Will I Ever Take a Good Picture?

My journey trying to take good photos.

UMASS Walkabout 5/25/2014. Plus jpg out of camera vs my edit from raw comparison.

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Went to visit my daughter yesterday. We spent the afternoon together and went out for lunch and for ice cream. In between we went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus to see the ducklings and of course we took our cameras. It is hard to get a good picture of the little guys. I only took 36 pictures. I think that is the least I have ever taken when I went to take pictures. I have taken more of a single flower on the side of a trail!

My first keepers of the day were of a turtle. The pond was in the process of being dredged so it was very low. I am not sure if this guy was floating or walking across the muck.

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Then Anna noticed another turtle by the bridge. This turtle was walking on the bottom of the pond.

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Got two shots of the ducklings with Mom. I am happier with my turtle shots.

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I shoot raw+jpg and when I go thru my photos from a shoot I look at the jpg versions to pick what I want to keep. Then I edit the raw photos. I have never compared my final edits to the jpgs out of the camera so I decided I would do that here. The only edits in the jpgs were from cropping. I wish I could figure out how to be able to rollover the image to switch between jpg and my edit but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do that in WordPress. I don’t think I can do it in the free version since every time I try my edits are deleted. If anyone knows how to do it let me know. If you have no idea what I’m talking about check this blog post by Jeffrey Friedl where he does what I am looking to do. Scroll down to the picture of the X-Rite Color Checker Passport photo.

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The first turtle picture. First is jpg out of camera and then my edit.

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They both are good. Looking at them in LR where I can switch back and forth the biggest difference is the change that was done by applying lens correction. The lens correction corrects the distortion from the lens I was using (Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6). This correction caused the rock in the top right of the shot to be removed from my edit. If you can’t find the rock here it is.UMASS_05-25-14-Edit

There is also a bit of difference in the brightness of the photo. Look at the mud/dirt in the foreground and the green highlights in the water.

Here is the second turtle picture. Again first is jpg out of camera and then my edit.

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I think in this one my edit looks better.

Now for the second of the duck shot. first is jpg…

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Both are fine. The dirt looks lighter in my edit but not by much.

For the turtle underwater picture I thought I would go back and try to edit the jpg to see if I could make it look like my edit. Here is the result.

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Close but I’m getting some weirdness on the left hand side. So in this picture at least editing from raw helped. I also edited the first turtle picture and got the jpg from camera very close to my edit so in that case shooting raw didn’t make much difference. For what it is worth here is the jpg with edits.

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I should have taken pictures of the ice cream we got. I know I ordered a small sundae but I was expecting a bit more than one small scoop of ice cream in it. Anna got a small cup and it looked all of 4 bites. It was good but for the price not worth it.

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