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Monday, April 28, 2008

DPP Solutions: A Look At DNG

The DNG format was supposed to be the future, an open standard for RAW files that every manufacturer could use. Here's a look at how the revolution has panned out.

DPP Solutions: A Look At DNGOn September 27, 2004, Adobe announced the Digital Negative Specification (DNG), a file format that was supposed to unify the cluttered atmosphere of proprietary RAW file formats by offering a non-proprietary template that would act as a universal raw file. The DNG format was released, free from any legal restrictions or royalties as an open-source file for hardware and software designers to generate, process, manage and archive RAW images for any program, from any camera, and easily accessible as an archive at any time in the future. Almost four years later, DNG hasn't found the ubiquitous acceptance the industry had called for, but there's growing hope for the future.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Hi-Tech Studio: Professional Black-And-White Printers

Amid the many options for black-and-white printers, there are a few models that pick up where film left off, providing superior black-and-white prints reminiscent of the days in the darkroom

Hi-Tech Studio: Professional Black-And-White Printers

Black-and-white printing has been in a state of flux from the days of film to the early stages of digital inkjet printing. The problem with film was that color photos were the most difficult to reproduce in the darkroom due to the difficult silver-halide workflow. Today the paradigm has shifted, making black-and-white printing one of the most difficult areas to master in a now digital world.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Fast Lenses On Sub-Full-Frame Sensors

Quick, inexpensive and light, sub-full-frame lenses aren't just for the amateur market anymore

Fast Lenses On Sub-Full-Frame Sensors

While full-frame D-SLRs offer the highest in professional quality, often what really matters is pure, unadulterated speed. In the realm of full-frame vs. sub-full-frame lenses, fast, compact and superb image quality is the precedence from which lenses are judged. But when pro levels of speed and quality are avail-able at sub-full-frame costs, it might be time to take a look at the offerings.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

DPP Solutions: Tripod Tech

Modern tripods represent extensive research and development in materials and stability technology

DPP Solutions: Tripod Tech

There are several types of locking mechanisms for tripod legs. Twist-lock collars offer quick operation and won't snag on things as you carry the tripod. Locking knobs are straightforward. Quick levers are easy to use and generally easy to adjust for tension. Try different locking mechanisms at your camera store and see which work best for you.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Turbo'd Image Sensors

At the heart of it all, the tiniest technology makes every picture possible

Turbo'd Image Sensors

Though image-sensor technology has been well used for years now—after all, the digital revolution is old news—it hasn't been well understood. Today's image sensors are more sophisticated and powerful than any that have come before. The current generation of turbocharged sensors is at the heart of the modern, sophisticated D-SLR. As with any photographic process, though, a complete understanding of how the tools work can lead to better results, both when purchasing a camera and when using one.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Hi-Tech Studio: High-End Rental Studios

When you don't own your own studio, a high-end rental studio is your solution

Hi-Tech Studio: High-End Rental Studios

The cost of owning your own studio, especially with the current real-estate woes, makes taking your job to a high-end studio one of the easiest choices to make when compared to the costs of owning and maintaining your own space. From big jobs to small jobs to elaborate setups, shooting at a high-end rental studio justifies the cost of renting when you incorporate all the benefits and money you'll save in the end.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

DPP Solutions: Printer Drivers

Get the highest-quality prints even when your printer's drivers won't cut it

DPP Solutions: Printer Drivers

Professional printers are getting even better, giving us amazing picture quality with exceptional printer drivers. Usually printing with the manufacturer's media guarantees the best print with its printer drivers, but when using a third-party paper or any other sort of substrate medium, it becomes harder to get the best and most predictable results. For those of us who want the highest-quality photos and the most control over our output, there are reliable options that ensure what we have on the screen will be yielded when we queue our print jobs.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Hi-Tech Studio: Complete Color Calibration

Color management from reality to reproduction

Hi-Tech Studio: Complete Color Calibration

Plato said that art is thrice removed from reality. Although the philosopher wasn't a photographer, he hit the nail right on the head where digital imaging is concerned. If we follow what happens to the color of an object during the photographic process—from capture through output—we see several junctures where the colors are likely to be changed unintentionally, and we can gain a better understanding of why it's important to use calibrated devices.

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