So So Moon Shot

Tried to take a nice clear shot of the full moon this evening. The wind was howling, so even though I used the mirror-up setting on the remote and what I feel was the right exposure compensation, the tripod was moving. I took a few to see if I could get one that was crisp.

The other issue I have is that the version of Lightroom I have will not accept NEF. Seems I need to upgrade to 6. I did download Rawtherapee, but it just ins't that intuitive. So I had to just convert to JPG and deal with the post-processing there.

Plenty more experimenting to come! :)
Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.

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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,043 AG
    That is a good start.
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  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,215 Officer
    Light room 6 or Lr CC are a lot more powerful editing tool than what you have which sounds like maybe 4???
    I use Adobe CC which is a subscription license that includes Photo Shop, Lightroom CC, Bridge, and Camera RAW...
    it cost me $10.00 a month and all my software stays up to date. well worth it....
    I don't use Ps to often, but every now and then, I need it and am glad I have it...
    I would also recommend Topaz DeNoise 6...there is nothing better for cleaning up a noisy image...period...
    it is a plugin to your adobe products also, and a stand alone as well...
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  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,215 Officer
    Oh yeah, you might want to carry around a 10 pound weight with a hook so you can weight your tripod down to eliminate the problem you were having in the wind...
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  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    Light room 6 or Lr CC are a lot more powerful editing tool than what you have which sounds like maybe 4???
    I use Adobe CC which is a subscription license that includes Photo Shop, Lightroom CC, Bridge, and Camera RAW...
    it cost me $10.00 a month and all my software stays up to date. well worth it....
    I don't use Ps to often, but every now and then, I need it and am glad I have it...
    I would also recommend Topaz DeNoise 6...there is nothing better for cleaning up a noisy image...period...
    it is a plugin to your adobe products also, and a stand alone as well...

    Later last night I was deciding whether to upgrade LR or not when I remembered that I bought the whole CyberLink suite when I was looking for video editing software for my Phantom 3. At the time of researching, Power Director was the best bang for the buck for video editing at the level I wanted.

    I started up Photo Director and sure enough it handles NEF files fine.
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,043 AG
    I am still using Nikon Capture, which was free.
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  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,641 Admiral
    In my opinion:

    Nice shot, but moons on a black sky all look the same to me, not much you can ever do with them.

    The best way to deal with RAW is to never use it.

    The only thing RAW is really good for is rescuing photos that are a couple stops improperly exposed, and I never have that...well, not often. There are other uses for it, but not worth all the time and effort. Very few photographers I know bother with RAW.
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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,043 AG
    Cane Pole wrote: »
    In my opinion:

    Nice shot, but moons on a black sky all look the same to me, not much you can ever do with them.

    The best way to deal with RAW is to never use it.

    The only thing RAW is really good for is rescuing photos that are a couple stops improperly exposed, and I never have that...well, not often. There are other uses for it, but not worth all the time and effort. Very few photographers I know bother with RAW.

    I use to think that also.
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  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,215 Officer
    Cane Pole wrote: »
    In my opinion:

    Nice shot, but moons on a black sky all look the same to me, not much you can ever do with them.

    The best way to deal with RAW is to never use it.

    The only thing RAW is really good for is rescuing photos that are a couple stops improperly exposed, and I never have that...well, not often. There are other uses for it, but not worth all the time and effort. Very few photographers I know bother with RAW.

    you're kidding, right???
    and you consider yourself a pro???
    if very few of the photographers you know only shoot jpg, then they are all posers....or beginners....
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  • JWTJWT Posts: 396 Deckhand
    well this took a hard turn :) as i was figuring out RAW, I would shoot both formats for each picture. quickly figured out that i wanted to make the decisions for each photo's look & feel rather than let the camera do it. i liked what i could get from the RAW data better than the JPEG image. everything is RAW now but it does take some time. part of the process for me. won't shoot JPEG cept with my P&S Olympus
  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    The D7200 stores RAW and Jpeg at the same time if you have cards in both slots.

    Sop why not do both?
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  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,215 Officer
    JWT wrote: »
    well this took a hard turn :) as i was figuring out RAW, I would shoot both formats for each picture. quickly figured out that i wanted to make the decisions for each photo's look & feel rather than let the camera do it. i liked what i could get from the RAW data better than the JPEG image. everything is RAW now but it does take some time. part of the process for me. won't shoot JPEG cept with my P&S Olympus

    I just shoot RAW...
    If the jpg image RAW generates for viewing is good. or great, I just convert it....
    if I have a bunch of images I just want to convert to jpg, I just batch process those images...easy done...
    there just really isn't any reason to shoot jpg anymore...
    I have gone back to old files from when I just shot jpg, and saw the possibilities for a really good image, and not be able to "fix it" with Lr or Ps because there's not enough info in the jpg to fix it with...and I really hate that when it happens...

    Their are a bunch of you that probably don't remember Craig T. Harding from this forum...
    He was a great photographer and went through a learning curve that we all do...
    he was the first advocate of RAW only, and a lot of us sort of dismissed it...and then, I saw the light after shooting some RAW that I purposely screwed up the exposures...the ability to retrieve lost exposure data in RAW, and save an image, or make it a great image, changed my mind for good...

    I suggest that all of you that are on the cusp of ditching jpg for RAW only, do it now....you will never be sorry you did...ever...

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  • FlashFlash Posts: 11,043 AG
    Well other than it filling up my hard drive very quickly, I like RAW
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  • bobloreboblore Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    Great picture of the moon. I have seen my brother use a DSLR camera to take photographs of the moon.
  • JWTJWT Posts: 396 Deckhand
    Menzies wrote: »
    The D7200 stores RAW and Jpeg at the same time if you have cards in both slots.

    Sop why not do both?

    i did that for a couple of outings. then i realized that the Jpegs were just a waste of space if i had a RAW file. it depends on what you are shooting tho. for a family gathering or someplace you want to take a bunch of pictures - shoot Jpegs, no processing time & instant gratification. if you are shooting something that you might want to make a "photo" of- go RAW & let your inner artiste come out!
  • Stetson LawStetson Law Posts: 488 Deckhand
    I shoot both at the same time. Use JPEGs for quick look and social media. Have the RAW files for prints, in depth editing, and "just in case" I blow it (exposure) in the heat of battle.
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,215 Officer
    I shoot both at the same time. Use JPEGs for quick look and social media. Have the RAW files for prints, in depth editing, and "just in case" I blow it (exposure) in the heat of battle.
    it's just not that much of a problem to shoot RAW and if in a hurry, batch process to jpg. You can also resize your jpg images to fit internet or email at the same time which you'd have to do anyway with a big jpg file....

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