The Hidden Garden by Ryan Matthew Smith/Modernist Cuisine LLC
If you haven’t seen this yet – you really need to add this to your list. I’m talking about the massive cooking encyclopedia called The Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. It’s a whopping 2,438 pages in a 5 volume set.
The author is Dr. Nathan Myhrvold. That’s right, I said Doctor. Photography is just one facet of this man’s amazing resume. He has a myriad of master’s degrees in various sciences (mathematical physics, geophysics, and space physics), a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, another master’s degree in economics from Princeton, oh, and don’t forget his doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics, also from Princeton.
How many of you are still trying to figure out what this whole RAW file thing is about? How many of you have no idea what I’m talking about and think that you’ve been fine this whole time shooting JPEGS and that this doesn’t apply to you? Well guess what? You’re the ones that need to read this the most. In this post I will explain what RAW files are, how to use them, and what to do in the meantime before you are ready to take that next step in shooting RAW files. If you really want to get serious about your photography, people, you have to learn how to shoot RAW files.
First of all, what the heck is a RAW file anyway? A RAW file is an uncompressed file that contains data used to produce a new image from that file. RAW files are not stand alone files. This means in order to even look at the file, you must use software, like Photoshop Bridge or Adobe Lightroom to process this file into a new file. You use the RAW file as if it’s a negative that needs to be printed.