Don't just pre-visualize—see the shot! My "Re-Thinking the Raw File Workflow" post stirred up quite a storm of protest from photographers so thoroughly invested in a raw-file workflow that they missed the point of the whole post! So... consider this a clarifying post—I will be examining how using the Fuji Film Simulations in-camera helps the photographer see creatively whether they insist on shooting raw or take advantage of the high-quality jpegs offered by the Fuji camera! Make no mistake, there is a revolution brewing in photographic … [Read more...] about See Like a Camera – Part-1
I spent some time with friends in Rochester, New York last week at a conference at Kodak Alaris. These friends have worked in the imaging industry for a long time and they deal with lots of pictures from lots of different kinds of photographers and they opened my eyes regarding color space, and I thought you might benefit as well. I'm by no means an expert on color space, but maybe I can help you understand it a little better. I'll give you some simple information, then some recommendations on what settings to use in your camera and … [Read more...] about What Color Space Should You Use?
In the past few days since Apple’s keynote at WWDC June 5th, a bunch of articles have popped up around the web about a new image format coming to iOS. Indeed, Apple plans to fully adopt the HEIF image standard on iPhone and iPads running iOS 11. What is it, how does it work, why change everything? Keep reading… What is HEIF? HEIF is short for High Efficiency Image Format and is a new image “wrapper” just like a JPEG or a TIFF. With the new “wrapper" comes a new compression algorithm, or codec, known as HEVC. We know HEVC in the video world as … [Read more...] about iOS 11 Photos – A New Image Format?
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 9 Acquiring Images from a Digital Camera There are two major ways of downloading images from a digital camera. Which connection type you choose will depend on your work environment and budget for additional hardware. The first method involves plugging the camera directly into the computer. Many … [Read more...] about Downloading Images from a Digital Camera [UP10]
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 8 Shooting JPEG vs. Raw When digital cameras became commercially available, the memory cards used to store pictures were very expensive. Many photographers couldn't afford multiple or high-capacity cards, so they wanted more images to fit on a single, smaller card. Many users also emailed their … [Read more...] about Acquiring Images for Photoshop — JPEG vs. Raw [UP9]
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 7Some of the core tasks of processing digital images with Photoshop involve sizing, manipulation, and processing. Even though their contents may vary, all digital images are essentially the same: They are composed of pixels that contain color and luminance information. Photoshops powerful features … [Read more...] about Acquiring Images for Photoshop with a Digital Camera [UP8]
We'd like to know how you shoot. Is Raw your thing? Do you stick with JPEG? Or maybe you sit on the fence and shoot both. Let us know you're workflow and leave a comment below as to why. … [Read more...] about Question of the Week
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru. We all enjoy receiving positive feedback about our work. It feels good, reassures us and helps maintain our enthusiasm to continue the creative process. Ive been teaching photography for many years. While I continue to teach in a formal environment, most of my teaching these days is conducted during one-to-one private photography sessions (e.g., camera techniques, Lightroom, fill flash, etc.). During the more formal courses I run at traditional centers for learning … [Read more...] about Photographers and Photoshop
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 best for me. The Options When you save your JPEG file in Photoshop, a box will pop up before saving. Adobe's help center describes "Format" as how the file is displayed online, but only in JPEG format. It also explained a little more in detail each … [Read more...] about How Well Do You Know Your JPEGs?
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 hamburgerswho 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 benefits to both. If I go to McDonald's I can get a Big Mac fast and ready to eat including pickles, cheese, a sesame seed bun, and their Special Sauce. That's incredibly convenient and it tastes pretty good. If I choose to stay home and make my own burger, however, I can … [Read more...] about Do You Need to Shoot RAW+JPEG? Try Lightroom’s “Big Mac” Button
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 captured a JPEG. Making adjustments to the image is possible, but will lead to more degradation in image quality. The image on the right is a properly developed raw file. Working with raw files gives you access to greater control over an image. Memory cards used to be expensive. … [Read more...] about A Few Considerations When Choosing Raw over JPEG
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 believe it or not - "What is a JPEG?" JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) is a file compression scheme that stores digital photographs using a lossy compression routine. Most photographers deal with JPEGS either coming out of a digital camera … [Read more...] about Digital Photo Basics – JPEGS
EDITOR'S NOTE: My pal Joe Farace writes his counterpoint here to my post Here's Why I Shoot RAW Post & Photo by One of digital photographys seven deadly sins is shooting in JPEG format, when everybody know that if youre a serious photographer ya gotta shoot RAW. So now its time for me to raise my hand and admit, My name is Joe and Im a JPEG shooter. Its not that I never shoot in RAW format, sometimes I do, but mostly its JPEG so let me tell you a true story. I had an assignment from a car magazine to shoot one of my favorite cars, a … [Read more...] about Why I (Mostly) Shoot JPEG by Joe Farace
People seem to still struggle with this. Should you shoot JPEG or RAW? I can't answer that for you. But I can answer it for me. Here are just some of the reasons I shoot RAW. When you shoot in RAW, you bring back a digital file that has more information than if you shoot in JPG. More is better in this case. You can make non-destructive changes in post with a RAW file. In some cases, the changes you can make are no different than they would have been had you made them in the field when making the photo in the first place. If you shoot in JPG, … [Read more...] about Here’s Why I Shoot RAW
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 whos 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 … [Read more...] about JPEGS in Aperture
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 images. Remember that once you have saved an image as a JPEG, you have compressed it. You are compounding the degradation to the image if you open it, modify it in any way, and save it again. This creates … [Read more...] about File Format Basics JPEG
(Great Blue Heron - Canon 1DMKIIN - Canon 600 F/4 IS Lens - Wimberley Mount - Gitzo Tripod - shot 12-2-05 at 1/3000th of a second, F/8, -0.5 EV, ISO 400) Every digital photographer has to decide between shooting in RAW v. JPEG. In this tip - I will explain the advantages and trade-offs of each. I will NOT tell you how to shoot. I'll simply give you information that you can use to help make your decision. Here are the basic differences. If you want the highest quality possible in your photographs, you want to shoot in RAW mode. This means that … [Read more...] about JPEG v. RAW