4 on 4 | Before and After Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month.  Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle!

Photographers in Minneapolis

When I first started out in photography the most often heard advice was "Learn to shoot in manual mode" and "Always shoot in RAW format".  So the first time I picked up a DSLR I made sure to follow both of these guidelines.

And let me tell you...it's proven to indeed be the best advice I've gotten.

Yesterday I took my boys for a walk around our new neighborhood and brought along my 28-85mm lens for the trip.  I'm so used to shooting at 50+mm and am trying to incorporate more wide shots into my repertoire.  When we stepped into the elevator and I bribed my son for a shot of him in his Donatello mask (he's pretty anti-camera right now).  After I got the shot I checked the back of my camera and winced.  My camera was still set up for outdoor shooting and he wasn't about to let me take another one.

But thankfully I was able to recover the image in Lightroom and crop in tighter to disguise the fact that my eldest was picking his nose in the background (#boymomprobs).

Flash forward about a half hour to where they took off with their pinwheels, darting in and out of the shade.  For the most part I kept up with them but this one I didn't quite make it.

St Paul Photographer

RAW to the rescue!!

There have definitely been times when even RAW was unable to save a shot.  Blown highlights are a lot harder to recover than underexposure.  But believe me when I say that there have been a ton of times where it has saved my butt (especially when shooting for a client!).  

Be sure to visit Kalen DeRoo of Kalen DeRoo Photography to follow the circle!


  1. RAW has saved me too!!! nice shots!

  2. Found it! ☺ I'm so glad I shot in RAW and manual! Best thing I have ever learned in photography!