Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Raw vs Jpeg. The Great Debate.

It is the perennial question, do I shoot Raw or Jpeg. Good question, many answers but here is my take on it.

If you think back to your film days, you shot a roll of film, dropped it at the chemist, picked it up a few days later and scoured the 36 prints for those two or three really good ones that you would show everyone. That is the film equivalent of a Jpeg. Now, in that envelope with your photos was a sheath of negatives, this is the RAW image. From the Negative you could make enlargements, crop certain portions of the image or even process it in a different way. That is how it is with RAW and Jpegs. RAW images give more flexibility in processing your image to a final print

However, to process a RAW image takes time, patience and practice but the results can be stunning. Alternatively, shooting Jpegs takes less memory, faster write times in camera and, if you get all your basics right, also produce stunning images. many of today's DSLR's take both RAW and Jpegs whilst in a compact camera you may have to choose one or the other.

I have been shooting RAW and Jpeg for a few years now and rarely use the RAW image. Of late I have been shooting Jpeg only unless I find myself in a situation of tricky lighting or it is an all important image then I simply shoot that image in RAW.

Put simply did you enjoy your film prints or did you want more.

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