Get to Know Your Camera

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I am frequently asked by students about settings I use for taking pictures. It is very easy to simply tell them what settings I used, but it is even more important to understand why I used those settings. After explaining, many feel overwhelmed and discouraged, but photography is like any other art, it takes practice. Read more Get to Know Your Camera

RAW vs JPEG Real World Example

There has been a debate since the beginning of serious digital photography: Should you shoot in RAW or Jpeg? I personally choose based on the final goal of the image. If I am shooting a serious landscape, or other image where I know I am going to do additional post processing in Lightroom later (see the previous tip), then I shoot in RAW. If I am shooting my kids birthday party for my wife to use for scrapbooking, I shoot in Jpeg. But why the difference? First we have to understand what the practical difference is between RAW vs JPEG. Read more RAW vs JPEG Real World Example

Recommended Camera Settings

I am asked quite often what camera settings I use.  This is a difficult question since I change several settings based on what I am shooting.  However, there are some settings that I can recommend that I use and hardly (if ever) change.  These Recommended Camera Settings are based on a Canon 70D, but most cameras have the same settings but might refer to them differently: Read more Recommended Camera Settings

Double Take: testing a camera feature.

Welcome to my first “Teaching point” article.  In this series I plan to post a new photo and provide the camera settings and a detailed description of the how and why for the image.  It is my hope that this will help aspiring photographers to see the photo process and inspire them to experiment and grow as photographers. Read more Double Take: testing a camera feature.