I took the featured free RAW photo 10 years ago during my trip to California on the Stanford University campus. It was morning hours, and the campus was completely empty. My goal was to achieve a symmetrical architectural composition.
I used my old Canon 60D camera with the Sigma 17-70mm lens.
- Camera: Canon 60D
- Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1/400s
- ISO: 250
- Focal length: 17mm
The featured free RAW photo reminded me of the main reason I switched from Canon to Sony.
Let me explain.
The Canon APS-C sensors had a very small dynamic range and not very good low light performance. The combination of shortcomings made taking the photos challenging.
To not “clip” the highlights, I needed to underexpose the images or bracket pretty much all the shots. And after I recovered the underexposed shadows, the photos were full of digital noise due to the camera’s poor low light capabilities.
If you look at the Stanford campus photo, you can see that it is not very contrasted; the sky is covered with thick clouds, and the shadows in the middleground are no too dark. But when you load the image to Lightroom, you can see that both the highlights and the shadows are slightly clipped.
After switching to Sony, I realized that the dynamic range of Sony APS-C sensors is larger by a couple of stops, and it was much easier to cover the scene’s entire range of light with only one shot.
It will be a challenging exercise to edit the featured free RAW image.
Good luck with editing.
My RAW Editing Version
To make sure my composition is symmetrical, I had to change the aspect ratio from the original 3:2 to 4:3.
The last touch was to make the dull, gloomy sky more appealing.
What About Copyright?
All free raw images I share, I took myself, and they belong to me. They are not sourced from the public. But they are still copyrighted.
You are free to edit my RAW photos. And if you want to share them on your blog or social media, go for it; all I am asking is to credit me with the link to my site. And you can not use them commercially.