RAW vs JPEG

One of the questions that always comes up when I am teaching is “Do I use JPEG or RAW for shooting images in”? There is sooooo much information out there and most of it is either slightly off or very misleading.

Here is a quick rundown of the differences, If you have any additional questions feel free to ask!

So to start what is the difference between JPEG & RAW?

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Slides – days gone by

Many moons ago I managed a photo lab that also had a slide processor in it. Back in those days some of my clients were the top shooters in the world for nature, ski and commercial magazines. It got me to start shooting slides but truly I was never a slide shooter, it was just not enjoyable for me because to get great prints was a pain. If done correctly prints were amazing but they were also expensive to get them done right and not many people did them properly. The thing that I LOVED about slides was that you could hold your “picture” with your fingers and it was still safe. I still find handling a slide enjoyable and I still love the look but also happy that I don’t have to shoot or process them.

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Become a pro in only two easy lessons :-)

“Tops tips for shooting like a pro” or (my favorite) “Short cuts to shoot like a pro”.

The headings seems to be everywhere this time of year, and they are all promoting the same thing – shortcuts to shooting like a pro. Well sorry to break this to you but there are no shortcuts, it is the same for everyone…shoot…shoot…shoot!!

I read some of the tips these articles give out and they are all the same – if you do this or do that you are shooting like a pro. Some go as far to say buy an expensive camera or a lens and you are shooting like a pro, others say you need to use specific settings.

Well I can give you one tip to shoot like a pro……. go out and shoot and make mistakes. You will learn, grow and your photography will get better. Do that enough and you will shoot like a pro!!

Color Balance – Printing

Getting that amazing shot
Secrets to getting that amazing shot

Today I want to address a little about color balance. I’m not talking about corrections that we make to our photos to make them look more natural, or that we do to enhance the colors to make them look more pleasing to the eye such as warming an image up but I am talking about color balance as it effects the print that we hang on the wall.

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Paper Selection

I often get calls that ask me if I have a certain type or make of paper and most times I have to reply “sorry no I don’t”. Then I am asked why? Well there are a lot of different companies that make paper and some really good companies at that. The problem is that each paper has good qualities and bad and I have to weigh that before I bring the paper in.

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Who are you…. really??

I have written many times about not trusting what others say about how good you are.  So many photographers have been suckered into starting a business as friends and family tell them how good they are and really they have no true understanding about what it takes to succeed in running a business. Just the other day I saw a post by a well meaning person telling someone to change careers and become a photographer by under cutting other photographers and offering the same services just at lower rates, a perfect way to fail!

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