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Photo Q&A

1: Shoot Both JPEG and Raw?

I would like to take some pictures in JPEG and Raw quality. If I do that, can I choose after taking the pictures and view the results to use a processing software? And if I don't use it, can I choose the JPEG quality to print the picture even if I used the JPEG and Raw?
Thanks for your advice!
- Lorena Simon

I would just learn to shoot Raw and leave it at that. If you need to make adjustments to an image, you will not want to make them to the JPEG. I guess the JPEGs could be useful if you were planning on doing quick proof sheets ... but you can do this just as well with a Photoshop action. Others may have creative uses for shooting two files ... but I think it is unnecessary. I like to keep things simple and streamlined. Two of every image leads to complexity.
I hope that helps!

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2: Low-Key Image: How Is It Defined?

I have found differences on how a low-key image is defined. Some talk about not having any white in the image, but others talk about one source lighting where shadows are mainly used to define the subject. Thanks for your help!
- Christian Rosito

When we talk music, C sharp or F major are terms that describe the musical note used to set the mood of the composition. Same is true for a photograph. We often include a black or a white expanse to set the mood of the picture.
Low-key pertains to mood that presents a feeling of a dark atmosphere. We accomplish this by reducing exposure. Another way to accomplish this is by positioning the main light so the subject is seen mainly in shadow. The mood can be achieved if the subject is depicted with a dark background. Sometimes we add a rim (kicker) light to separate subject from background and a hair light to bring out detail that would otherwise be lost.
The fill is mounted at lens height and set 3 f/stops subordinate to the key light to keep the mood. In other words, if a fill is used, it is set just bright enough to supply some detail in the shadows.

- Alan N. Marcus
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3: To Proof or Not to Proof

I am a photographer for a preschool. Each year, I provide proofs (via online passworded gallery) for parents to look at prior to ordering. I was very surprised to find that my daughter's elementary school, as well as most of the elementary schools in the area, do not provide proofs. Package info was sent to parents prior to "photo day", and orders/money needed to be turned in on photo day.
Initially, I thought that non-proofing was bizarre, figuring that, as a parent, I would only order a basic photo package in case my daughter's photo didn't turn out too good. However, I'm now wondering if non-proofing is better, as the only way parents are able to see their child's photo is if they buy at least the small photo package.
Should I continue providing proofs for the preschool photos?
Thanks for your input!
- Celeste McWilliams

Personally, I think that not proofing is providing the parents a dis-service. I certainly wouldn't want to be locked into buying pictures sight unseen. I think you'll do better overall by putting the proofs online and letting the parents pick their favorites and packages from them.
Thinking about this as an issue makes me glad that I don't shoot people in general and kids in particular. LOL

- Jeffrey R. Whitmoyer
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