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As I was editing this afternoon and editing/saving all of my RAW files to JPEG files in Adobe Photoshop, I felt a little foolish.  I’ve been saving my JPEG files into formats that I really don’t know a lot about.  So tonight I “geeked out” to truly understand just what type of jpeg format was […]

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burgers

Before we jump right into the geek speak… indulge me for a moment. Perhaps it’s summer grilling season, but I’ve got food on my mind. I love hamburgers—who doesn’t? The way I see it, I’ve got two choices when I want a burger: I can order out or I can stay in, and there are […]

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I wanted to share a few points on why I choose to shoot raw for 95% of my workflow.  I still encounter many users who are afraid to make the switch to raw, so I offer these considerations to help you decide what's right for you.

I wanted to share a few points on why I choose to shoot raw for 95% of my workflow. I still encounter many users who are afraid to make the switch to raw, so I offer these considerations to help you decide what’s right for you. The image on the left is how the camera […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. While most of you know what JPEGS are all about, remember that every day someone new joins the digital photo revolution so today, I’m answering a question I get all the time […]

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Sometimes less complicated is good. A reader sent me this quote and inspired this post.

ECONOMY IN ART IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OF EFFORT AND EFFECT.
–JOSEF ALBERS

I recently purchased a Panasonic LX3 digicam. It shoots in JPEG or RAW mode, but while waiting for the RAW converter in Aperture, I have been shooting JPEGS. As someone who’s spent the last several years shooting exclusively in RAW, this was a shock to my system.

But then, I realized, it was also a bit freeing. It meant images would not have to be decoded by Aperture. It meant that images would pop up on the screen more quickly and be easier to work with. It meant that even if I worked in the highest quality JPEG mode, I’d no longer worry about spending time waiting for complicated changes to take effect. Continue reading

Most photographers deal with JPEGS either coming out of a digital camera or in Photoshop/Aperture/Lightroom when making images web ready. Unfortunately, JPEGS are a lossy form of compression. This means that the heavier the compression, the more the image is degraded. If you compress detailed images, you get more loss than if you compress soft […]

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