Journal

Everything you want to know about RAW but are afraid to ask

“RAW is the negative and JPG is the snapshot your camera makes from it”Garth Smith December 2009

Introduction

If you have heard about this RAW deal and want to understand how it will improve your photography, then this Tutorial is for you.

Why?

  1. I often get asked why I shoot in RAW and why not JPEG and I always take the time to reply in detail.
  1. I have read a lot of comments on RB about what RAW is and what the deal is with RAW vs JPEG, but the information is disparate, often overly technical in expression, and sometimes unmitigated rubbish.
  1. The name RAW itself is daunting for anyone with a keen interest in improving their photography skills but neither confident in direction or priority nor comfortable with the technical concepts. And let’s face it, learning about digita

The Easy Guide to Adding Clouds to an Image using Photoshop

Introduction

The aim of this Guide is to provide easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions on how to add clouds to an image which has an otherwise blank sky, without the necessity of being a Photoshop guru to achieve it.

Many stunning images on RB are in fact composites, with clouds being brought in from another image to add impact. (Sometimes you can’t easily tell!) It works very well and can transform an image. I have three artworks on RB each being composite of two shots, one being clouds. This is my first and favourite, which is about to published in a High School textbook on digital imaging:

The original image of the building was clear sky – not a cloud in sight – and was thus a bit bland and boring and a perfect candidate for some cosmetic surgery. This tutorial wa…