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May/June 2009




Gear

  • Black-&-White Printing Redefined

    Now is the time to upgrade your printer. The latest models can output prints that exhibit less metamerism, smoother tonal gradations and

    Black-and-white imagery is more popular than ever. We’re seeing an increase every month in the demand for quality monochrome inkjet prints, especially for portrait/fashion work and landscape images. High-quality monochromatic images from inkjet printers haven’t been without their issues though, with complaints of unwanted colorcasts and bronzing being common.
  • May/June 2009
  • Misinformation: Camera Tech It’s as close to a law in photography as anything that photographers interested in producing the best possible black-and-white images should capture in color. Thanks to digital, shooting in color maintains image information that’s basically thrown away when you capture directly in monochrome or hue modes. Saving this information gives you a lot of flexibility during the conversion process, including such perks as enhanced tonality and the ability to return to a color image if so desired or needed.

Profiles

  • Eric Cheng: The Aquatic Entrepreneur

    Eric Cheng has distinguished himself as a top underwater photographer, leveraging that niche endeavor into a multimedia business

    When I found out Eric Cheng was a classical musician, it all came together for me. If there’s a prototype underwater photographer (or really, any photographer in today’s world), then Cheng is it. He weaves constantly between the technical and creative worlds, letting each one influence his images—subtly, overtly, intuitively.
  • Michael Creagh: Fashion In B&W

    The peculiar palette of photographer Michael Creagh

    One look at Michael Creagh’s portfolio is enough to see he’s not like most fashion photographers. He’s as skilled as any at making beautiful photographs, but his work showcases a simpler sensibility. To an outsider, Creagh’s style might appear to be defined by technique.
  • Patrick Ecclesine: Sunset Blvd.

    Los Angeleno Patrick Ecclesine’s work captures the hopes and aspirations of a city built on its dreams

    Sunset Boulevard, one of the most famous streets in the world, passes through more than 20 miles of Los Angeles cityscape, touching everything from the barrio to Hollywood to the palatial estates of Pacific Palisades.

Technique

  • Black & White

    From capture to final output, there are many pieces to the puzzle for producing the ultimate black-and-white images

    Getting a great black-and-white print is easier than ever. Deciding the best way to get there is the hard part. The more you understand about the black-and-white process, the better the prints you’ll produce. While a single perfect method won’t work for every image, there are plenty of routes for optimizing the unique properties of individual black-and-white images. With that in mind, we take a look at black-and-white printing, from capture to final output.
  • DPP Solutions: When You Need A Big File

    With the right software, you can increase resolution and maintain top image quality

    You can’t beat megapixels when you need big prints. Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition from onOne Software gives you more pixels—incredibly good pixels—from a digital image. That’s enough pixels to make a 4x6-foot print at 300 dpi from a 6-megapixel original image, or a 6x9-foot print at 300 dpi from a 12-megapixel original—or a 19x28-foot event sign at 100 dpi from a 12-megapixel image.
  • Get In Sync

    Keeping files straight between your laptop and your workstation is a matter of technique. The D-65 group takes us through their highly developed procedure.

    “I use a laptop in the field when shooting and a desktop at the studio/home for processing and management in Lightroom. If the ‘main’ Library and Catalog live on my ‘main’ computer’s external drive in the studio/home, how do I sync the Catalog on my laptop or other computers with the ‘main’ Library and Catalog?”
  • Noise—Use It

    The first in a series of columns about controlling noise

    Noise. It happens. What is it? Texture not native to the subject photographed, but introduced by the capture medium, editing process or output media. There are many reasons why it happens. There are things you can do to avoid it and things you can do to reduce it. (All are subjects for the future.) But once it’s there, noise often can be hard to separate from the detail of the subject; it may obscure it. Bottom line: It’s better not to have noise. If you need noise, you can always add it later. Need noise? Yes. There are many uses for noise. Today, we have more control over noise than at any other time in the medium.

Software

  • Hi-Tech Studio: Plug-Ins For The Professional

    Tools to help you streamline your workflow and get your images into delivery shape quickly and efficiently

    Plug-ins first made their appearance as bolt-on additions for Photoshop. Because certain other image-editing software used the same plug-in architecture, compatibility spread. Later, Apple opened the Aperture architecture to third-party plug-ins, and their proliferation became even more widespread.
  • The High Pass Filter

    In the ongoing search for new techniques that will give your images a unique look and set them apart from the competition, the High Pass Filter can be another valuable tool for your business

    Four decades as a photographer scroll easily through my mind as an ongoing loop of “new” techniques. In the late ’60s, posterizing was the hottest thing in the UCLA darkroom. Our student projects overflowed with starkly contrasting black-and-white images that took their lead from advertising and design photos worldwide. Cross-processing, infrared film, solarization and turbo filters—each technique had its time.

Business

  • The New Face Of Stock Photography

    Get an inside look at the business of stock and learn what you can do to take advantage of the current trends

    While stock photography has gone through incredible changes since entering the digital world, at its heart, it’s still a library of images. But how photographers create those images, then which of the stock agencies choose to market them and finally how potential clients locate those images in a massive sea of images are in a constant state of evolution. To better understand this process and the current state of stock, we tap into two of the industry’s powerhouses: Getty Images and Corbis.
  • Vision To Visuals: Focus On Fashion

    In crisis, there is opportunity

    In the more than four decades I’ve spent in New York, I’ve never seen the confidence of this city’s sanguine population shaken as profoundly as I have in the unfolding economic news of the past few months.
 

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