Just this week I decided I wanted to try and learn how to shoot in raw on my camera.  Up until this week, I really didn’t know what raw was, I just new it was a bigger file and better for editing, etc.  I’m trying to get a better understanding of my camera so I switched it to raw mode and off I went.

The Raw format is basically a digital cameras “negative” file.  It is an unprocessed, large file where the camera saves every bit of detail from your photograph.  It really is a lot more technical than that, but since I’m not an expert, this is the explanation you get.

I’ve decided that I kinda like shooting in Raw!  Since I’m new to using my manual modes on my camera, my white balance and lighting and shutter speeds are almost always screwed up.  I really need to take a class on photography, because I really want to understand it all.  But since these pictures were shot raw, I could adjust all these settings right in photoshop elements 8.  I can fix my white balance, my temperature, focus, everything.  It’s awesome!

Now, I’ve only been practicing in raw for a few days, and I can’t wait to learn more about it.  But I’m really happy with the way this picture of Nathan turned out.  The above picture was adjusted very quickly and I’m happy with the results.  This picture below is what it looked like right off my camera.

If you have any tips for shooting and/or editing raw images, I would love some pointers!

Sweet Shot Day