Author Archives: Herb Paynter

About Herb Paynter

I'm an author, photographer, and digital imaging consultant living in Fort Pierce, Fl. I've been in the color game for more years than I care to admit. In that time I have picked up some insights and experience that I like to share.

Out of the Shadows and Into the Light

Uncovering Hidden Details In the Shadows. There are usually significant details hidden under the weight of the darkest parts of an image. These darker details are very rich and revealing, and to some extent they are recoverable, but they must … Continue reading

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Dots Definitely Derail Digital Detail

This is a topic that probably hasn’t kept you up at night, until now. The dynamics and detail of photographs that are reproduced on a printing press can get significantly compromised by the very process that produces them. The reason … Continue reading

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Printed Picture Dynamics – The Good, Lackluster, and Frumpy

Why do good photos look frumpy and dull in print? There is a very simple, and easy to correct answer to this question. Continue reading

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My Lifelong Quest for Image Clarity

The title sounds ominous enough. My first attempts to produce “snappy” pictures in print started in my sophomore year in college. I was the production manager for our college magazine and was determined to make the images in publication pop off … Continue reading

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Photoshop Tools and Audio Controls

There exists an amazing parallel between the sciences of audio and photography; one that I learned about in the ’80 from personal experience. I owned a hybrid photo/litho production company in Nashville Tennessee from 1973-1986. This allowed me to enjoy both the creative … Continue reading

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White Balance and Gray Balance Can Destroy Color- Part One

Sometimes taking a neutral position on things isn’t really the safe thing to do – sometimes it’s actually downright destructive!   Auto White Balance. Your camera’s Auto White Balance, or AWB is a typical fallback lighting selection used by most of us … Continue reading

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Preparing Photos for Publication – Part One

Here’s a serious question… who should be preparing your photos? Typically, the three folks (in descending order) generally charged with overseeing the quality of publication photos are: the photographer, the publication’s production department, and the printer’s pre-press department. Collectively, there’s a pretty good chance that essential … Continue reading

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What You Don’t Know About JPGs is Killing Your Pictures.

All JPG Images Are Cobbled At Birth Everybody knows that JPG images are prone to compression artifacts, meaning every time an image is opened, altered in any way, and re-saved, file re-compression causes additional detail to be lost. But, did you know that if your … Continue reading

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To Be (Visibly Appealing) or Not To Be, THAT is the Question!

I’m toying with a new idea, and it all has to do with photo quality. In particular, the real estate photo listings. On my last post I noted that it seems that few people actually care about the quality of … Continue reading

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Does It Really Matter Anymore?

Lately, I’ve come to the uncomfortable reality that perhaps my obsession with delivering clarity and definition in the digital photographs is much more important to me than it is to many in the Internet (and even print) publishing community. From … Continue reading

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