I don't think I can say it enough after discovering the RAW feature on my DSLR camera how much I love it! I never understood before why someone would even want to shoot in RAW when I found out that is uses a lot of memory--in fact, I can fill my 1 G memory card with over 700 jpeg files, but only just over 200 RAW files (photos). Heck, I've been known to take as many as 600 photographs in one twenty-four hour period so why in the world would I even want to take my chances with RAW?
Then Charlie of Burn Out Radio convinced me otherwise. I think as soon as he said he could make the sky pop out in the reflection of the paint job of the 2010 Chevy Equinox we were standing next to I was sold. Since then, I have shot exclusively in RAW and here is why--take the I Heart Faces photo walk for instance where I took a lovely photograph of Morgan, the daughter of one of the participants.
This is the SOOC (Straight Out of Camera) shot:
Thank goodness I was shooting in RAW, because here are my edits using PSE 7's RAW editing program:
I changed the exposure, the brightness, clarity, vibrancy, and more.
I really could have stopped here, but I wanted a more urban pop kind of feel. So, I ran two actions and brightened her eyes slightly for the final edit. Voila! The final portrait:
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