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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, June 18, 2007

Working Within Color Spaces

Myth: Color space has the most important effect on color

Working Within Color Spaces

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.

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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.

The Bit-Depth Decision

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.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Synergize

By using the inherent capabilities in your image-processing software, you can work efficiently and exercise greater control over all of your images.

Synergize

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.

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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

The Really Wide View

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.

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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

Basic Portrait Polishing

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.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Ultimate Black & White

New technology and techniques are giving rise to the ability to create the best black-and-white images ever

The Ultimate Black & White

There's something magical about watching an image develop on a piece of photo paper in the developer tray…to see it go from just a blank white piece of paper to becoming a photograph is what many photographers think of when they think of black-and-white photography. That process of watching the image develop is what got me hooked on photography over 30 years ago, and black-and-white is where my heart really lives, even though I've done more color work professionally.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Art Of The Up-Res

Getting beyond the limitations of your camera's native resolution is an art and a science

The Art Of The Up-Res

Don't let anyone kid you; size really does matter—when it comes to digital capture, that is. But what you do to get that size is even more critical. Before we get to the process, let's cover some ground rules.

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