The Raw File Shuffle

How to keep organized and sane when you’re working and reworking your RAW files.

Adobe Photoshop has been around for 21 years now. Given that, I think it’s safe to say that we’re finally dealing with an adult. For the better part of that 21 years, Photoshop was the place where you went to work on, to crop, to color-correct or to manipulate, more or less, one image at a time. In the process, Photoshop became synonymous... Read more

DPP Solutions: Get Connected

A quick guide to the interfaces for video and audio that you’ll encounter as you get into working with motion

Connecting a DSLR to a peripheral used to be simple. You had a USB cable, a card reader—maybe USB or FireWire—and you were done. Images could move from camera to computer fast and easy. Times have changed, and now DSLRs can connect to TVs, projectors, computers and other devices. You’re shooting stills and HD video, and you may be recording sound... Read more

DPP Solutions: AV File Formats

As you get into multimedia, the alphabet soup of file formats can be confusing. Here’s a quick reference guide to common file types.

The following is an annotated list of the data file types you may encounter while working with audio/video recorders and editing systems. Uncompressed Audio Files WAV: Flexible PCM file based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) and capable of storing virtually any combination of bit rates and sample frequencies; ideal format for data interchange... Read more

See In Black & White

How to understand the role of color contrast in black-and-white

Back in the days of film photography, creating strong black-and-white photographs was an entirely different process than it is today. One important difference is that when shooting film, each of your decisions was virtually chiseled in stone as you went along. First, you had film choice. If you wanted black-and-white as your final image, it generally... Read more

DPP Solutions: When You Need A Big File

With the right software, you can increase resolution and maintain top image quality

You can’t beat megapixels when you need big prints. Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition from onOne Software gives you more pixels—incredibly good pixels—from a digital image. That’s enough pixels to make a 4×6-foot print at 300 dpi from a 6-megapixel original image, or a 6×9-foot print at 300 dpi from a 12-megapixel original—or... Read more

Black & White

From capture to final output, there are many pieces to the puzzle for producing the ultimate black-and-white images

Getting a great black-and-white print is easier than ever. Deciding the best way to get there is the hard part. The more you understand about the black-and-white process, the better the prints you’ll produce. While a single perfect method won’t work for every image, there are plenty of routes for optimizing the unique properties of individual black-and-white... Read more

Pro Tips: Chromozones

There 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.

Armed with this information, you can create almost any color under the sun, right inside your studio.
There 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... Read more
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