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Links I would like to share

Hello folks,

By lack of time (Yes, I have also a social life beside my hobbies lol) I would like to keep it short and share pages on the internet that are interesting for me and it can also be for you. Some are in Dutch some are in English I will try to give a good overview:

Photography (English):

Photography (Dutch):

  • Digitalefotografietips: With the help of this site, I have learned all the basics of photography.  Very good especially for starters. TOP SITE!
  • Photoshopmagazine: Site of a magazine I buy. Always great tutorials and sometimes they publish my work 😉
  • Belgiumdigitalforum: Good forum to see work of others or buy used stuff. Lot’s of information on it from basic to advanced photography.

Aquarium/shrimps (English):

  • Chris Lukhaup: Link to his Flickr page, there you see the best macro pictures of shrimps and insects on the net. It is worth to google him and check him on Facebook. He does amazing.

Aquarium/shrimps (Dutch):

  • Facebook group “show jouw aquarium”: The best group on Facebook about aquarium and shrimps. Good advice of experienced friendly people. Also check their subgroups.
  • Shrimpkings: Top webshop when you need shrimps. Delivers in the BENELUX and I think if you pick up contact with the owner even further.
  • Shrimpmaster:  Nice informative site about shrimps and everything around it, also photography.

Blog (English):

David : The blog of my brother, to me it is kind of reading an alien language but they say it should be interesting when you are an advanced (in his words: beginner) computer nerd 🙂

Links to my pages:

  • Shutterstock: The first (and best) stock selling site that accepted me as a contributor. Here you have a selection of my best pics and you can buy the license to use on it for a small price.
  • iStock: My 2nd stock selling site, they are less selective then Shutterstock so you can find more pictures on it.  But of course the quality they accept is still top.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr: My general picture site.
  • Youtube

Of course there is much more on internet but these are the sites I would like to credit. Some because I have learned a lot of it and some because I have a good connection with them.

That’s it for this week I hope you can do something with those links.

Studio Skwit

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RAW vs JPEG

After a short explanation of the triangle of photography, I’d like to explain the difference between the format Raw and JPEG.

Especially when you have a DSLR camera, always go for the RAW option. There aren’t many cameras that deliver very good JPEG files immediately.

When you choose for JPEG the camera makes some decisions for you for example sharpness, compression and other settings, but it is better that you take over the control by the RAW-file. The RAW file is your digital negative containing all the data your sensor picked up.

The main advantage of RAW is that you can change the white-balance afterwards and if your picture is under/over-exposed you can compensate it a lot without destroying your picture.

A RAW file always needs post processing on the computer (on some you can do it on the cameras too but I never tried it). For the post processing there is software as Lightroom and cameraRAW ( I prefer cameraRAW even knowing Lightroom is better and i have both), anyway when your camera supports RAW-files the manufacturer delivers software too (Nikon gives Capture NX).

Here you can see an example of how a RAW file looks like when it comes out of the camera. Next to it you see the result after post processing. I adjusted many things like exposure, white balance, contrast, sharpness, noise reduction, local adjustments, … . Maybe later I will make a post explaining the adjustments step-by-step.

Schermafbeelding 2014-04-15 om 19.43.55Click for full screen view

Resumé:

RAW:

Positive: 
– Contains all the data in the picture from the sensor
– white balance control
– Lots of control on the picture

Negative:
– Big file sizes
– Always post processing ( I like it  but you need time)

JPEG:

Positive:
– pictures are ready to use
– Small file sizes

Negative: 
– what you capture is what you get
– Less control in post processing

To end, I can say there is much more to tell about this subject. I just gave a very short impression and maybe it triggers you to look more about this subject on Google/Youtube.

Please don’t hesitate to react or contact me if you have more questions and I hope you enjoyed reading this 🙂

Studio Skwit

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