Helen of RAW

Sometimes you find interesting images in your archive. I’ve been going through my massive archive of images over the past year and now and again you find an image from the past that surprises. Like these pics. I did a test for a friend and it was one of my first shoots with my Nikon D3. Back then I was still shooting straight to JPEG. Strange how that is absolutely not an option anymore for me. These were shot in January of 2009. That’s almost 4 years ago.

The RAW technology was definately there in 2009 but the only thing that was severely lacking was decent RAW processing. Lightroom is so advanced an powerful that you would not dream of shooting in anything other than RAW but back then, man I remember how I used to test program after program and I pixel peeped my eyes out and I just never found anything that was satisfying enough. Lightroom was around back then but it was not nearly as powerful as it is today, when version came out in 2010 they finally cracked the RAW code. I had been using LR since the first pre version 1 beta testers were out, it just never had any RAW power, until 2010 that is.

It’s also definately amazing to be able to go back to old files and just re-edit them. The last couple of months I have been honing my photoshop skills some more. Now I do consider myself to be a master photoshop expert as I have been using it since 1996. That was before photoshop had layer capabilities! Actually while I did my course photoshop released a new version and they just introduced layers so it was very alien and we could not fully comprehend what the hell a layer is!

Little test with Nikon D800

These images of little harlequin were all shot with my new Nikon D800, simply love that camera!

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