Shooting in the Raw!

Raw Formatting that is….

Until recently, I have always shot my images in jpeg. I had no idea Raw formatting even existed. The image clearly shows a huge difference in color saturation and clarity. I have been going through photography lessons, working with my images in Lightroom, and adding some equipment to camera bag. I am loving looking at the world through a much clearer lens.

So far I have added color filters, tripods, and a monopod, and some extra lighting options. I also added a special backpack so that transporting my equipment is easier when I am going somewhere out of the way where my car isn’t closely available.

So, what is raw formatting anyway? When you take an image with your camera, the camera’s default is JPEG. Most files for photography are done in this because it sends your image through a filter. The footage has had some editing done internally based on what your set up is. In raw formatting, there is not internal editing going on at all. The image is exactly like what you are seeing. As I have been learning, the phrase the is used about raw formatting is that it is like a digital negative. All of the information about your image is there to be used, but it needs a filter and editing to bring it to life.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is stacking up to be a great program for taking my raw images and working with them to provide some amazing photos. Additional to clarity and color, I can use all kinds of special features to really make my shot look like I want it to. It lets me get to the heart of my imagination via my camera in a way I didn’t even know was possible. So, I still have a lot to learn, but if you are an amateur photographer, and are working with your camera, and want great shots, check out raw formatting and a program to help you edit your photos. So far I have been amazed with what I am producing image wise.

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