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Why I Now Always Shoot in Raw(Don't worry, pictures included )Why I Now Always Shoot in Raw by silber-englein
The aim of this tutorial is to explain why shooting in raw can be beneficial to you as a photographer and gives some basic information on how to process raw files.
I've been dabbling in photography for over seven years now and I'm ashamed to say that I didn't start shooting in raw until earlier this year. The reason? I only had a single 2GB memory card and JPG files took up a lot less space. A JPG file takes up roughly around 7MB, while a RAW file of the same photo would be around 23MB. That's a huge difference, but it's really worth it! Today, a 16GB SD Memory card costs around ten bucks, so I bought two and now I always shoot in raw.
What is camera raw?
A raw file is basically what the name describes: a raw image file. Raw, meaning unprocessed, unblemished. When you take a photo, your camera saves a lot of information about the white balance, exposur
Understanding Your Exposure MeterUnderstanding Your Exposure Meter by silber-englein
The goal of this tutorial is to help you to get a better understanding about exposure and teach you how to evenly expose your photos. This is a follow-up of my last tutorial: The Exposure Triangle.
When I first started out with photography, I only shot in auto mode. I was experimenting away and manual mode seemed too complicated and time-consuming for me at the beginning. I managed to take a few lovely shots, but many came out completely different from what I initially saw through my viewfinder.
Here's a photo I took in 2008:
Absolutely beautiful scenery, but far too dark in the foreground. This was not what I was going for at all at the time and it was utterly frustrating seeing the perfect lighting through my viewfinder and then having something completel
The Exposure Triangle TutorialThe Exposure Triangle Tutorial by silber-englein
So, you've got your spiffy new DSLR because you wanted to take your hobby to the next level. You've gone trigger happy and annoyed all your friends with that constant clicking noise and blinding light. You've taken some pretty decent shots in Auto Mode, but they don't always turn out the way you want them too. Your photos are sometimes too bright, too dark, blurry or (unintentionally) grainy.
This tutorial aims to help you to explore your camera's Manual Mode in order to improve the quality of your work and to give you much more control over the outcome.
The Exposure Triangle
The Exposure Triangle consists of three main points: ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. Understanding these three things is key to becoming a better photographer and getting the result you want. In my