Just under two months ago, I purchased my first “real” camera… a Canon Rebel T2i. Oh, how I love this camera! I have always been passionate about photography and finally decided to make the move and invest in something more than a “point and shoot” auto-focus pocket-style camera. I am so glad I did… no regrets here. When looking back at my childhood, I have to laugh… whenever my mother would take the camera film in to be developed, I would always get in trouble. You see, when she picked up the photos, the entire roll would typically be pictures of our dogs and cats – which were my favorite subjects when I would sneak the camera out of the cupboard.
In the past two months, I have taken thousands upon thousands of pictures (thank goodness for digital… I would be broke now if I had to have these developed.) But I have been taking them in jpg format since raw is unknown to me. After reading up a bit more, I finally decided it was time to see what raw is all about. There is a setting on this camera which will take both a raw photo and a jpg photo of the same shot. So since I was unsure how my raw stills would come out, I opted for this setting.
And I have discovered… I love the raw format! Now I wish I had taken all my previous pictures in raw. I always drop every picture in Photoshop, so having to convert from raw to jpg is not an extra step for me.
Here are a few photos I took with a comparison of the raw photo versus the jpg-taken format. The raw’s are touched up and the jpg’s are original and untouched.
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