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"Jelly, how did you celebrate Hetalia Day? :3"


I went as Colonial!America~

I took BART [for the first time.. and alone ;; ] with Lilly :iconsailuxia: [ABM Lithuania] and Erica :iconwindchimez: [FIFA Spain]. I felt like i was the calmest one about us possibly getting lost. .u.;;

As we headed towards Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, we named my little toy soldier Pedro. XD We blamed him for everything. Oh, and every time we passed a bug car, i would punch Erica in the arm. By the end of the day, she said it was possibly bruised. ILY <3

After countless times contemplating where to go, how to get there, and asking for directions, we finally got our foreign and tired asses to the entrance of Golden Gate Park :'D

When i saw the person holding up the "Hetalia Day Gathering" sign, i was planning on staying 'innocent' and not swear.
But come on, who are we kidding? XD
I swore so much when i walked up to her. My legs and back where killing me from all the walking, and i just couldnt hold it in. ;u;
But it was until AFTER she said "we're gonna hike up these HILLS nou :3" was when i lost it. TT u TT
There was so much hiking, HOLY SHIT ASDDGHDGKH

I died by the time we got there. So much exercise, uguuuu ;;

We all started with greetings and hugs, and then the hosts got out attention for our first game ; u ; /
we had to find 8 flags in teams of 10, and whoever gets the most flags wins a prize.
during the scavenger hunt, everyone was tripping and falling everywhere XD and i accidentally pushed Lilly ;; IM SORRY BBY, ILY <3
by the time all the 8 flags where collected, all four teams each got 2 flags. XD
and i suggested that we should see what crack pairings we got with our flags. our team got AmericaxChina XD
and we wrapped it up with a trivia, which our teams failed at, so we didnt get any prizes ;u; //sob

after a couple of photoshoots, Gangnam style, and eating, we figured out that the hill and tables we where hanging out on where "reserved". but we moved politely~
we thought we found out another spot, but it was also "reserved" TT u TT so we moved to some isolated area under some trees~

we hung out and ate and stuff~ ; u ;

we had a mini fanart/fanfic contest with a 20 minute time limit, and i entered in it~
i drew this:
hetalia day SF BONUS by CaptainJellyroll
...i didnt win. ;u;
guess the judges didnt like me drawing bleeding lil' america xD;; <333

than we had the photoshoot..
...oh, dat photoshoot... ;u;

i'll explain it with a picture montage:

Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day: Spains, Romanos, and Italys by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day: Europeans! by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Asians! by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: North America! by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: RUSSIA!! by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17HetaOni 2 by Bai-sama
Hetaoni 2 by pinaki93Hetalia Day: Hetaoni by SaloCaalise
HetaOni 1 by Bai-sama
... aaand, other Hetaoni feels ; u ; /
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day: Steve wants a hug? by SaloCaalise
aaand, finally:
Hetalia Day: That is so wrong. by SaloCaalise
..well, okthen
Hetalia Day: Japan and China by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: Japan, Greece, and a Wild Taiwan? by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: So many Spains! by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: RussiaxCanada by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Most of the Soviet Family by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: Lithuania, Hungary, Prussia,  Poland by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: The Axis by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: The Incomplete Allies by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Axis vs Allies by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: China Snapped by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Lithuania and Poland by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17
Hetalia Day: England and Chibimerica by SaloCaalisehetalia day SF 02 by CaptainJellyroll
Hetalia Day San Francisco 2012 by truthoftsuzuki17Hetalia Day: Revenge by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: Tables have Turned by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: SpainxEngland by SaloCaalise
Hetalia Day: SpainxRomano by SaloCaaliseHetalia Day: Rochu by SaloCaalise

we than did some TWISTER~~
but i currently cannot find those videos so i cant link to it atm ;u;/

we all said our goodbyes, and it was all so heartbreaking </333
shout out to :iconmrsomeuser: for being so awesome ; U ; because she IS.
the Russia :icontruthoftsuzuki17: and China :iconsalocaalise: tagged along because we didnt wanna say goodbye ;u;/

we had a dramatic goodbye at the train station, and it was so friggen depressin omg i cant </333

overall, it was one of the most amazing days of my life and i cant even aaaaaaaa <333
we created a family and its just so aaaaaaa~
thank you :iconbai-sama::iconeight--bit: and all you other hosts for creating this event~ <3

this gathering has made me so happy again.
it got me to take that one first step to healing. <3

hetalia, i thank you again for showing me my happiness :heart::heart::heart:
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I post stuff here, on fetlife, and on tumblr. Well, I used to - now I hardly do at all.

Not because of copyright. I understand that when you post something on the internet, you're posting it for everyone to look at, and it's going to get shared around. But the comped-up piece of shit you see above (minus my commentary) is all over the internet - it's far more widely distributed than my original version. Back when I used to read my messages here and on Fetlife, I had 12-20 messages per day about stuff like this. Mostly it was people trying to be helpful and telling me "HEY! Look over here, there's another person who smeared shit all over your art!"  And it used to take me an hour every morning to cut and paste URLs into DMCA requests to get this kind of crap taken down.

Welcome to the Internet - 1 by mjranum

But that's really only the tip of the emotional iceberg for me. About 1 in 10 times that I post a DMCA I'd get a message from the person who had posted it. So not only would my inbox be filled with woe from all the copyright violations, I'd get a breakdown approximately as follows:
10% You #*!@&^!ing @#*&!@! I hope your !&*!&^# falls off and you die of cancer!!!
30% By posting an image on the internet it's in the public domain (followed by 3 pages of complete wrongness about copyright)
30% You can't make me stop! Nyaa nyaa nyaa fuck you nyaa nyaa!
20% A lecture about how mean and rude I am
5% A genuine apology
5% Well, I like it anyway, so in spite of your having complained to me and explained why you don't like it, is it OK if I keep it up? (completely clueless in other words)

Understand, as I do, that that's a small percentage of a small percentage of all the people who share my images around. But with the size of the population on the internet, it's a large number in total. On a site like Fetlife, that equates to about 100 threatening or angry emails a year. Yeah, it really makes me feel appreciated.

I set that against the times when someone comes up to me at a conference and says "dude, I love your photography!" or I get an email from someone asking please please please for a high resolution version of the file because they want to make a big print of it and frame it for their sweetie. Or, the occasional emails where someone thanks me for my stock photography helping them get a cover gig for their first book cover. Those are great. I love those moments. But they sure as hell aren't as often as the angry, petulant, bratty, or downright snotty lectures I get from ignoramuses who want to hide behind their personal interpretation of copyright law (which, by the way, is universally wrong) or who are incapable of saying "I'm sorry."

Welcome to the Internet - 2 by mjranum

Let me tell you a true story: one of the better online friends I made on Deviantart is someone I got to know because they ripped off one of my artworks and photoshopped on it (brilliantly) to turn it into a photocomposite. I told them they couldn't do that, and they said they loved my stuff, and I suggested they use a different image - here - ... and we were off to the races. We've been swapping ideas and I've been shooting custom stock for them ever since; It's a positive and nurturing creative collaboration.

You see, I'm not some ogre. I want to get my art on just like you. But I am increasingly feeling backed into a corner. I got into doing the wet plates because a) it's cool  b) I get to work with nasty dangerous stuff  c) it looks awesome   d) you cannot duplicate a plate; it's a unique artwork. I started doing wet plates in order to protect myself emotionally and to protect my art. Oh, want to know how that turned out? Some cheese-brain was taking the scans I post of my wet plates and removing my art from them, so he could use the edges in his images because, yeah, they look cool!! He. Threw. My. Art. Away. Because. The. Only. Part. That. Was. Useable. Was. The. Edges. I almost offered him a wet plate so I could get his address and go talk to him about it face to face.

These are the emotional trade-offs I'm up against. I've finally had to confront the fact that if I want to keep posting stuff on the internet, I'm going to have to utterly concede to the faceless horde out there. I will have to either stop altogether or give it all away. Not just give it away technically, give it away emotionally. And that's the problem: if I don't care, it's not going to be any good.

Submission - 1 by mjranum

If I didn't give a shit how my photography looked, I wouldn't give a shit about someone photoshopping their bad high school poetry over top of it. I wouldn't argue with them. I'd just have to lie there and take it, and I know that eventually it's going to mean creative death for me. Perhaps where I am headed is toward making photos just for myself, and not sharing them with anyone. That's sort of where I am, already. I have boxes and boxes of wet plates on a shelf over at my studio. There, they sit. I have tens of thousands of digital images on my hard drive(s). There, they sit. I am frozen at the perfect apex between anger, disgust, and the desire to quit.
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  • Listening to: My computer fan
  • Watching: my laptop
  • Playing: at being human
  • Eating: as little as possible
  • Drinking: tea
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  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Myself screaming 'OH MY GOD THERE'S A NEW EPISODE'
Right! I found out that the new Bobisode is coming out in season 24 (starting in September!!!) and that it's going to be called 'Bob Ultra Highly Toxic Revenge'!!!!! OMB OMB OMB! I'm so excited!!!! I hope that it's true!!!!! I had my suspicions but now I'm almost completely convinced!!!!!!!! OMB OMB OMB OMB OMB OMB! I'M SO HAPPY! I LITERALLY WAS JUMPING AROUND THE BEDROOM A MOMENT AGO! SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON'T CARE THAT IT'S MONTHS AWAY! I'M JUST SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT IT'S COMING OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
I NEED TO SEE IT:iconyayzplz:!!!!!!!
WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE ABOUT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Apart from Revenge what's it going to be about?!?!?
Are any of the other Terwilligers in it!?!?!?
Calming down slightly, but still HAPPY!
WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Sorry if I'm a little crazy, I'M JUST HAPPY!!!!!! OMB OMB OMB OMB!!!!!
Looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Tim Burton film releases.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Projected Release Date: June 22, 2012 (USA)
Trailer: youtube link
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based off the novel of the same name, written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Quite simply the description of the movie is clearly explained in the title. The protagonist is Abraham Lincoln and he is out to kill all vampires.

Dark Shadows
Projected Release Date: May 11, 2012 (USA)
Trailer: youtube link
Dark Shadows is a retelling of the Dark Shadows (TV series) that ran from 1966-1971. The movie centers around Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who was turned into a vampire by a witch and buried alive. After he is unearthed 200 years later he finds himself in 1972. His home, Collinwood Manor, is inhabited by his descendants and Barnabas has to learn to live in this new time with his dysfunctional relatives, who have dark secrets of their own and may just need his protecting.

Projected Release Date: October 5, 2012 (USA)
Trailer: youtube link
Frankenweenie was originally a short that Tim Burton released back in 1984. It can be found on The Nightmare Before Christmas DVD, and on youtube. For those of you who are interested I would definitely recommend watching the short. The story is about a young boy, Victor, and his dog Sparky. When Sparky is hit by a car the devastated Victor has the brilliant idea to bring him back to life, Frankenstein style. The new film version is going to remain in black and white, but will be done in claymation (the original was live action).

Hope these descriptions prove accurate and are helpful to everyone. Who else is as excited about these movies as I am?
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I thought that it would be useful to have the lyrics from some of the songs from Ruby Gloom written down so here are the ones that I have so far.


So today we're gonna, :icontransparentplz: *
Take the time to show ya,
The B-B-Bright side of the dark side.
Oh we think you oughta,
No you really gotta,
See the B-B-Bright side of the dark side.

(Ruby Gloom - Ruby Gloom)

We're gonna show you why,
There's more than meets the eye,
The B-B-Bright side of the dark side.
Oh we think you oughta,
No you really gotta,
See the B-B-Bright side of the dark side.

(Ruby Gloom- Ruby Gloom -- Ruby Gloom - Ruby Gloom)
*An alternate version repeats the first verse three times.

Alternate Theme :icontransparentplz:


In our town*
She's the happiest around
no darkness will get her down
and they call her Ruby Gloom


Ruby, Ruby Gloom


Ruby, Ruby gloom

Don't be a poltergeist*
Everything will be alright
sit down in her room
and come and visit Ruby Gloom

*Unsure of the correct lyrics to these lines

Train Wreck:icontransparentplz:

Is your ship sinking?:icontransparentplz:
Did you know that's arsenic you're drinking?
Are you buried in ice caps? Did that bridge you're on collapse?
Did that place you're in explode?
Oh that's why we're singing this ode.*

And oh what the heck.
Throw in a Train Wreck.
Oh what the heck.
Throw in a Train Wreck.
*This line is removed in some versions

What's the big deal?:icontransparentplz:

What's the big deal?:icontransparentplz:
What's all the Biz'?
Life could be worse then it usually is.

Hold your head high,
So life can look you in the eye.
What's the big deal?
Don't count scars.
Things could be worse then they usually are.

When you're feeling crummy,
Like you could use a little sugar or honey.
What's the big deal?
Don't count scars.
Things could be worse then they usually are.

When you need a break,
No time to think about your mistakes.
What's the big deal?
What's all the Biz'?
Life could be worse then it usually is.


The Family

You may feel quite alone
Buy hear this simple tone
We take care of our own!
It's called a family.

Let me give you a piece of advice
No need to look over your shoulder twice
We got your back see, we're nice!
It's called a family.

Are you listening to the score?
Ruby and them, who could ask for more?
I never knew it before!
It's called a family.
It's called my family.
It's called my family.

It's called the family.

You may feel quite alone
Bit hear this simple tone
We take care of our own!
It's called the family.

It's more than okay
To be part of this frey
From this group I'll never stray.
It's called the family.
It's called the family.
It's called the family.
It's called the family.
It's called the family.
It's called the fan- I mean the family.
It's called the family.
The family.


Where you Goin' / Who am I?

I'm on my way!
Yeah we're gonna get there!
Wish I could stay
But I gotta be somewhere.
(Hey Frank, can I come too?)

Where you goin'?
We gotta get there soon!
Where you goin'?
Gotta oh before the monsoon!
(Oh that Misery!)

Goin' here
Goin' there
Got to get to my eclair.
(That's Poe for ya!)

Goin' here
Goin' there
And the travel makes me beware!
(Good old Scaredy! He sure knows who he is.)

If you know who you are
You'll figure out your rising star.

If you know where you've been
You'll go to places with a grin.

Where you goin'?
Where you goin'?
This goodbye is getting drawn(?)
Goin' once, goin' twice
Going, going, gone!

Where'm I goin'?
I'm not knowin'.
Where've I been?
Good question.
Nothing feels right
I can't even find my light.

Who am I?
So blue am I.
Who am I?
With no clue am I.

Am I a Smith or a Jones?
I don't feel it in my bones.
If only it were clear
It would be easier to cheer.

Oh, who am I?
Misconstrued am I.
All askewed am I.
Poo-pooed am I.
I feel like a dog that's gone astray.
Someone please tell me my D.N.A.!

Who am I?
In a stew am I.
Worn through am I.
Really unglued am I.

Where you goin', I'm not knowing.
Where you goin', I'm not knowing.
Where you goin', I'm not knowing.
Where you goin', I'm not knowing!

Where you goin I'm not knowing.


Bright Side


You just have to...
Look on the bright side!

Thanks, but right now, the bright side is more of a barely enough light side.

(Alright then!)

Look on the just barely enough light side,
That's the right side to see.

(Hmm, I don't get it...)

And if you don't get it,
forget it don't sweat it.

(but the thing is Ruby...)

Or fret it!
There's never enough cause to worry.


You just gotta remember you can open lot's of doors
even closed one don't ignore.

(Uh Ruby, Ruby!?)
When you're skipping in the glade
time to make some lemonade.
You just gotta embrace each day.


That's right, and shout out a big hey!

Skullboy what else can I say?
Things shouldn't like work when they're play,
To the fullest live your life every day...
I guess I've just run out of cliche's.

(That's okay Ruby, I think I get it now.)

So in conclusion
In case there is confusion
In this little ditty of (try?)
To show that life's a fun run
When you look on the bright or the barely enough light side!!!


Look on the bright side!

Thanks Ruby, but right now, it's more of a barely enough light side.
There's a barely enough light side?

Look on the bright side!

But what if it hurts your eyes?

If you look long enough,
The View wont be so Rough!
When I'm scared and I feel like whining?
Know there's always a silver lining!

When my bummed-out-ness starts growing?
When the going gets bummed
The bummed out get going!

So I guess you're saying
This musical aside

That we really must try

To make sure we always have a fun run!

(That's it, you're getting it!)

Look on the bright or the barely enough light side!
By side!
By side!
By side!!!!


Dark and Dawn :icontransparentplz:

Sometimes it's not easy
being the Happiest Girl

Well maybe I'll take over
maybe I could give it a whirl

Don't worry Misery
that's just not you that's for me

I wish I could help out
I Wish I could bounce with glee

Well I don't mind I cheer friends up

And I don't mind being in this rut

I'm the dark!

I'm the dawn!

After all it's in our job description.

So I'll go on being cheerful

And I'll be all tearful

When things go wrong
I know I'm the buffer

And I'm okay
to just sit and suffer

I'm the dark!

I'm the dawn!

After all it's in our job description.


That's all I have for now. More coming soon.
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As many of you followers have been seeing has been a rag-tag collection of sketches and frenetic colorings, but what haven't been treated to is the story behind the Simpson family, 24 years beyond the current, for the first time, this is what goes on in this worldly spinoff that connects all this "art" together.

First and foremost, the tone of this spin off is NOTHING like the past 20 seasons of the Simpsons--if the tone was to be compared to the  current show, the tone would feel like something out of the first two seasons: A bit brooding, gritty and semi-realistic.  (Now, if you're thinking those are the worst two seasons because they're the most boring, please quit reading right now.)  In 'Simpsons Evolution', the tone of the series isn't based on random, attempted gags, contrived guest stars or Homer being hurt over and over.  Here, the tone is a dark w/cynical humor that's based on the characters and how they relate to the world and each other.  Other touches would include real world products and names with no lame "M" named parodies (ie "Mapple), too, and the utmost departure from the current Simpsons is "Simpsons Evolution" would run for 5 seasons, with every episode connected via hour long episode in a serialized story line for a total of 60 hour long episodes.


In the "Simpsons Evolution", the four siblings Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Eric, are now all grown adults. Each sibling's life is unique and to varying degrees, relatable.

BART: (age 34)  At the start of the series, Bart is a down-trodden assistant at KBXL media, the hub of radio and television broadcasting in Springfield.  He's a glorified assistant director of programming (aka errand boy) who is a bootlick to his asshole boss, Carter, who is the 21yr old nephew to the owner.  Bart's home life is not much better.  His wife over over 11 years, Gina Vendeitti Simpson, has little respect for him and Bart's 3 kids are starting to loose confidence in him as a father.  By the end of the first season, Bart is on a camping trip with the office staff on a 'team building' exercise when in the darkness, Bart collides with his boss, Carter, who is urinating off a cliff, and knocks him over the edge.  Bart manages to grab his hand and as he's pulling Carter up, he bitches Bart out and tell him he's fired and that causes Bart to let go and he covers up his deed and is promoted to Director of Programming at the start of Season 2 where he learns of the inner workings and what illegal activities go on at KBXL.

LISA: (age 32) The quiet, introverted intellectual child has weathered the most hardship growing up.  Constantly teased for being a nerd and not having much luck with guys, Lisa develops a cold detachment to the world and shuts out what she can with her love of music and occasional acting in plays.  Using her looks, she manages to manipulate men into getting what she wants, just short of making things sexual and when Lisa has to, she can manipulate both genders and inject drama into any situation.  Beneath her pretty smile, Lisa has taught herself that if you want something bad enough, there's not 'wrong' way to obtain it.  In Season 1, Lisa was coming out of a bad relationship and by the start of Season 2, she has her eye set on a man from her past--Maggie's husband, Milhouse.

MAGGIE: (age 25) The younger of the Simpsons sisters, Maggie is--by far--the happiest of the two.  Celebrating 5 years with Milhouse, she has a son, Aaron, and is the co-host of a Springfield fitness show called "The FitHOUSE!".  Very attuned to her health, both her and Milhouse are also well known in fitness circles and are working their way towards becoming wealthy.  At the start of the series, "FitHOUSE!" is just a local TV program, but at the start of Season 2, Milhouse wants to leave for New York City for their "big break", but Maggie wants to stay in Springfield close to her family and she's not happy with raising their son in the Big Apple.

ERIC: (age 22)  The youngest and most hopeful of the siblings, Eric's dreams of becoming a model are inching closer and closer.  Married to his childhood sweeheart, Felecia, who is also his manager, the duo try to find work to get recognition.  All is well until Felecia breaks the news to Eric that her dream is to be a mom and start a family ASAP, but the lack of steady work (and money) is putting a strain of their relationship.  Not only is money the problem, Feleica is wondering why she hasn't become pregnant yet with her constant 'snuggling' w/Eric and she begins to wonder if Eric might be as "Sterile" as his father.  By the start of Season 2, Eric's experience 'modest' success as a model for menswear in a JC Penny catalog while Felecia is developing agoraphobia from the stress of trying to manage Eric and the constant dealing with crowds of other model wannabe's at fashion shoots.

Crazy ideas, eh?

My inspirations for the tone of the above ideas come from shows like Breaking Bad, House and Always sunny in Philadelphia and the humor wouldn't devolve into silliness.  There would be swearing, violence, and sometimes the feeling of something sinister lurking beneath the veneer of this black comedy.   But above all, it's not a family show, it's show about how much the world can push a family.  

So, forget the "Homer Gets a job!", "Homer and Marge arguing for the 345th time" and "Bart trying to find a Girlfriend #44."  This is the Simpsons reborn into something that people could care about...again.

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Back to Basics Photography - Understanding Raw

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 28, 2013, 3:38 PM
dSLR cameras and most bridge cameras have the option to shoot in raw, but what exactly is it and what are the benefits? Let me attempt to explain.

A camera raw file contains all the data that is captured when the shutter button is pressed whereas a JPEG is compressed and a lot of the data is lost. They are often called digital negatives as they serve the same purpose as the negatives in film photography; they are not ready to be used as the final image, but hold all the information and data needed to produce one. This all means that you are left with a higher image quality which also allows you to have more control and manipulate more parameters than a JPEG. All of the metadata is also still in tact, meaning that the original state can always be referred back to if needed.

So, surely you want to see the difference, right? Well you're in luck. 

Beforeafterbasicraw by ScENeYmE
Top - straight out of camera (SOOC) raw. Bottom - basic adjustments done in LightRoom raw.

This can either then be exported or saved as a JPEG for uploading to deviantART/Facebook/wherever. If you want to edit it further, you can open the raw file in Photoshop which is what I did with the image below.

IMG 8732-Edit by ScENeYmE

As you can see, the image has been edited and brightened tremendously without losing quality. This is because a JPEG records only 256 levels of brightness, while a raw file records 4,096 to 16,384 levels. This is what is known as a "bit". JPEG captures in 8bit, while raw captures in 12 or 14bit. Those extra bits allow for more control over the adjustments - brightness, shadows, recovery, fill light, exposure, etc.
Beforeafterjpegraw by ScENeYmE
The shot above was saved as a JPEG, therefore, some of the data was lost during the compression stage. The file was then opened as a camera raw in Photoshop (File > Open As > Camera Raw > Select File > Open). This allows for a little control over the basic adjustments, but it isn't as easy as when working with the true raw file. It was then opened fully in Photoshop and edited in exactly the same way as the image before. As you may notice, the brightness is a little reduced and the colours are not nearly as rich as before.

Beforeafterjpeg by ScENeYmE
This final one was saved as a JPEG and opened up straight away in Photoshop without first opening as a raw file or any basic adjustments. It was then edited in exactly the same way as the previous two. You will notice that the brightness has been significantly reduced and the colours are bland. The eyes do not pop and the whole thing is just a little too dark. Sure, you could brighten it a little, but the difference between this and the previous ones is remarkable.

Other Benefits

  • Easily correct under or overexposed images - if you only have one brief moment to get the shot right, but your camera settings aren't right, the image may come out too bright or too dark. With a JPEG file, it may be a little difficult to recover some of the detail in these areas. However, by shooting in raw, you will have all the data available to be able to recover the data for the under/overexposed areas easily.
  • Never lose the original state - no matter what you do to the original raw file in LightRoom or Photoshop, you will always be able to revert back as the file will always hold all the original information and data. Handy for if you ever need to refer back to it for some reason!
  • Easily adjust the white balance - when you take a photo, the white balance is applied to it, either from the white balance setting you chose or from the auto white balance setting. When shooting in raw, the white balance is still applied, but because you have a lot more data and levels, it is more easily adjusted after the fact.

Now, I'm not saying that converting to shooting in raw is going to be easy, but most cameras have a JPEG & raw setting where it will save both file types. I suggest trying this mode out while you first start out; yes it will take up more space, but if you master shooting in raw, it will open up so much more when it comes to your photography. You will also need an editing program that can handle raw files such as Photoshop or LightRoom - I tend to open and do basic adjustments in LightRoom before editing in more depth using Photoshop. Whatever you choose to do, I'd love to see some results! Get out there and try it, what do you have to lose?

Raw Features

First Night Shot - V2 by chekspir
Raw to the Core by ronheroNorway... old shot _2 by my-shots
Cotton Candy by vxside
Path to Hell by lonewolf565street shot _ no. 10 by EYELIGHTZONE
Summer Wonderland 2 by doruoprisan
Melon High by BlackScarletLoveDecorus by eyedesign

Do you have any questions about photography? Is there something in particular you'd like to know about? Drop me a note and I'll make it into a new article which will hopefully answer any questions you have!

[Tutorial] How to make good Dolan comics

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 14, 2013, 5:18 PM
wait, can these even be good ?



Today, Macho Man (previously known as "Major Man" alias "maj men") will teach you how to make a good Dolan comic !



You ready bitches ? LET'S GET STARTED !
-First of all, choose a language for your comic : Dolan comics can be both in English, in finnish, in French, even in Spanish if you wish. ( BUT ITS NOT LIKE IT'D CHANGE ANYTHING ANYWAY. )
-If you're willing to make a video or a flash out of it : You'll need a good voice to speech to make your story interesting to watch ! No no no, even if you have a microphone, don't try to voice act. A text to speech will do a way better job, believe me (you find this illogical ? :iconspockplz: IT IZ LOGICL. I told you to forget what you have learned ! ) . Moreover, each voice will fit a language better, obviously. If you're willing to make it in English, then use finnish/german/French text to speech. If you want it to be French, use an English voice to speech. YES, IT'S LOGICAL. PROBLEM ?
-Now, onto the characters. First, pick one (let's take Homer Simpson as an example) , and try to draw him using your left hand : with your eyes closed, your right hand in your pants and your mind overflowed by dirty ideas while listening to "Never gonna give you up" by Rick Astley.
POOF : a mighty :iconhumrsemsoneplz: appears.
Read these advices and ...
1 - Do not brainstorm. Greatest ideas come from your ass.
2 - Starting point ? Make it start wherever you want.
3 - Art style ? Dude, your style is already UNIQUE !
4 - Try to write the title with your feet. For example, if you want it to be named "Wall Mart : A dark story", it'll go like "weel maeurt : a drak steraui" .
5 - Layouts ? Who cares.
... You got it :trollface:
- THE TEXT. AAAH... The text. How to type dialogs properly ?
Three ways :
-Smash your keyboard while drinking coffee
-Write with your feet again
-Write like you're chatting with your girlfriend on Windows Live Messenger (:DDDDDDDDDDDD <3333333333333333333333333333333333 LOLOL FU FU XD XD XD XD XD)
-Do all of the above.
But don't worry if people have troubles pronouncing your script, the text to speech will help ! (or not)
Forget grammar, common sense, and modesty.
WARNING : This may harm your spelling. Do it at your own risk ! English almost died because of Dolan.
-At last ... The scenario.
AAH, the scenario. You'll need to ask your 4 years old sister for help. She'll find the perfect plot for your story. If you don't have one, then a 35 years old psycho jailed for life would do the job !
Forget ethics, ethics r for fegits.
Forget the definition of "coherence" , dis is for fegits as well.  
Understand that Hitler shits lots of rainbows.
Become a zoophile.
HERE YOU GO FAGITS ! Have fun making Dolan comics !

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