DSLR Cameras Shoot in Camera RAW – What the Heck is RAW?

Is your goal to learn how to take better pictures with your DSLR? Are you wondering why you have this RAW image quality setting on your DSLR camera?First let’s discuss what we know about JPEG. Every digital camera has the ability to record images in the JPEG format. When you look at your camera’s menu, you will notice that there are several JPEG selections, possibly including Fine, Medium Fine, Normal, etc. When your camera is using the JPEG file format, what is essentially happening is that the camera software compresses the image to make the file size smaller. Basically it throws away unnecessary bits of information (these bits of information are called pixels).

Whenever you choose one of the creative camera modes, such as “night portrait” you are telling your camera to use its software record the picture in JPEG format, changing the picture and compressing it digitally.For many of us this is just fine, because many people just want to go from camera to printer with their pictures. And since the creative modes are getting better all the time, it enables the photographer to get really good prints right from the camera.So what about RAW? RAW is a format that stores all the “RAW” data without any compression. Therefore, when you are shooting in RAW, you will notice a major difference in the number of pictures you can get on your storage media – much less photos.After you take your photos, you must transfer them to your computer and use photo editing software such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro to get the effects you want. You may also need to get a RAW converter if you do not have it built into your photo editing software.The beauty of RAW is that you will always be able to return to your original file, because once you make edits to a RAW file on your computer, you will save it into a different file format, such as JPEG or TIFF, thus preserving the original.

Another advantage of RAW is that you have much more image information recorded. So if you are planning to print larger images, there is a good chance that the quality of the print will be better because there is more picture data (pixels) to work with.Bottom line is this. If you are serious about getting the best quality images possible from your DSLR camera, consider shooting in Camera RAW. If you are just shooting to share pictures with friends and family on Facebook or Flickr, you can shoot at a lower resolution in JPEG and use the creative settings on your camera.


1992 Kawasaki ZX6 ZX 6 D Ninja Left Rear Footpeg

1992 Kawasaki ZX6 ZX 6 D Ninja Left Rear Footpeg

The Left Rear Footpeg (passenger peg on the left side, as you are sitting on the bike). It mounts to the Left Rear Footpeg Bracket, which is in turn mounted to the frame. The Condition of this part is Used.

A used Left Rear Footpeg will be straight, clean and undamaged.

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Reasons Why Businesses Fail – How a Virtual Business Can Help You Beat the Odds!

There are numerous studies regarding small-business failure rates. Unfortunately, the findings are often vague because, unlike publicly held corporations, most private companies do not report their financial results. One thing is for sure, businesses fail in large numbers, especially small ones:According to a September 2009 “U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Report” in 2008; there were 627,200 new businesses, 595,600 business closures and 43,546 bankruptcies.A major culprit as of why businesses fail, covered in detail in the book “E Myth” by Michael E. Gerber, is because business owners neglect to put systems in place. The owner-manager has a tendency to work IN her business, rather than ON her business. With the advent of technology, this trend has increased exponentially, especially for those companies who do not adapt to the rapid changes taking place in the business world.To put it succinctly, business owners who fail to adapt, still run their companies based on the Industrial Age business model, rather than the new the Information Age and Knowledge Era. This is a major conflict and speeds up the business failure because if you talked in today’s terms, it would be like using telex machines and telegraphs to conduct day-to-day operations.The solution is then to bring these existing businesses, or create new startups using new age solutions. This means building a business using efficient and inexpensive, sometimes even free, cutting-edge technology readily available for the savvy business owners who is ready to adapt and move their existing or new business ventures into the Information Age and Knowledge Era.Without a doubt, businesses who have adapted have seen huge leaps in progress and efficiencies based on technology. Over the past decade, technology has helped entrepreneurs leverage their time, create process efficiencies, reduce costs massively, and allowed them to maximize business profits to levels never seen before.To date, most of these major technological overhauls have taken place in big corporations with deep pockets. What better proof than to see how their stock values keep raising, even though the rest of the population is seeing one of the worst economic crisis this country has ever seen.The question is then, how do we get small business owners, home based business and new incoming entrepreneurs to embrace and take advantage of the endless benefits technology offers? The answer lies in converting these small business ventures, into virtual businesses. Technology, without a doubt, has changed the playing field and has allowed smaller companies to compete with larger corporations on the same level.In this new economy, it is no longer the big one, but the fast one that wins!A virtual business allows a company to be geographically dispersed. It allows it to meet and support its customers wherever they are located. Employees are no longer constrained to a physical office, but instead, they can work from anywhere, at any time, at any pace; all accessible, networked and coordinated via internet applications.As you can see, with a virtual business, all you need is a computer and internet access to get you going. Anyone can start a virtual business in minutes. You don’t need major start up capital. You don’t need investors. You don’t need to risk months or years trying to break even. You don’t even have to gamble your savings. You can implement sophisticated systems. You can hire the most qualified personnel from anywhere in the world. Most importantly, a virtual business allows you the free time to have a personal life too!

Watts PL-3022 Push Elbow, 3/8-Inch OD

Allows quick connect connection without cutting small pieces of pipe. 1 piece, no parts to assemble or lose. For copper, CPVC, and PEX (LDPE, MDPE, HDPE) tubing, not for use with steel or in concealed installations. 3/8″ o.d. Tube x 3/8″ o.d. Tube 1 piece, no parts to assemble or lose Quick connect design allows quick & easy connections without the use of installation tools.
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DYMO Permanent High-Performance D1 Self-Adhesive Polyester Tape, 1/2-inch, Black print on White, 18-foot Cartridge (16955)

The powerful adhesive is permanent for when you want a label to stay put indefinitely. Continuous label cassettes let you create sharp, easy-to-read labels of just about any length. Easy-peel dry edges make for fast and simple removal of protective tape backing. Continuous label cassettes let you create sharp, easy-to-read labels of just about any length. Made in Belgium. Use with LabelManager, LabelPoint, LabelWriter DUO and older DYMO label printers.
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Vivitar Bounce Zoom Slave Flash

This Vivitar SF3000 Slave Flash can be used for both direct hot shoe photography (when switched to “Normal Mode”) and remote flash photography (when switched to “Slave On”). This flash also features four slave modes that allow it to work with cameras that fire their built in flash instantaneously or cameras that have a single or multiple flash red eye reduction system. Please check your cameras instruction manual to determine which flash system your camera has.
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