Further Reason I now Shoot Raw
Photo-A-Day #1389

I have been really trying to be better about not shooting with the auto settings. I have the camera on manual now and I mess around with the settings till I get the light the way I like it (trying to get is as close to true as possible). Once I do that I try shooting a few things in the same light to get a shoot that I like. I also have the camera shooting both RAW and JPEG at the same time. The photo below is the JPEG version.

The JPEG

The Photo-A-Day photo is the raw version and it is not a particularly good photo or interesting but what I like about it is that it shows me what I’ve been missing while just shooting JPEG all these years.

While I take control of my camera and attempt to become a better photographer on my own, I know I need help. One thing that I am doing is reading the Nikon D80 Digital Field Guide. I am also reading many photography blogs and I’ll be attending Digital Days in April in Boston. Digital Days is a two day conference where I will learn many techniques on digital photography and on day two there is a photo shoot with live models. I need to work on my portraits and have never had a model to photograph before. This should be interesting. Also watch this blog because there will be some passes to the event

Another conference that I will be attending is Affiliate Summit East in New York City. I just firmed up my details on that one and will be attending that on August 9-11. I’m pretty jazzed up about that and cannot wait to meet Missy Ward and Shawn Collins the founders of Affiliate Summit.

And yet another conference is on my horizon and that is IZEAFest 2009. As you know I am an IZEA insider and my crew is the “I’m Not A Famous Blogger” Crew. I’ll be at IZEAFest along with Allison and Eva. If you act right now you can save $50 on admission to IZEAFest 2009. You are not going to want to miss this at all.

Happy Chinese New Year. Oh and If you have any kids this year they may turn out to be our future leaders because this is the Year of the OX and many leaders were born in the Year of the Ox, like Barack Obama. I subscribed to the White House blog today. Who knows I might become informed enough to actually talk a little politics. A very little.

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10 Responses to “Further Reason I now Shoot Raw”

  1. Chica says:

    I like the RAW results. It almost resembles “naked eyeness” very cool. I tried to get into it once before I really knew what I was doing. I may try it again now that I know a little more about cameras ;)

  2. ciara says:

    you can really tell the difference. i only have point and shoots, and i can never get the settings just right. probably getting an slr won’t make a difference if i can’t figure out the other one lol

    ciaras last blog post..Twilight Family Photo

  3. Drew says:

    Chica,

    The great things about RAW is that you can set the white balance after you have shot. That is really cool. In fact the photo above is set to tungsten and that was after the shot.

  4. Drew says:

    Ciara,
    If you want to figure out your point and shoot go and shoot, rotate through all the settings and play, play, play.

  5. lenny says:

    I went to school for photography( Brooks Institute),if you ever have a question about lighting feel free to ask. I really have not forced myself to go digital. Yeah I am a “film” person. The shooting part is the same. It is the end process that is different. Someday when I can afford the 5000 dollar digital camera I want I will switch. I still like the ” magic” of film though.

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  6. Karen says:

    I have to say, as I’ve said before, I do prefer the RAW, sadly my pathetic camera doesn’t have the option, but I have been looking at the Cannon 450D to replace the camera I have now..

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  7. Drew says:

    Lenny,

    You certainly want the TOP of the line, $5000 camera, wow. What do you shoot now, Nikon, Canon? You lenses should be able to be used with a digital camera. Thanks for the offer on the lighting. If I have questions I’ll let you know.

  8. Drew says:

    Karen,
    If you have a Canon Point and shoot I know of a hack to allow you to shoot raw with it, very cool, I will be trying that out soon.

  9. Chris says:

    Lenny –

    Man… I catch myself wondering what it would be like to go back to film but I also remember all the trashed clothes from developing film and working in darkrooms. Ugh.

    I’ll stay with RAW settings, it’s the closest thing to film in the digital realm.

  10. Drew says:

    Chris,
    Thanks for the comment. I used to develop black and white film, It was fun but I love the digital world too much to go back.

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