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Advanced Photography Techniques

Photo pros rely on our magazine to cover the most advanced digital photography techniques in-depth.  From color calibration to file formats and everything in between, you can count on the technique advice from our digital photo experts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vision To Visuals: Back To School

Helping a learning institution define itself

Vision To Visuals: Back To School

Dr. Ben M. Corpus, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management and Dean of Students of Baruch College, approached Duggal Visual Solutions recently with a fundamental request. The goal was to “communicate the standards of academic excellence and professionalism” that define Baruch College in a public forum. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

XDR, Part III

Double exposure gives you two times the image information to use in a final image

XDR, Part IIIThis is the third in a series of “R/Evolution” columns on Extended Dynamic Range (XDR). Extending dynamic range has become increasingly mainstream for professional photographers as software has become more powerful and new techniques have been unveiled.  Read More...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pro Tips: Going Gray

A good/better/best look at converting color photos to great black-and-white images

Remember when “black-and-white or color?” was a choice made before you took a picture? The awesome ability to convert a color image to black-and-white after shooting is only part of the story; the real trick is to do it well and to create black-and-white photographs that look every bit as beautiful as the old darkroom methods.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

DPP Solutions: Setting Up Redundant Storage

A look at the extensive possibilities of external hard drives as a digital photo archive

DPP Solutions: Setting Up Redundant Storage

The ideal goal of any image management is simple: keeping finished images at arm's length without them being in the way. The solution is a little more complex, however. There are a variety of ways to achieve this goal, but at the core, methods for image archival should offer a strategy that you're comfortable with, doesn't consume a lot of time or processing power, and makes you confident that the images you've saved will remain safely stored and accessible from start to finish.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Use Adobe Raw For B&W

Using the tools in ACR, you can work more efficiently and take advantage of RAW controls to make your black-and-white conversions

Use Adobe Raw For B&W

Adobe Camera Raw offers a number of powerful controls for converting a color image to a black-and-white or split-tone image. Working from Bruce Fraser's original, Real World Adobe Camera Raw With Photoshop CS2, Jeff Schewe has updated the book, and a new version will be available this summer. In this article, we walk you through some examples of how you can take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw's black-and-white conversion tools. We look at the HSL/Grayscale Panel and Split-Tone Panel, as well as show the steps we went through to take an image from color to black-and-white.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

The Battle Between Noise & Sharpness

Shooting at high ISOs and tweaking sharpness in an image can introduce excessive noise. Balancing these two aesthetic elements is an art.

The Battle Between Noise & Sharpness

In the beginning of photography, most people were unaware or oblivious to noise, but with higher-ISO films, image grain became an issue; I look upon grain as a form of image noise. Grain occurs from film's granular structure and appears throughout an image, but most notably within the darker and higher-contrast areas. Understanding is important for the next stage of photography—digital!

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Monday, April 28, 2008

XDR, Part II

Extend the dynamic range through this processing technique

XDR, Part IIReproducing the full range of tones or brightness values seen by the human eye is one of the most fundamental challenges in photography. Capture, display and print technologies are all limited when compared to the ability of the human eye to see a wide dynamic range. Recent advances in technology enable you to exceed these limitations.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

DPP Solutions: Proper Contrast In Black-And-White

Using your digital tools gives you a level of control that Ansel Adams would have readily embraced

DPP Solutions: Proper Contrast In Black-And-White

Contrast is critical to a properly printed black-and-white image. There's no color to define and structure a photograph. It all must be done in the monochrome tonalities from black to white.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Working The Flow

Whether on assignment for National Geographic or managing his massive stock archives, Frans Lanting's studio is constantly adapting to handle extreme challenges in digital-asset management

Working The Flow

Getting precious digital image files from capture to output is tricky under the best circumstances. Just imagine how difficult it gets when you're on location for National Geographic in the most remote corners of the world for weeks on end and you're bringing back 10,000 images at a time. That's exactly the situation faced by Frans Lanting and his staff.

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