Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Camera RAW or .jpeg?


     It's only a gray card shot, but it's savable!

       Are you getting the best images your camera can capture? Consider shooting in RAW instead of jpeg. Why? What's the difference? Here's a short explanation: 
       When you press the shutter, your camera captures an image and, if set on RAW, converts this information to a digital file and stores it on a memory card. If your camera is set on jpeg, it captures the image,  compresses it, converts the file to jpeg format, and stores it on a memory card. So, what's the difference?

       RAW has these advantages

  • More information to work with. When the file is compressed, it loses a large portion of its data. For instance, a Nikon D810 produces a RAW file of up to 80MB, while the compressed jpeg of the same image in jpeg is around 10MB. You lose 78% of the data! 
  • With the proper editing software (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC, or On1 Photo RAW), the editing and enhancement capabilities are amazing. 

       Raw has these disadvantages

  • It produces very large files, requiring a large amount of memory, and you can't view and edit your images without the right software. (Adobe CC for Photographers is $11 per month, and includes both Lightroom and Photoshop CC. On1 Photo RAW 2018.1 is $120 for the full suite.).
  •  RAW editing takes a little more time. It adds another step to the process, and you have to convert it to a jpeg or tiff file to have it printed by your favorite lab. 

       jpeg has this advantages

  • It is universally readable. You can edit your images with free software you find on the internet.
  •  It requires far less memory to store the images on your memory card. (Have you ever really put 2,000 images on a single memory card?)

       jpeg has these disadvantages

  • The quality of the out-of-camera image is good only if it has been properly exposed. 
  • With reduced editing and enhancement ability, there is less margin for error in the editing process than when editing a RAW file. 

      So here's the bottom line, as I see it: If you want better image quality, spend the money for the software, buy a few more memory cards (they're cheap) and learn to use Lightroom and Photoshop, or On1 Photo RAW. Then find a good print lab, not a drug store, to print your images. 
       If it's quick and easy that you're looking for, shoot jpegs.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Digital Camera Basics: Knobs and Buttons

  Do you have a digital camera, but don't understand all the knobs and buttons? I have received several requests for a class on the basic digital camera operation, such as shooting modes, metering modes, scene modes, lens choice, etc. 
     If you are interested in a four-hour session explaining this (and much more), please call or text me at 228-223-0981, email me at SLLinhoss@cableone.net, or message me on facebook. 


Thursday, October 20, 2016

We just finished a commercial shoot for Backyard Burgers featuring their new restaurant in Gulfport. Stop by at Crossroads and have lunch!

Friday, January 22, 2016

In September 2015, we began a project for the Harrison County Bar Association to photograph their members for new composites to hang in the courthouses in Gulfport and Biloxi. After four months and 186 sittings, we delivered the finished product this week! 
A big "Thank You" to Stephen at Magnolia Printing for the fabulous lay-out and printing job, and to Butch and Nancy at Negrotto's Gallery for the beautiful framing! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan Is A Bargain
     When Adobe introduced its CC subscription plan a while back, I vowed to deny them access to my wallet once a month. It just did not seem right to pay $50 a month to use a program I already have on my computer (and a pile of other stuff that I really don't need!).  Apparently, this was a common sentiment. The good folks at Adobe came to their senses, and now offer the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. It includes Lightroom and Photoshop in their latest incarnations, updated as new features are developed, and it's priced at $9.95 + tax par month. In the past, I have bought outright or upgraded Lightroom and Photoshop CS versions a total of eight times, spending a lot more than the $120 per year price of the subscription. Another advantage of the plan is that you don't have to wait for the next Version to update. New features and fixes are rolled out and are downloadable as soon as Adobe develops them. If you need the full suite including Adobe Illustrator and all the other programs, it is available. For photographers, the ACC Photography Plan fits!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How Adobe Lightroom Changed My Life (Really!)
      About six years ago, I realized what a major difference capturing images in Camera RAW makes in the performance of post processing software due to the huge amount of data retained in the image file as a result of not converting it to a jpeg in camera. But the editing process was cumbersome in Photoshop. For every file: Open, edit, save, close. Enter Adobe Lightroom 2.0. My processing time for a wedding, about 700-800 images, went from two and a half days to about 8 hours! Lightroom has progressed to Version 6, and my edit time has been further reduced by the advances in the program, and by the experience I have gained in a six year learning curve.
     Here's the good news for you: You can get a jump start on Lightroom by attending my PPA sponsored class "Basics of Lightroom 6 and Photoshop CC" on October 12, 2015, from 9 AM to 5 PM at South Beach Biloxi Hotel.
Learn more at  PPA.com/Super1Day.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Got Spots?

     Do your images have small, round, dark spots in the light areas, such as blue skies? This can be caused by debris on the digital sensor of your camera. So, how can you correct this problem? The simplest (and costliest) answer is to take the camera to a repair shop and have the sensor cleaned. This is about a $100 job at most reputable shops. If, like me, you live in an area without a camera repair shop, you have to ship it out. That always makes me nervous!
     Another answer is to get a sensor cleaning kit and do it yourself. Delkin Devices makes a good sensor cleaning kit. I have one and I use it regularly.
     The old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is particularly applicable in this case. Some tips for keeping your sensor clean:
          1. Do not remove your lens from the camera body in a windy situation. This includes most outdoor locations. Do it in the car!
          2. Turn your camera off when changing lenses. When it's on, the sensor attracts dust due to electrostatic charges.
          3. Point your camera down when changing lenses. Dust and particles will fall out, not in. Gravity is on your side.
          4. Keep your camera bag clean. Vacuum it out to eliminate dust.
          5. Keep your lenses clean. A lot of the dust that winds up on your sensor comes from your lenses. It transfers due to the motion of the lens when it zooms.
          6. Never store your camera without a lens or a body cap attached.
       A little common sense goes a long way. A clean sensor can save you a lot of time in post processing!