Why You Should Own A Light Meter But Probably Don’t

A light meter is one of the most important tools in a photographers' arsenal, and you probably don't own one.
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Photography is about capturing light, which is why it’s confusing that many photographers don’t own a light meter. After all, if we’re trying to capture light accurately and/or creatively, then we need to know how much light there is and where it’s coming from. In this conversation at the Seikonic booth at the 2016 Photokina... Read more

Black & White Conversion

For the most control, try specialized plug-ins like Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
Black & White Conversion
Black-and-white photography never goes out of style. It’s the core of imaging and what many of us remember fondly starting with the first roll of TRI-X we processed and printed in the darkroom. As digital took over, there were few monochrome options other than, perhaps, desaturating images in software applications, which usually resulted in dull,... Read more

New Beginnings

Sometimes you need Adobe Photoshop, and sometimes you don’t

Editor’s Note: We’re proud to have veteran photographer and technology journalist Theano Nikitas helm our new “Workflow” column. Feel free to send suggestions or requests for what you’d like to see covered here—you can reach her on Twitter @TNikitas1_DPP or contact us at editors@digitalphotopro.com. Most photographers have one or more favorite... Read more

The Digital Delivery Conundrum

Large file sizes and multimedia projects are changing the way photographers deliver the goods

With film, it was simple. You shoot the job, process the film, then place the transparencies in a FedEx box or hand them to a messenger for delivery to your client. They open the box and send you a check for the unpaid balance on the invoice. Life was simple, even if it didn’t always seem like it at the time. Starting with the ability to scan... Read more

Why Make Prints

The process of evaluating, editing and prepping an image for making a print refines and consolidates your vision

Despite the ubiquity of images that are shared entirely in digital form, via computer screen, tablet and smartphone, a print remains the ultimate expression of a well-conceived photograph. Images shown on a tablet screen can look spectacular, but a print is tangible in a fundamentally different way. The paper (or canvas or other medium) itself adds... Read more

The Right Resolution

The conventional wisdom says set 300 dpi and forget it, but it turns out that there’s more to optimizing image resolution for fine-art printing

There seems to be some confusion in the industry about how to prepare and optimize image resolution for fine-art printing from modern high-end inkjet printers. Some people say you can’t really see any difference between prints made at higher or lower output resolutions. Well, I can. Contrary to what some people may say, size really does matter... Read more

The End Of Film Capture, The Future Of Film Archives

Frans Lanting had a large archive of film images when he made the transition to digital capture.

When Frans Lanting first clicked his shutter on assignment in the late 1970s, he began a prolific photographic journey that would take him around the world for more than 25 years creating hundreds of thousands of images—all on film. From black-and-white to Kodachrome, Lanting’s medium of choice—like every other serious photographer—was film.... Read more

Master Your Image Library

Working on location, travel and generally being mobile require you to rethink how you can best manage your image library for maximum access

To merge, or not to merge. That is the question. Imagine a time in the not-so-distant future when you truly have just one window into your entire digital photo library. This means, no matter where you are, and no matter what sort of device you’re using, you’ll be able to easily access any photograph you’ve taken since the dawn of digital (admittedly,... Read more

Managing Your Photographic Legacy: Part 2

Taking a long-term perspective on creating your digital archive

In all the years I was traveling and giving talks to photo groups on Adobe products and end-to-end digital workflows, the number of photographers I met who had truly developed a rational system for managing their digital library was very small. In retrospect, this isn’t all that surprising, given the sea change photographers were experiencing trying... Read more

DPP Solutions: Image Optimization For The Web, Part I

How to evaluate and quickly set up your images for web usage

First impressions can make or break a photographer. Prospective clients and photo buyers alike who surf the web for interesting photographic work can and will pass judgment on you, for good or bad, in a matter of seconds. While many photographers become absorbed by web design, others look past the essential skill of optimizing images for web-based viewing.... Read more

Pro Tips: Monitor Calibration

Without color calibration, you might as well be working in the dark

I’m a photographer with a deep, dark secret: I’m color-blind. For those of you without this particular affliction, allow me to clarify something. It doesn’t mean that I see the world in black-and-white; it just means that I see things a little bit differently. I see colors, and as far as I know, I see all the colors that anybody else does. But... Read more
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