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File Formats, Left Brain Thinking!

  When it comes to exporting/saving images you have some options on which file format to use. The 5 most common image file types are RAW, JPEG, PSD, PNG & TIFF. You probably have heard of most of the file types but this week I'd like to elaborate on their differences and when each is best used.   RAW: These files are what you get straight out of the camera when shooting in RAW format. They contain the unprocessed data captured by your...

Color Spaces, Left Brain Thinking!

As a photographer you are confronted with many settings beyond the exposure triangle basics. One of the many settings is color space. You can typically set this in your camera and then again in post processing. So lets talk about what it is and what your options are.   What is color space? It is simply a range of colors that can be displayed in an image. There is an overall visible spectrum of color that the human eye can see. The...

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 24: Target Art

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 24.        Another Sunday School Tip. Target Art 2016 Sacramento, CA Have you ever seen those photographs for sale at Target or similar stores? This week we kept it simple and tried to see if we could create an artsy image that we would be happy to hang in our home. The goal was to keep it super simple. Jack literally took four shots for this image. It probably only required two. The vision was there before...

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 19

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 19 Another Sunday School Tip. Ride the Wave 2016 Santa Cruz, CA Oh the sweet, sweet smell of the morning. Travel with Jack Thatcher as he wakes up nice and early to catch some surfers at first light at the famous Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. Jack wanted to try something new on this morning. Watch as he learns while taking you through the settings he is using. Along the way he will let you know why he chose what he...

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 8

Another Sunday School Tip.   Final Processed Image Straight out of camera - Foreground Straight out of camera - Sky Camera Gear and Settings: Camera: Canon EOS 6D Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L Wide Angle Focal Length: 17mm Shutter Speed: 2.0 Seconds Aperture: F/8 ISO: 1600 LEE Big Stopper (10 Stop ND Filter) Processing Software Used: Lightroom CC 2015 Photoshop CC 2015 Nik Silver Effex Pro 2 Topaz Remask 4 photo by: Jack Thatcher Synthesize 2015 Kirby Cove, Marin Headlands, CA Oh Kirby Cove how I love you. This beautiful place lives just across the Golden Gate Bridge north of San Francisco, CA....

How a Photograph is MADE

Every week PhotoNERDs brings you, "Sunday School", this is us taking one image, and teaching you what went into capturing the photo of the week. This is us showing you how a photograph is made. The good, the bad, the challenges, the thought process, what lens we decided on, why we decided on a particular composition, the story, a mood we were feeling, everything and anything. This is your chance to see inside the mind of the artist behind the photo. In...

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 5

Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 5 with PhotoNERDs. Pacifica, CA Final Processed Image Straight out of camera - Sky Straight out of camera - Foreground Camera Gear and Settings: Camera: Sony NEX-6 Lens: Sony 10-18mm F4 Focal Length: 12mm Shutter Speed: 0.4 & 1/8th Aperture: F/8 ISO: 100 Processing Software Used: Lightroom CC 2015 Photoshop CC 2015 photo by: Jack Thatcher Melodramatic Pacifica, CA December 2013, Santa's Special Sunset What a sunset! Actually...

How to Find and Remove Sensor Spots

  The Trick: Command + I (CTRL in Windows), inverting your layer will create a negative look (like back in the film days). This look will make the sensor spots more obvious even when in normal view they were hard to find. Once the image is inverted you can easily find and remove the spots no problem. Do yourself the favor of saving time by having your sensor cleaned by a professional. It is important to note that while this tip is great for...