Why RAW?

Raw vs Jpeg

Many people are talking about shooting in raw. We shall talk about why raw is better then jpeg.

Many beginner photographers ask the same questions that what benefits does raw format give. Why they need those big raw files rather then light jpeg files. Also jpeg looks a bit more colorful then raw ones. But jpeg is lossy compression many details were loss in jpeg , and also in jpeg color saturation, contrast and stuff is decided automatically but in raw you are in control.

My advice to all the beginner photographers is to start shooting in raw As SOON as possible. Raw contain more information regarding to color, shadows, highlights etc, the post processing is more fun and useful. you can adjust the colors as much you want  ,you can saturate, illuminate and do other stuff. you can adjust the highlights and shadows the way you want.

In other words RAW gives you more control over the photo editing and post processing. Raw is like uncooked food you can not get best of it without putting some effort and making it eatable. Most Dslr’s gives the option of Raw+ which means saving raw and jpeg together, and of-course using more space.

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Tips

While shooting in raw the tip i can give you is to take a photo just a little under-expose and adjust the exposure and highlights in post-processing in camera raw or any other software. Because recovering shadows and adjusting exposure is very easy in post processing rather then adjusting an over exposed image. you can’t do much with an over exposed picture.

But always try to capture properly exposed picture at first place.

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Benefits of Using Fully Manual mode

Why Manual Mode

well there is alot of talking about using fully manual mode, that pros consider manual mode and stuff. Its true that manual mode is the best mode if you want to control everything, and do not want to relay on camera’s judgement. And its also very true that many professional photographers prefer manual mode rather than other modes but i have seen many using Shutter and Aperture priority modes quite often.

Here we gonna talk about how to use manual mode

Shutter,Aperture,Iso

The Exposure Triangleexposure _triangle(Shutter,aperture and iso) is very important in any kind of Photography, and manual mode let you control it. In shutter or aperture priority modes the camera makes many decisions related to the exposure of the image sometimes you do not like what is produced. so you need full manual settings.

In this mode you can change shutter speed, select desired aperture and select iso of your need, mostly i do not want my iso to be more than 800 or so(for less grainy image ). where shutter and aperture settings come in play.

if you are very new to manual mode it might feel too tiresome to change every setting but believe me its the best mode to work in. you will be very used to it with time and can take some amazing shots.

Manual Photography

Also if you want to take very dynamic photos and motion freezing shots you can not rely on auto or shutter/aperture priority modes.

For example if you are interested in astrophotography and want to take an image of stars at night, you need to switch to manual mode otherwise it wont work properly. we will discuss the astro photography in detail in another blog but here just telling the usage of manual mode.

 

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iso 800, 10 sec,f2.8

the above images were taking using fully manual mode otherwise it wont be possible because camera will try to expose these pics propery and ruined everything

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in above image i tried to freeze the water drop. and of-course i was using manual mood to capture this image, i needed a faster shutter-speed to freeze the water but with that i dnt want it to under-expose too much so the setting i used for this particular image were

Iso 100,shutter 1/1250 and aperture f4 using a tripod as well.

simple is that using manual mode improves your photography drastically and makes you a better photographer.

Never stop trying new things, thats what photography is all about. happy photoshooting

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Learning Potography

Basics of Photography

As for starters First you need a Dslr or mirror-less Camera. We will be using term Dslr frequently afterward to refer to a camera.

A camera body with kit lens is enough to start with, to understand the camera and to take amazing shots. Basic setting on all camera bodies are almost same irrespective of the brand whether it is a Nikon,Canon,Pentax etc.

if you are very new to dslr world set the camera dial to Auto and try to capture images

in Auto mode camera decides on its on what settings should be good, considering the lightning conditions  it selects shutter speed,ap
erture  and iso to get a good well exposed image.

for beginners its good to take decent shots using full auto mode.

Understanding your Camera

Once you get used to Auto mode i highly recommend to switch to other modes.

you might missed some amazing shots just because of auto mode. Auto is good for newbies but start experimenting with “Aperture priority” and “Shutter priority” modes.

Shutter and Aperture Priority modes

Shutter speed is how fast your cameras shutter captures the image, the faster it is the less blury image will be, but the faster shutter closes the less light incident onIMGP7721 sensor which results in darker images or under exposed images.

So in shutter priority mode you decides what shutter speed you want and camera decides other settings like aperture and iso according to lightning conditions.

This mode is very useful when you are shooting somewhere where lightning is changing often so camera do the calculation and you just need to focus on shutter speed.

To get sharp images do not set shutter speed less then 1/100 otherwise a little bit of shake can cause blur if you are not using a tripod. Always try to keep it above 1/100 .

Same is with the Aperture priority mode, in this mode you decides the aperture of lens and camera decides the rest of settings(iso and shutter speed). This mode is very handy when you want a specific Aperture and do not want to change it to compensate the exposure.

If you want to capture an image with nice and heavy bokeh(blur background) you need a wider aperture (like f1.8 , f2.8 etc) so you select the widest aperture possible for the lens and capture the image, camera decides the shutter and iso to properly exposse the image.

These two modes are very good for beginners (even many pros prefer these modes). i suggest that start experimenting with these two modes as quick as possible instead the Auto mode.

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