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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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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Digital Negative Format

Adobe's proposed standard RAW file format could be the key for the long-term protection and viability of image files

The Digital Negative Format

Adobe Systems, Inc., has announced a standard RAW file format initiative called Digital Negative (DNG). Since Photokina and Photo Plus Expo last fall, there has been much discussion regarding DNG with a certain degree of skepticism exhibited by photographers, camera companies and the photography industry in general. Why did Adobe, a software company, introduce a standard RAW file format and what are its motives? Are camera companies going to adopt the standard? The most important question to many photographers is, Why should we care one way or another?

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Monday, June 18, 2007

The Handheld Meter

Far from becoming obsolete, handheld exposure meters are at least as useful in the digital age as they are for film photography

The Handheld Meter

Consistency is key to my livelihood, and I've touted the benefits of incident metering for some time, both in my workshops and in postings on the web. When capturing images in the field, I eliminate as many variables as possible. Incident metering affords me this advantage, allowing me to transfer an image to my CompactFlash card quicker, with more accuracy and consistency than other methods.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Digital Projectors

Discover the alternatives for producing your own scans in-house

Digital Projectors

So you've managed to schedule a meeting with a big ad agency or an art director you've been pursuing, or you've been invited to present your work to a roomful of peers, admirers, hungry students and overall photo junkies. Any of these circumstances are exciting events in your career. After all, the effort and dedication you've put into the development of your work is being recognized, respected and possibly considered for some big jobs on the horizon. You'll want to make an impact, be unforgettable. Bringing your printed portfolio, like every other photographer, is an option. Or, you can go big.

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