Here in Oregon, the summer finally kicked into gear over the past couple of weeks, although I’ve been so busy that I really haven’t had much chance to get out and shoot. I’m getting ready to take a few days to head out to the coast–my brother and his son are coming for a visit from Florida–but I wanted to get one last blog post out before I left town.
This week’s video from Matt, Don’t shoot Raw+JPEG,” is an interesting one. It’s less of a technique, and more of a tip for those of you who might have started shooting in Raw, but are still a little wary of it, and might be using your camera’s “Raw+JPEG” setting to record two versions of a photo. Matt argues–I think convincingly–that there’s no real reason to do so, especially as a default. If you do need to get a bunch of JPEG images from your photo library, you’re better off using Elements’ Process Multiple Files, an often-overlooked command.
If you’re still on the fence about shooting in Raw, we have lots of videos and tutorials in the Using Camera Raw topic: I’d really recommend two articles Ben Long did for the magazine in 2008: “What You Need to Know About Shooting Raw,” and “Digging In With Camera Raw.” Both articles do a very good job of talking about the benefits of shooting Raw, as well as offer some practical advice for basic editing techniques.
This week, we also posted two more articles from the July/August issue of the magazine, Liz Ness’ short piece on using high-pass sharpening, and my short look at Elements+, an inexpensive add-on that adds quite a few Photoshop-level features to Elements.
For this week’s fun photo link, I wanted to pass along this link to one of my favorite bloggers, Molly Wizenberg, who runs the food blog Orangette. While I love Molly’s take on food and her great recipes, I absolutely love the photographs she takes. It’s so hard to take great shots of food, and she seems to pull it off, whether she’s using a digital camera or a Polaroid. Take a walk through some of her archives, and I’m sure you’ll find some wonderful inspiration for photos, as well as a few amazing recipes. (My wife says that Molly’s book, A Homemade Life, was a fantastic read; it’s on my bookshelf as well.)
If you like Orangette, check out one of my other faves, Tartelette, which focuses more on desserts and the sweet stuff, but has equally exquisite photography (Helen, the blogger behind the scenes, is a food photographer).
Have a great weekend!