If you got past that totally bizarre title, props to you. The GNG just caught me looking through these pictures of her and asked "Eewa ah-picle too?" ("Can Eva have a popsicle too?") Um, girl, you just got jealous of yourself, and it's 9am, so no.
I'm hoping you all can help me out during the linkup this week. I am still using Picasa (I know, I know! I have preemptive buyer's remorse about getting a real program). I've been shooting in RAW for a few months now--my main reason for switching was that I was impressed with the colors, like how the sky would be blue instead of white. And if you come here regularly you know that I always say I'm a chronic underexposer. Well, when I took these pictures of Eva in her Japanese-style baby pool--that's a reference to it being short and deep, not to it being a big piece of tupperware in my backyard, that part is all American--I was so deliberate about making sure that they were on the overexposed side. I figured that if I always thought they were right and they were underexposed, well then I should overcompensate. It looked like I got some great ones. When I brought them into Picasa, they looked great as thumbnails, then to my dismay they one-by-one began turning dark. Right before my eyes, they were going from properly exposed to disgusting and dark and gray. I would choose one that looked like it should, then open it, and it would turn dark. What the heck?? My husband sweetly went into Must Fix It Mode and Googled it for me, and a lot of people seemed to have the same issue, but I didn't end up getting a chance to read the sites he pulled up. It was sounding like it's an issue with the way Picasa reads the RAW files. We decided that I should go back to shooting in RAW and JPEG and compare. So, here's an example, both SOOC:
Yes, that is popsicle *and* cream cheese mixture. Yum.
ISO 400, ss 1/400, f/1.8
So, thoughts? Is it Picasa's fault or mine?
Also, what's with the glowy skin? Is that a white balance thing? Another issue I've been too lazy to address...custom white balance is still intimidating.
General tips for improvement are always welcome! Go see what everyone else learned at
P.S. Courtney, you'll be proud, I got some of my pictures printed and hung them up! (I was inspired by the fact that my awesome sister-in-law surprised us with a family birthday present of a picture of us on Tokashiki Island put onto canvas. Very cooll!