Saturday, January 15, 2011

RAW vs jpeg

Over the holidays I decided that my photos would be infinitely better if I took them in RAW and used Canon's Digital Photo Professional for post-processing.  Between Christmas and our trip to France we took over 1200 pictures and now I'm really regretting the decision to used RAW.  Here's why:

  • There's little noticeable difference in the color curve.
  • White balance is obviously easy to change with a RAW image but in 95% of the shots the WB was already set correctly.  In the 5% of the shots it wasn't, Picasa does a great job to fix jpegs.
  • Noise reduction in DPP is no better than the in-camera noise reduction.  ISO 1600 shots using jpeg look fine.
  • Exported jpegs are too washed out and the color saturation is too much.
  • Post-processing time!  This is, by far, the biggest reason I won't be using RAW in the future.  I had no idea just how much time it would take to make all the adjustments.  Even using DPP's recipe copy/paste and the batch processing it's proving to be a massive time sink.

The only advantage I've found is that the lens distortion is corrected.  This, however, only seems to matter for landscape shots that have harsh horizons and vertical elements (e.g. trees).  In all the other shots it doesn't make a significant difference.

So if you've been waiting for Christmas pictures and January 2011 pictures, you'll have to wait a bit longer.  It'll take me some time to work my way through the 1200 image backlog.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Parcel Force

Today a box arrived with 15 light sabres inside.  The Empire doesn't stand a chance.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rock Stars at our House

This weekend, thanks to a mutual friend, we were lucky enough to host Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), and Jack Terricloth and Sandra Malak (World Inferno/Friendship Society) at our house.  It was so cool to get to know people way outside my social circle.  They were all incredibly interesting, funny, and talented.  I highly encourage you to attend one of their shows!

Franz Nicolay

Dave Hause

Jack Terricloth

Sandra Malak

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Paris, the city of love!

A very long time ago Erin and I met up in Paris for spring break.  We snapped a quick picture with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop.  This month we went back to Paris for the first time since then and took another picture.

March, 1999

January, 2011