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Move beyond the basics with advanced photography software techniques from our experts. Covering much more than how to use photo software, topics include color choice, file formats and hundreds of other subjects.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Pro Tips: Chromozones

Gel your lights to create any colored background

Pro Tips: ChromozonesThere seem to be two paths to becoming a rich and famous photographer: 1) Go to photo school; and 2) Assist for a great photographer. I chose the former route, and apparently I should have chosen the latter because I’m neither rich nor famous. But I’m a working photographer, and I did learn a lot of great things in school—not the least of which was how to create any color with strobes and gels.  Read More...

Monday, September 1, 2008

XDR, Part IV

High-dynamic-range imaging

XDR, Part IVHDR imaging will change the way you make exposures. HDR imaging will change the way you process your exposures. HDR imaging is the future of photography—to a large extent, it’s here now, but it will advance rapidly. At a minimum, you need to know what HDR imaging is and get ready to practice it in the near future. You may want to start practicing it now.  Read More...

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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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, March 3, 2008

Color Choice: Luminance, Chrominance And Hue

Among the tools at your disposal, the LCH Editor gives you a powerful weapon for finessing the color relationships in your images

Color Choice: Luminance, Chrominance And Hue

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.

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