The Digital Photo Guy

Monday Morning Tip – 5/25/09

by on May.24, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing

Today we continue with actually using Adobe Camera Raw. Some of this may seem pretty obvious but, as any little kid knows,  you have to learn to crawl before you can get to to good stuff in the dog’s bowl!

As always, the full MMT is in the Tips and News section and you’ll need a password to access it. To get a password via e-mail, just register for the site. While you’re at it, set up an RSS Feed using My Yahoo! If you’re not familiar with RSS, you can get full details by clicking here. As for why you want an RSS Feed, it’s like having your own custom newspaper delivered directly to your e-mail box as soon as something interesting happens. In addition to my site, you can also have RSS feeds from your local newspaper or CNN or Twiddly Winks Today Magazine. If there’s a website that covers whatever floats your boat, it probably has an RSS feed to which you can subscribe.

Next week, we’ll continue with the real meat & potatoes of ACR. While I milk ACR for a few weeks, I hope some of you get off your duffs and send in some ideas for future MMTs because coming up with ideas is the toughest part of writing these.

Quick Tips

I see newbies (aka noobs) always asking, “Which is better, Raw or JPEG?” Life is full of either/or choices but this isn’t one of them. When you first buy a dSLR, it’s probably set up for JPEG as the default but you’ll soon start if you should be in Raw. Well, in this case you don’t have to make a choice between one or the other, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Most modern dSLRs can be set to capture Raw + JPEG. In fact, many can capture different sizes and resolutions of JPEG. Set your camera for Raw + JPEG and you’ll have files you can immediately share with friends and family as well as Raw files you can process and refine to your heart’s content.

Two Strobe Portrait Lighting

I’ve been studying and practicing lighting concepts on David Hobby’s site, Strobist. It’s not rocket science but it does require some cogitating. If you’re up for a challenge, try some of David’s ideas for lighting portraits with one or two strobes.

Palomar College Webinars

Both my classes, Digital SLR for New dSLR Owners and Photo Editing for Digital Photographers are available through Palomar College as webinars (webcats). In tough economic times, webcasts make even more sense because you can’t just stop learning but you can minimize costs. Webcasts save you gas, parking fees, snacks, babysitter costs and time. Click the above links to see what meets your needs.

If job push comes to shove, you might become the next accidental photographer so you may as well invest in yourself by taking classes. Besides, being able to produce great photos of company events can be a way to earn extra cash on the side. Think about it.

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