Photography Software Techniques
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.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Digital Autopilot - How To Use Photoshop Actions
Use Photoshop Actions to delegate the drudgery
I'm a digital photographer, not so much because of the digital part, more for the photography. I prefer shooting, but I don't mind the challenges of digital imaging that can take a photograph from good to great. The problem is that shooting and retouching are only part of the equation. So much time is spent managing files—downloading, archiving, proofing, processing—that repeating these tasks on a daily basis is bound to drive any photographer to a realization: automation is essential.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Extending Depth Of Field
Using multiple exposures and sound camera and software technique, you can defy the laws of physics
The ability to reproduce detail is one of the essential characteristics that defines the photographic medium. While there are many similarities between the camera eye and the human eye, there are also significant differences between the two. One of the most significant differences is that the camera eye can achieve a much greater area of focus than the human eye can at one time. This has never been more true than today.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Processing The RAW
Photographers in the digital age are inundated with software so Digital Photo Pro talked to the experts to get the ins and outs on two of the most popular RAW processing packages on the market
We discuss RAW workflow a lot in the pages of Digital Photo Pro. Having the ability to work smoothly and quickly with RAW files is key to getting the most out of them. It's a simple fact—if you can't make RAW files work efficiently, you'll end up wasting a lot of time or just switch back to JPEG. If we assume you want the power of the RAW file, then JPEGs simply aren't acceptable.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Mysteries Of (Color) Space
We've covered it before and we'll cover it again because the ins and outs of color management begin with a firm grasp of how devices handle color space
Technical terms are frequently tossed around like a Frisbee in a park on Sunday. In digital imaging, three such terms are color space, color gamut and profiles. “Use this color space—you'll get better results.” “Is this color within the color gamut?” “What profile are you using?” All are valid questions, but what do they actually mean?
Monday, June 18, 2007
Working Within Color Spaces
Myth: Color space has the most important effect on color
Do you use Adobe RGB? Is sRGB a pro format? Should pros really start using ColorMatch RGB? Or is there some other new color space permutation that will give even better results? The problem with this discussion on color space is that it assumes the digital camera has captured the correct colors in the first place and that all you need is the right color space to get the most from those colors. Digital cameras don't quite work that way, unfortunately.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The Bit-Depth Decision
8-bit versus 16-bit workflow is among the least understood aspects of photography for most professionals. This primer will get you up to speed quickly.
Within the field of photography and digital imaging, a number of debates are argued by users and experts: Nikon versus Canon, Mac versus Windows, zoom versus prime lens, RAW versus JPEG—the list goes on and on. Add to that 8-bit versus 16-bit. What's the difference? Is the controversy useful or viable? After reading our primer, you'll have a better idea about where to stand on the issue.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
By using the inherent capabilities in your image-processing software, you can work efficiently and exercise greater control over all of your images.
H.G. Wells once said, “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.” Sounds pretty harsh, but many would say it's reality. To meet this imperative, today's photography adapts with digital innovation and imagination and addresses the restraints of time and knowledge.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Really Wide View
Panoramas are hot with a lot of clients right now, but shooting them well takes specialized skill and attention to detail
Panoramas are in these days. The ultra-wide look seems to have a certain cache among clients looking for a new and different perspective. Like them or love them, you might get a call to produce one, and if you do, you'll want to be sure you know how to do it right.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Basic Portrait Polishing
Simple retouching steps help the client concentrate on the concept of the shot instead of the odd insignificant blemish
When I finish a portrait photo shoot, all of the images are in a state that I consider not ready for sharing. At this stage, I'm only willing to show thumbnails to the client for reviewing composition and the general look. Before a full-sized image goes out for review, I give the photo some basic polish, or toning.