Author Archives: Herb Paynter

About Herb Paynter

Herb is a published author, photographer, retoucher, color reproduction specialist and a regular writer for Digital Photography School. Download his iBook "Digital Color Photography: A Deeper Look" from the iTunes store and view his Light and Color Fundamentals video series at GottaKnowVideos.com.

A 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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Color Balance is All About Neutral Gray

Sometimes taking a neutral position on things isn’t really the safe thing to do – sometimes it’s downright destructive! Your camera may not be as smart as you think!    Auto White Balance. Your camera’s Auto White Balance, or AWB is … Continue reading

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How to Ensure Tack-Sharp Images

How many times have you captured images that look sharp and detailed as a thumbnails only to have them lose that sharpness when the files are opened in Photoshop? If you’re like me, TOO MANY times. It happens to all … Continue reading

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Rescue the Perishing with Raw Processing

Never give up on an image just because its tonal range seems beyond rescue. If something caught your eye about the scene and you took the time to frame the shot, even if the histogram (upper left of the image) … Continue reading

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Exercising The Art of Restraint

When processing photographic images, the greatest skill is knowing when to stop. This is a lesson I learned long ago. My entire career has been involved with color photography and image reproduction. I’ve invested more years in this area than … Continue reading

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Depth of Field and the 1/3 – 2/3 Rule

All photographers know that higher number f-stops mean greater depth of field, but maybe some don’t realize that there is an important ratio involved in the field of focus. This ratio must be considered when choosing the f-stop for a … Continue reading

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Overlooking the Un-obvious

RAW file adjusted in RAW interpreter software (Lightroom, Camera RAW, etc)  Virtually all digital photos contain more detail than can be seen in the image that comes out of the camera. This statement is neither exaggeration nor overstatement, it is … Continue reading

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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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