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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Comeback - Medium-Format Resurgence

Medium-format is experiencing a resurgence. The dire predictions of a few years ago are being replaced by guarded optimism amidst higher-resolution products that are more portable and more affordable.

Comeback - Medium-Format Resurgence

Thanks to the steady rise in quality and popularity of 35mm-format digital SLRs, medium-format manufacturers have spent much of this decade fighting for their proverbial lives. Add to that the early limitations of high price and low portability in its digital systems, and medium-format seemed poised to disappear.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Paper Chase - Selecting The Best Paper

One of the least considered, yet most used materials in the photographer's arsenal, a paper's fundamental construction can have a profound impact on how images print

The Paper Chase - Selecting The Best Paper

For most photographers, the ultimate goal is a print. When inkjet printing hit photo quality, the choices were very limited. Every manufacturer went to great pains to supply papers that mimicked traditional darkroom papers in an effort to lend a more legitimate feel to digital printing. Photographers didn't take long to try alternative media, though, looking for that perfect surface and finish that would bring out the best in their images.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Securable Memory Cards

LockTight technology has some interesting possibilities and ramifications for professional photographers

Securable Memory Cards

Because photography is used as evidence in courtrooms and relied upon for strict documentation in fields like insurance and medicine, there has always been a need to apply a measure of security to the images in these fields. With the rise of digital photography and the early suspicions about rampant image manipulation, keeping these images secure has taken on a renewed urgency.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Mysteries Of (Color) Space

We've covered it before and we'll cover it again because the ins and outs of color management begin with a firm grasp of how devices handle color space

Mysteries Of (Color) Space

Technical terms are frequently tossed around like a Frisbee in a park on Sunday. In digital imaging, three such terms are color space, color gamut and profiles. “Use this color space—you'll get better results.” “Is this color within the color gamut?” “What profile are you using?” All are valid questions, but what do they actually mean?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Security

For security and convenience, take a copy of your photo library with you

Security

Think “insurance policy.” Your digital files are your most important asset as a working photographer. No matter how secure your studio or how frequent your backups, if you lose your images, you lose income.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Large-Format Scanning

Discover the alternatives for producing your own scans in-house

Large-Format Scanning

If you shoot or have an extensive archive of large-format negatives or transparencies, the process of converting them into digital files can be costly. When done at a service bureau, each drum scan can run from $30 to $400. Depending on the number of scans you need, this can become prohibitively expensive, which is why many photographers consider the use of scanners to produce digital files in-house.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Futility Of CMYK

Myth: A big color space with 16-bit color guarantees visibly better results on a printed page

The Futility Of CMYK

I wish that were true. The printed page can be a frustrating place for a photographer. Sometimes images look better there, sometimes worse. Like many photographers, I once thought a publication simply took an image, “translated it” into printing plates of some sort, then worked to match the photo to the page. With that line of thinking, it's easy to then believe that a photo should perfectly match its printed version; if it doesn't, someone screwed up.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Right Tool For The Job

Graphics tablets offer superior control for precise image adjustments

The Right Tool For The Job

Always choose the right tool for the job—you know that. You wouldn't use a beach towel to clean your lenses, for example, so why would you choose a mouse to do the work of a stylus? Using a mouse often is too clumsy for the precise work of creating selections or spotting filters and effects.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Proper Printer Resolution

Myth: Pixels equate to ink droplets

Proper Printer Resolution

You may have been told that you have to use a high image resolution (most commonly given as 360 ppi or pixels per inch) in order to get the best inkjet prints. Or perhaps someone has instructed you to use something much lower, maybe even 200 or 180 ppi. Who's right? Is anyone absolutely right?

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