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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

For the love of imagery: See beyond the raw file


| Written by Ronnie |

Friends, here's a question for you on this cold winter's day.

When you click on the shutter of your camera and glance at the preview on your LCD screen, what generally goes through your head? 

Do you usually like what you see? Or do you, like me, often struggle with disappointment? 

How many of you, whether consciously or unconsciously, compare what you see on your LCD preview screen to what you see out there on the internet?

I know from personal experience that the discrepancy between what we want to capture and what we do capture on camera can be rather crippling. So much so that it can discourage us from picking up our camera altogether. When our photos don't measure up to our expectations, we're only one small step away from concluding - "What's the point?"

One lesson that I've learnt in the last year is that I need to see beyond the RAW file when it comes to creating imagery.

Creating imagery is a process, after all. It does not stop with the click of the shutter. 

What you see on your LCD screen is not your finished product. While your preview may not be 'picture perfect,' you image still has potential. You can brighten, darken, straighten, crop, convert to monochrome, or even apply a filter or preset.

Nowadays when I shoot, I don't just 'see' the image that appears on my LCD preview screen. I see beyond it. I see what the images can be, whether it's with a touch of contrast, a slight crop, or a small (or large) adjustment in exposure.

So, friends, stop comparing what you see on Pinterest to what you see on your camera screen.

Re-calibrate your expectations.

Remember the image editing process.

Embrace the potential of your images.

See beyond the RAW file.

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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