinning room for an office. We have set the dinning room back up, but haven’t decorated it yet.
Everything is changing and I’m really loving it!