Technical stuff - hints and tips
Here are some hints and tips we've picked up along the way, all designed to improve your photography.

JPEG vs. raw

You’ve heard the terms, but what do they mean? Well, most basic cameras shoot their images in JPEG format. The camera captures the image and processes it according to rules that are programmed into its software. A lot of information may be discarded in the process. It’s a bit like sending your negatives off to the chemist; what you got back depended on the developing and printing methods that were applied.

Now, most DSLRs are able to shoot in raw. This produces a sort of digital negative; all the information captured by the camera is stored unaltered as a digital file. This gives you much more flexibility when doing your own image processing. Almost all image processing software now contains a raw converter. This converts your raw image so that you can process it the way you want. The beauty is that the raw image never changes, so you can go back to it and process it in different ways.

I usually shoot in raw. The only exception is where I’m shooting a lot of images quickly and the quality doesn’t really matter much. But shooting in raw gives me much more flexibility to make the resulting images look the way I want them to.