Photography is such a demanding subject, there is so much to learn from a technical point of view. When it comes to post processing, it can get even more demanding learning the in and out of Lightroom and Photoshop.
This time last year I was intimidated by the notion of shooting RAW, I knew what it meant, however, I had no idea what you could do with a raw negative in digital format. My friend Umbreen Hafeez said to me on a recent shoot, "I had no idea what shooting raw meant, however I knew intuitively I could do something interesting with it". This simple conversation inspired me to dig a little deeper into the possibilities of what shooting raw could mean for my photography.
I have to say, shooting raw has now become a habit, simply because, it is the best way of preserving my images and creating real art with them. I have never shot and developed Raw Film Negatives, I can only imagine what that process must have felt like to photographers of old - seeing an image appear on photographic paper has to be one of the most magical experiences for a photographer.
In my day job as a magician, I can relate to this in as much as having in my mind an image of the desired effect, and bringing that effect to life with a deck of cards or a handful of coins, it is truly wonderful.
Since I've been shooting Raw it has been amazing to see how much detail in a digital image gets captured and then revealed in the post processing procedure. I have been absolutely blown away by how much information gets captured by my tiny sensor and a DX sensor at that when shooting Raw. This is the closet I can get to processing film on photograph Raw mode and with a little post processing added a little extra PUNCH to the final image.
I think it's safe to say I'll be shooting Raw from now on, that is not to say that JPEGs don't have their place, no, as I learned from Bryan Peterson, my JPEGs will be generated from a Raw Digital Negative – now that's magic.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015