Category Archives: Tonality and Appearance

The bookend issues of highlight and shadow are important, but what happens between those two extreme tones is even more critical for good image presentation in different mediums.

The Camaraderie and Benefits of a Photo Clubs and Image Servers: Part 2

Welcome back to the continuing discussion about photo clubs and image servers. Let’s dive in and look at some of the issues involved. If you haven’t read Part 1 in this series, I suggest you go back and do so … Continue reading

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The Camaraderie and Benefits of a Photo Clubs and Image Servers: Part 1

If you do not yet attend (or better yet, belong to) a local photography club, you may be missing out on a very special affiliation and a personal growth opportunity. Photography may be a solo practice, but it is much … Continue reading

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Why Published Images Will Look Different than Inkjet Prints. Part 2

A two-part post on preparing images for publication. Publications use the geometric structure of halftone dots to interpret pixel values as tonal values on paper surfaces. Each pixel produces up to four overprinted color halftone dots. These halftones dots translate … Continue reading

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Why Published Images Will Look Different than Inkjet Prints. Part 1

A four-part post on preparing images for publication. It is a known fact that images viewed on computer monitors don’t always match what comes out of desktop printers. This is because the color pixels captured by digital cameras are defined … Continue reading

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Images Look Darker in Print Than They Do on Your Monitor

and they always will. It’s an unavoidable reality. The reason for this has little to do with color management, inks, paper surfaces, device profiles, or any other adjustment-related issue. The simple fact is that your monitor’s white is illuminated by a projected light … Continue reading

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It All Starts With Tonal Clarity

No matter where you go with image preparation, it all begins with distinction; the purposeful shaping of the image’s tonal values. Regardless of whether you prefer color or black and white, exposing detail (without over sharpening) is job number one. … Continue reading

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The Image Saturation Balancing Act

Preparing an image for public view involves tweaking both color and tonality. Continue reading

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Histograms Can See in the Dark

The lowly Histogram is truly a functionless graph that merely monitors the tonal distribution of an image. It functions much like a thermometer in that it reports the current condition of the image. And it only reports one aspect of … Continue reading

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Photo Finishing

Digital photos require a three-step process just as film cameras did two decades ago. It’s popular to think of photography requiring two steps (shooting the picture and producing a physical print), but the process involves three steps with digital images … Continue reading

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Are You Taking Yourself Serious?

Now there’s a question you probably haven’t heard since junior high school! I remember my mother asking that question (in so many words) just after she read my teacher’s note on the back of my report card… “Herby is a … Continue reading

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