Friday, February 21, 2014

RED

by Deanna

I googled "how many words in the English language?" and the answer is at the very least a quarter of a million.  So with a quarter of a million words to choose from, you would think I could come up with an intelligent word-filled post.  Instead I think, unless I get carried away while writing this post, this is going to be mostly images, in particular red images.  We here at FOL always have a theme each month, this month the theme is red and since I am definitely a lover of red, I felt the obvious need to post RED.  Now if you have read any of my posts in the past about my struggles with photographing the color red, I took on the challenge of red again.  I think what has helped me the most, besides being really careful with my exposure, always, always underexpose, is that I now photograph only in RAW format and use Lightroom 5 to edit my images.  I read so much about RAW and the advantages of shooting in RAW format and then the ease of editing in Lightroom convinced me that it was time to leave JPEG to further my skills.


 Oh please, I would never leave Photoshop Elements completely, I need to add some text on occasion....


and what would I do if I couldn't add a texture or two?  Those types of edits just can't be done in Lightroom...but it is an ease to complete in Elements.
  

And not only is our monthly theme red, but this is National Cherry Month and in honor of Shirley Temple, our first great child movie star here's a Shirley Temple (RED) cherry drink.


But then ever so often, I just get tired of trying to capture the perfect red and I just say what the heck....and convert to b&w.


7 comments:

Katie said...

i've been shooting in RAW for years now, and will never go back to JPEG. it's just so much easier to shoot in RAW--and also i'm a control freak so there's that, too. ; ) beautiful images, deanna and happy weekend!

kelly said...

put me in the 'recently converted to RAW' as well. and like you i've found that it has enhanced my overall photography. beautiful photos my friend. you've certainly figured out how to make red work. happy weekend to you! xox

terriporter said...

I always have problems with red too and knowing that shooting in RAW and using LR will solve that problem might just get me to convert. I think LR has made editing RAW images so much easier. Now I just need to master LR and I'll be ready to switch! Your reds are always so wonderful, Deanna, and they are an inspiration to be to really give this system a try. I need you or Kelly or Katie to come and give me some lessons!

Susan said...

Great post Deanna! I love the red photos and did not know that about shooting RAW…may just have to try that myself. After all, a picture speaks a thousand words but in your case they speak a Million! Thanks for sharing!

S. Etole said...

You seem to have mastered it well.

Ida said...

Well I think you've done a fabulous job shooting some wonderful red shots here. I have no clue about shooting in the RAW, guess I need to look that up. The BW was beautiful too.

sherrygaley said...

These are brilliant red images Deanna, as all of yours are! I've been shooting in RAW for quite a while and would never go back either! I don't use Lightroom though. I use Adobe Camera Raw which comes with Photoshop. It's pretty much the same as the LR Develop module. It's really, really easy. Then I can take the image into Photoshop, or not, as I wish. It's amazing how much more dynamic range you can find in an image when you shoot RAW. Best decision ever.

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