Friday, January 15, 2010

Ding..Ding..Ding..Winner..Winner...Chicken dinner!

ISO 400

Sorry...WHITE poster board not used. WOW! Isn't it crazy how you can be so overwhelmed and then the next minute the bell goes off, the light comes on and it just clicks (no pun intended). I have changed my camera to RAW. Set the camera to AV and took only 12 shots. Opened Camera Raw in Elements 7. I finally figured out why my photos have had a yellow tint to them!!! My white balance is off!!! DING DING..winner..winner! I think that all AUTO settings should be banned! Although I know I have a great eye, those settings have stopped me from learning what I really need to know.

So folks, here is my first ever raw picture, edited entirely by yours truly!!! I adjusted the white balance, the exposure, slightly moved the Blacks slider, and brightness. I also cropped it. I did not use any of the AUTO fix buttons. It's neat to have full control over your picture. It is not perfect, but you have to start some where!! The Coors Light can seems a little blurry to me, (I've only had two sips!) and the cover of the book the can is on is all messed up. I'm not sure how to fix that yet. Definately not my best. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?

I hope to go back to this picture in a year and say, "What the hell was I thinking?"....and improve it. I'm sure I will!


  1. Haha! Isn't that a great feeling? I always shoot in raw, and most of the time AV priority. Sometimes I use shutter priority when doing a timed shot. Another tip for you - shoot in continuous mode - snap off 3-4 shots in quick sequence - especially if it may have some movement. Also use bracketing - at least 3 different exposure options. Are you using a Canon by the way?

    Great shot here - lots of great color and sharpness. You have so much control in PP by using raw. Yes, a winner, and a chiken dinner! :)

  2. Oh.. PS: to answer your question about the blurriness of the can - you might have chosen a narrower f/stop, and dropped your ISO down to 100. Now by doing that, you will create a problem with a longer shutter speed - Use a tripod, and then keep an eye on where your camera is focusing - those little red lights tend to go where they want, but you do have control over what you want it to focus on. The other option is to go full manual focus.

  3. Thank you Yolanda!! I'm looking into getting another tri-pod, mine is pretty big and I was just shooting at my desk. At one point I had the ISO at 1600, I'm still working on trying to figure out if I change one thing what the affect is. Yes I have a Canon Rebel XSI, I love it!! I've only used bracketing when shooting HDR, never thought it could be used just to take a regular picture. Do I just blend them or layer them?

  4. For just a regular picture, it is no more than just a gauge - you don't need to layer them or blend (unless you wanted to), but shooting raw, you will have more control over your PP options, so the bracketing is more for a best choice scenario for the shot itself. It's nice to have more to work with rather than not enough.

    speaking of "not enough" I was out shooting today, and was having a blast and all inspired, and then I ran out of space on my card. Doh!!

  5. fun pic, loved all the colors, especially loved all of the comments and advice~