Welcome to DM Photography
There is an ongoing debate among shutterbugs ever since digital photography became mainstream. It revolves around the question of which format is better: JPG or RAW? This is a subject that demands further exploration, especially for beginners, as your file format will inevitably impact the way you work as a photographer.
By now, we are all probably familiar with JPG. However, only a few outside know about Raw. Basically, Raw serves as the unmodified compilation of your image’s data gathered by your sensors. In layman’s terms, it can be described as your negative. Instead of being on a film, however, it is digital. Now, let us go back to the JPG format. In a nutshell, a JPG file canbest be described as a shell representation of the image you captured. Not everything your sensors covered is there.It is also worth mentioning that you will inevitably lose more data as you make edits to a JPG file.
The advantages RAW, therefore, becomes all the more apparent. It essentially gives you more room to tweak around with your image before settling in with the final product.
Shooting portraits is one of the best ways to put your skills to the test. It is harder and more challenging than you’d expect as there is a lot that goes into it. For instance, when it comes to establishing a focal point for the portrait, most amateur photographers would simply enable the autofocus option and start blasting. However, doing so can actually be detrimental to your image and you would be doing your subject a great disservice.
Instead, you need to make use ofa single focal point.Doing so gives you ultimate control and virtually guarantees a better final image. Of course, the next question would be: where should I focus? The answer to that is simple: the eyes. Always focus on the eyes as it always makes for a great portrait. They are the windows to the soul and they can easily convey emotions and express messages without difficulty.
The best example of this would be the iconic “Afghan Girl” portrait from National Geographic. The iconic portrait from 30 years ago continues to inspire many would-be photographers to pick up a camera and start shooting.