Back Porch Summer Decorating

Raise your hand if you have ever taken pictures in RAW before.

I usually take all my pictures in jpeg, but I’ve been working on some photos for magazines and RAW just works better.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about and you want to learn more about RAW v. jpeg, here’s a great beginning tutorial that explains more about it.

I just started.

The pictures from the post yesterday for the room for FrogTape were all taken in RAW.

It’s a steep learning curve and I’m a little overwhelmed and if you have any tips or can share what you edit your photos with can we please be friends?

I’m going to get it. I promise. It just might take me a little time. 🙂



I am so making this serving board.

It’s simple and easy and I love those handles.

DIY found here.


Love this girl’s house tour.

But more importantly?

Her heart is even sweeter.

See the entire house tour here.


Love this simple DIY project.

I’ve seen these for $$ in catalogs before.

Here you can make them for $.


I laughed out loud when I read this post because I could have written it.


So true.

Just paint it already girl. 🙂

And now in random news this week:

Best kitchen tip ever.

Great tips for picking white paint.

I’m going to be sure and watch on Monday.

You know you are southern when.

How to build your Instagram brand.

My most pinned pin of the week.

And on honor of the Oscar’s on Sunday night, here’s a preview.


And one more for the road.

You know how much I like red lipstick.

But I gave this table a blue lipstick makeover.

You can see the DIY here.

Happy Random Saturday to you. 🙂

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  1. Image for Mary Sosa Mary Sosa

    My husband is a landscape photographer and takes a lot of pics using RAW (I was going to say 'in RAW', but it sounded funny...giggle) Anyho, I love the can totally see a difference in the clarity of the shots! The only thing I don't like is RAW pics take up soOo much memory.

  2. Image for Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne @ I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    HI KariAnne, I had to laugh...when I read your first line... I thought it said, "Have you ever taken pictures 'IN" the RAW... and I laughed to myself and said, "No" but I have done a post called, "Do you iron in the nude?" :o) I'll have to read your link on taking Raw photo's. Thanks for my first laugh of the day! Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well friend, I'm with you. I've been shooting RAW for a long time. Have I been using it?? Nope. I've been using PicMonkey. For the past few months I've been studying LR and I'm determined to master LR and PS. I've got about four different video instructors I'm going through and slowly but surely the information is sinking into my noggin and sticking. Whew!! Got to get back to studying. BTW I thought your pictures yesterday were great!!

  4. Image for Taste of France Taste of France

    This is the second RAW post I've seen in two days. Something must be up. I love your tablecloth. The serving board is nice, but I like things that have a lip around the edge so that when I inevitably tilt, everything doesn't slide off and crash to the floor.

  5. Image for Kelly Kelly

    Took me a while to make the switch and now I will never, ever go back to JPEG. What sold me was when I first tried RAW out I set my camera to shoot in both RAW and JPEG. I took some really dark photos at night that I was able to brighten up and see so much more with the RAW file than the JPEG. I do 95% of all my editing in Lightroom. Did you know that in LR you can go down to the camera calibration panel and hit the profile tab and it will give you a choice of 8 camera settings that aren't available to you unless you shoot in RAW? You can choose things like camera portrait, camera vivid, or camera landscape, etc. It's amazing what choosing that one button will do for your photos. Just one more reason to make the switch! Although, I will have to say that you take some amazing photos already. Got it goin on with the styling there, girl! One more thing- you mentioned red lipstick. What shade/brand do you wear? On the hunt for the perfect one and can't seem to find it. Any tips would be appreciated.

  6. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Shooting RAW is definitely the way to go! You get more detail in your images and you have full control over editing. I personally use Light Room and I love it. I use it through Adobe Cloud, which is like $6 a month - you'll get both Light Room and Photoshop with that package and never have to worry about your Light Room being out of date. The ONLY downside to shooting RAW is the file size - they are huge and will eat up your computer space. So make sure to delete all your unwanted photos. And once you are happy with your finished edited photo, export it as a JPEG and delete the original file.

  7. Image for Heather Heather

    You have SO MANY more editing options when you shoot in RAW and in my opinion Lightroom is the best program to use for editing. Since switching to both I have never looked back.

  8. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    I learned to use my camera in RAW. I didn't even realize I could change it until I took a beginning photography class. However, I like the options I have in editing so I still shoot in RAW. I still have so much to learn about setting up a shot, etc. but I'm enjoying the process (most of the time!) ha. And then I use Photoshop Elements to edit. It's all I need. Have fun!

  9. Image for Cindy Barganier Cindy Barganier

    I have no earthly idea what y'all are even referring to. I didn't even know my camera was "set to shoot jpeg". How do I change it to a RAW setting? All I know is that the magazines all seem to use lightroom and many of the photographers edit as they shoot to assure that they go home with the perfect shot. It is fascinating to watch them. I also love that they stay connected to the laptop and actually click the shutter from the computer and see the image for the first time on the big screen. They have their page templates already loaded and can manipulate dozens of options simultaneously. Could we not do the same for the page window of our blog? Go ahead Carrie. You get this baby all figured out. We are waiting with baited breath. Me think it's above my pay scale. Probably because I don't own any red lipstick.

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