RAW

Ok, so I know I’m way behind on this since I’ve had my camera for, um, almost a year now, but I finally made the switch to taking RAW photos, and it’s so much easier! I guess it makes a difference that I finally (kind of) learned to use the PSE that Tim got me at Christmas instead of relying on Picasa (although I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg and making lots of newbie mistakes, I’m sure).

I was afraid to make the switch to RAW because it seemed so intimidating, and gave it so much thought that I even had a dream about it!

I decided to shoot in RAW + JPEG the other day to feel “safe,” and I realized RAW was so much better after just a handful of shots and checking them out on my computer.

My first RAW shot after editing:

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Photo Editing

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My husband got me Photoshop Elements 9 for Christmas. I was debating on whether or not I’d put that or one of Adobe’s other photo editing softwares on my wishlist since it seems like the other programs are the ones for serious photographers. Well, I decided that Elements 9 would be plenty for my needs for a while, and now I just need to learn how to use it.

I’ve heard before that the learning curve for their programs are steep, but I’m willing to try. There are so many things I’d like to be able to do that I currently can’t. I used to use Photoshop Elements 5 just to remove blemishes, but since I realized I can do it on Picasa, I’ve been using that.

Picasa is pretty easy to use for someone like myself who doesn’t yet understand the details and technicalities of photo editing. My pictures are either straight out of camera (SOOC as I see photographers calling it), or enhanced with the “I’m feeling lucky” button on Picasa. If the “I’m feeling lucky” button makes it look worse, I undo it. I try “auto contrast” and be done with it.

I know. I’m kind of a caveman in the subject of photo editing. In fact, I only started doing it more recently, and my old photos have nothing done to them. I look back and think, “that could’ve been better.”

I know photos have to be good in the camera. I know that spending hours correcting photos on the computer is not what I want to do. However, it would be nice to enhance some of the photos that need a little help. I was reading a blog earlier that showed the before and after of how some “mediocre” photos that would’ve been in the “delete pile” could still be saved using editing.

Even just “I’m feeling lucky” has added some life back into really old photos from when I was a kid that I recently scanned and would like to save digitally.

Plus, there’s just some neat stuff I’ve seen that I’d like to be able to do, too.

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