Friday, December 21, 2012

shooting in RAW? or JPEG?


People always wonder, which format should I shoot at? RAW? or JPEG?


in fact, I personally prefer RAW. full access for post-processing, such as increase brightness / exposure without increasing noise that much (compared to JPEG).


RAW keeps every details of the images as needed. JPEG is a compressed version, which ‘ditched’ a lot of details as the camera seems unnecessary. Some cameras are great enough to be in JPEG, but some (mostly the old ones) would be better if you convert to JPEG via software.


I am fully into RAW since about a year ago, where previously I only used RAW when having event photoshoot. I am now kind of regret not using RAW for travelling, because you will realise (near in the future, or maybe even you have started to realise it now) the details needed for post-process are discarded during the in-camera-conversion.


If you think that the current usage of images taken can ignore the details, JPEG will be great, and you can burst your memory card with at least double the images saved. However, if you are taking some photos that are for memories, documenting, preferably RAW. It helps you to keep every details in the file. Who knows? 2 years later, you may need the images in different mood presentation. RAW is here to help you.


FYI, the above photo is taken in RAW, took in portrait orientation. I cropped it into landscape orientation, and as you can see, the details are as good as if I took it as it is.


Jared Polin loves to wear the shirt: I SHOOT RAW.


Oh yea. I shoot RAW.


- two cent worth

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Monday, December 03, 2012

24hr metta, 2012



It’s the first time I have heard of 24-hour metta. It sounds fresh to me and had been wondering for long what is it for. As the day came, a friend of mine gave me a ring asking a favor as volunteer photographer for this event, I agreed without hesitation.


Well, in fact it is really something different event after all, where as a buddhist event, it needs a lot of participation from the buddhist societies all over the places to have chanting hourly.  The day I entered the hall, I felt so calm. Once the chanting has started, the peacefulness came into my heart and stayed in. All after all, it’s a real great event, as I had omitted my 2 very-first-hand-reserved-tickets for 星雲法師的『大馬好』。In fact, I was struggling whether should I skip for the photoshoot session and go for the 大馬好, but i stood firm on my promise.


The wish blessed me, I helped out for this event and soon after the event ended, I got a link to view 大馬好 from start to end, no interruption in between. Greatly appreciated.



Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.


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