We went to our small town fireworks display and had a great time.
All except Poppy. She was frightened by the sounds and preferred to sit in my lap, facing me, playing my iPhone.
But I did manage to snap a few pictures of our night. I took these in RAW (recently switched over from JPG at my friend Jess’ recommendation to help with some exposure problems I was having) and I had so much fun playing with these.
Shooting in RAW gives you a lot more flexibility in post-processing, but RAW images have to be edited. When you first download RAW files, they seem, well… lackluster. But once you start tweaking, you’ll be amazed at the range of adjustments you can make.
If you’d rather just shoot and skip the editing, JPG is probably best for you.
To shoot in RAW, you’ll need software that can work with RAW images. I have Lightroom 2 (an older version) and it handles my RAW images just fine. Once I’ve edited them to my heart’s content, I export them as JPGs, so I can upload them to my blog, have them printed, or put them onto an external hard drive for safe-keeping.
Please know that I am by no means an expert on RAW vs. JPG. I am just learning about the benefits of shooting in RAW – as someone who often makes exposure mistakes, and as someone who appreciates the changes I can make to my images with post-processing. And I’m sharing it here, as I go. It helps me to remember. And hopefully it helps some of y’all a bit, too.
I’ve added some “before and after” pictures at the end of the post, so you can see the difference a little post-processing can make on a RAW image.
A few before and afters….
These were shot with my 50mm, ISO400, f/2.8, 1/60.
With a toddler playing an iPhone in my lap.