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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...

Golden Ratio, Left Brain Thinking!

One of the most commonly talked about compositional rules is "The rule of thirds". Most cameras are set up with grids in the view finder to help you with this rule. I mean, even your phone probably has this feature. Its a great rule. It can certainly add intrigue to your images. There is a little spin though that can take this concept to another level...

500 Rule, Left Brain Thinking!

We have a problem. The earth is rotating! It's making the stars in our astro images blurry!!! Don't worry, we have a solution. There is a simple rule to follow to avoid these streaky stars. Don't get me wrong, star trails can make some really cool images but what if you want to get that tack sharp shot of the Milky Way? FYI- Right now is prime time for MW images in the northern hemisphere. Here is where the rule comes...

Color Depth, Left Brain Thinking!

16-bit or 32-bit color? What is the difference and what should you be using? Its time to share my understanding of color depth in this nerd out session. First of all, what is a "bit"? The word bit was created from two words, similar to the words blog & vlog. In this case the words binary & digit make up the word bit. Every bit is either a 0 or a 1, off or on. The more bits you have in...

Gaussian Blur, Left Brain Thinking!

Many of us have used this tool in photoshop plenty of times. As a left brain thinker, I have always wondered what in the heck does Gaussian mean. I've also wondered how exactly you pronounce the word. It's funny to hear how many ways people say it. So, here is the definition from Merriam-Webster: being or having the shape of a normal curve or a normal distribution. Pronounced: gau̇-sē-ən Well...

6D vs 5D3, Left Brain Thinking!

First off, both the 6D and the 5D3 are great options on any level. Personally, I have shot with just about every major camera brand and I prefer Canon’s simplicity. Like many of our followers, most of my photography is landscape based. However, no matter what you are photographing, the same principles will apply. Both cameras are capable of creating fantastic high quality photographs. With that being said there are a few main reasons I chose to go with the 6D: It’s...