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Using the tools in ACR, you can work more efficiently and take advantage of RAW controls to make your black-and-white conversions
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.
Shooting at high ISOs and tweaking sharpness in an image can introduce excessive noise. Balancing these two aesthetic elements is an art.
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!
Extend the dynamic range through this processing technique
Reproducing 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. Read More...
Among the tools at your disposal, the LCH Editor gives you a powerful weapon for finessing the color relationships in your images
In a previous article, I explained “Color Choice Isn't By Chance” (Digital Photo Pro, July/August 2007). The premise is that today's digital photography hardware and software provide a plethora of features and performance that interact to enable more control and creative options than ever before. When you understand how each tool operates, and how combinations of tools can interact, you have the opportunity to enhance original images as never before.
Extending the dynamic range in your images is possible with sound technique and a little software magic
Reproducing 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. They're all advancing. As they advance, our methods for addressing this fundamental challenge advance with them. Read More...
Giving new life to still photos with Apple Final Cut Pro 6
Today's technology makes it relatively easy to turn a series of photos into multimedia presentations with audio for even more impact. You can add audio to your still images to tell a story even better, and equally important, provide additional marketing opportunities—there are more places to sell multimedia presentations than there are to sell still images alone, including broadcast media. Multimedia presentations also are a great way to present what you do photographically to potential clients. They provide a new creative challenge, too.
Digital technology and equipment give you more control and the ability to make the finest black-and-white images ever, but there's an art to coaxing the best print from your image files
Black-and-white used to be the core of the photographer's darkroom. Now, ironically, as companies concentrate heavily on moving the darkroom onto the desktop, black-and-white photography has been slowly relegated to the sidelines of fine art and portraiture. New advances in technology, however, have given black-and-white printing a little more, pardon the pun, exposure. Read More...
Color correcting by numbers is a combination of art and science
The digital darkroom offers more control over the imaging process than ever before with the promise of higher quality and quicker, easier results. The price is a steep learning curve and a plethora of creative choices that often leave us scratching our heads wondering where to begin. Mostly, we need to begin, after the image capture, with color correction.