Nope. It’s not about me in the nude. It’s all about the camera.
Press the shutter and the image is digitally captured in one of two formats: jpeg (jpg) or RAW.
Jpeg is usually the default mode for most of us and most photos. And it does a good job. RAW is the choice of serious amateurs and professionals. It does a great job.
The downside? RAW is ravenous. It’s a memory pig. Shoot the same scene in both formats and compare. Depending on your settings, your jpeg file may weigh in at 1 or 2 MBs. RAW may gobble up 12 or 15.
So why would I do this? Two reasons.
First — macro envy. I’m fascinated by the detail DSLR cameras capture. But I don’t want to lug all that heavy equipment again.
Second — I currently edit in iPhoto. A better program will let me do much more, if I have the RAW detail to work with.
Here’s a recent example. I shot the first image in RAW and downloaded it to my computer. I cropped it to focus on the fly. Finally I exported it as a jpeg to the blog.
Sound fussy? Only the first time or so. The process is quick and easy.
Who knew I’d ever capture a fly eating pollen? (This is me, fully clothed, with a big grin on my face.)
Wild White Geranium Geranium richardsonii