Photography

Photography tips and photos.

RAW vs JPEG: Which Format is Better for Photographers?

Many beginning photographers are confused on the difference between JPEG and RAW. Is one better than the other, and if so, how and why? It all boils down to who, or what, post-processes the photosensor data. Post-processing is the process of manipulating saturation, sharpness, white-balance, lens-correction, noise reduction, highlights, shadows, and a whole bunch of other variables. You can have the camera do it for you, in which case it’s going to create a JPEG file. Of, if you want to do the post-processing yourself, you’ll want to record the…
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Photography Using Moonlight

Scott Book Photography

Nothing like being deep in the Rocky Mountains under a full moon. There is enough reflected light that one can usually walk around without the aid of a flashlight. There is even enough light to take some really cool photographs of the surrounding landscape without any fancy equipment. About the only things one needs are a camera with “bulb” setting, a tripod and a good subject to photograph. However, finding the right scene can take some planning. I usually take mental notes of neat and interesting places while I’m out…
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Old Farm of Long Ago

Old barn and stable

Scattered about the eastern plains of Colorado lie abandoned farms from a time long since passed. I’m not exactly sure what intrigues me most about these scenes, but they are one of my favorite things to photograph. Perhaps it’s because they are reminiscent of an era I wish I could have been a part of. Or maybe it’s the incredible stories of hardship the frontier unleashed on the unsuspecting pioneers. Even if new, some of these building would have provided only minimal protection from the ferocious winds and driving snow….
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Photographs of an Old Farmhouse

South of Ellicot on the eastern plains of Colorado stands and an old farmhouse built many years ago. It’s long since been abandoned, missing its windows and doors, though, it’s still stands after years of being abused by the rain, wind and sun. I marked this farm on my GPS maps about a year ago, because I knew when the right day presented itself, it would make for a really cool photograph. That day came on April 6th, 2017 when the setting sun was on path to set over Pikes…
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Wildlife Found in My Colorado Backyard

Wild Rabbit

With each passing week, the urge to photograph grows stronger and stronger. Perhaps more so now that it’s starting to get warm outside again. With winter coming to an end and spring just a week away, the urge to start practicing my photography has taken on a new challenge. That being, photograph all the living mammals that visit or live in the backyard or the front yard. Since I don’t have my camera with me all the time, and since all the critters come and go at different times, this…
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Night Photography Using Moonlight

night photography under the moon

I came across a bunch of really nice night photographs the other day that a few people had taken using the light of the moon. At first I was skeptical that the pictures I was looking at were real, in that they seemed like they were heavily modified. The foreground was exposed as if it were daylight, yet I could still see stars in a blue sky at night. My first inclination was the sky was photoshopped, and the rest of the photo was a normal daytime exposure. I just…
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How To Take Pictures of Fireworks

how to take pictures of fireworks

Much like lightning, taking pictures of fireworks is actually not that hard. Since fireworks are on display at night, you can leave the shutter open for as long as you like. The explosion and light show acts as a giant flash bulb, exposing the shot. All one has to do is set the camera for a longer than normal exposure time, point it at the firework show, and within a couple seconds they should have a pretty nice photograph. Of course, there is a little more to it. For example,…
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