An efficient digital photography and imaging workflow is critical to a photographer's success. Learn techniques and equipment for adapting an efficient process.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Working The Flow
Whether on assignment for National Geographic or managing his massive stock archives, Frans Lanting's studio is constantly adapting to handle extreme challenges in digital-asset management
Getting precious digital image files from capture to output is tricky under the best circumstances. Just imagine how difficult it gets when you're on location for National Geographic in the most remote corners of the world for weeks on end and you're bringing back 10,000 images at a time. That's exactly the situation faced by Frans Lanting and his staff.Read More...
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Refine Your Imaging Workflow
Wedding photojournalism is a day-in and day-out, high-pressure shooting environment but if you can master this workflow, you can do anything
I was drawn to wedding photojournalism because, for me, it's the perfect combination of documentary street photography and imagery that infuses moments of humor and levity; it simply makes people feel good. On a regular basis, I'm invited into the lives of strangers, armed with the task of finding the elements that make their worlds unique. A stage has been set with characters and lush backdrops. At times, I become a director; at other times, I'm a stylist or even a therapist. In most cases, I'm a silent voyeur recording the events as they unfold.Read More...
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Discover the alternatives for producing your own scans in-house
If you shoot or have an extensive archive of large-format negatives or transparencies, the process of converting them into digital files can be costly. When done at a service bureau, each drum scan can run from $30 to $400. Depending on the number of scans you need, this can become prohibitively expensive, which is why many photographers consider the use of scanners to produce digital files in-house.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Digital Asset Management
Keeping track of the images that pay the bills requires a foolproof system
Film required a simple filing system. Mine consisted of slide sheets grouped by subject and stored in a file cabinet. I maintained simple notes on the slide mounts for dates, subject and location, plus a basic database. This worked well for me—until I went digital.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Proper Printer Resolution
Myth: Pixels equate to ink droplets
You may have been told that you have to use a high image resolution (most commonly given as 360 ppi or pixels per inch) in order to get the best inkjet prints. Or perhaps someone has instructed you to use something much lower, maybe even 200 or 180 ppi. Who's right? Is anyone absolutely right?
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Future Perfect - The Lab In The Digital Age
Once thought to be on the verge of a dodo-like extinction, labs have made a strong comeback as they gear up to serve photographers' digital needs
In the extraordinary transition that has taken place as we evolve from film to digital, the lab, the mainstay of the photo community, is in the midst of a quiet revolution. While many businesses struggle to find their way, the leaders in the industry are interpreting the technology, advancing along with it, and staking out a clear path as they innovate services vital to the photographer in the digital era. It may be a quiet revolution, but that doesn't make it any less momentous.
Friday, May 25, 2007
An Argument For Color Management
It's not sexy or exciting, but calibrating your full image workflow is just about guaranteed to get you better results
If you've set up your digital workflow to be completely color-managed, congratulations! You understand exactly why it's important. If you haven't calibrated your gear because you don't think you need to do it, that's because you haven't calibrated. Confused? It'll all become clear—but only after you calibrate.
Friday, May 25, 2007
B&W Comes Of Age
There has been a paradigm shift in what photographers can do with black-and-white imagery. Digital tools and capabilities have opened the medium to new possibilities.
One of the major paradigm shifts presented by digital imaging is that you can start and finish with any media, analog or digital. When it comes to input, you have two choices: analog film or digital capture. Within each of these choices you have two more choices: black-and-white or color.Read More...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The Keys To Proper Print Display
There's an art and a science to framing photographs. Steve Gorman is a professional photographer who also runs one of the most respected framing shops anywhere.
When I was growing up, my parents had a framer. I don't mean we went to a framing store like Aaron Brothers; I mean we had a framer. He was an artist by trade and had opened a small framing shop where he'd contemplate the perfect complement to whatever new piece of artwork came in from his clients. The shop was small and cluttered and, as a kid, I was admonished not to touch anything—an impossible request of a boy surrounded by such cool props as mat boards, framing rails and specialized tools that he had never seen before.
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