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.

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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RAW Files Are NOT Like Color Negatives

It is commonly accepted that digital RAW files are equivalent to a photographic film color negative. Here’s the rationale… A color negative is a physical record of how light is recorded onto the individual red, green, and blue emulsion layers … Continue reading

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Beware of Buzzwords

Every time a new technology breakthrough emerges it is accompanied by a baffling bunch of techie buzzwords; terms intended to explain the breakthrough. The problem is that many of the  pundits and writers involved with that industry use these (heretofore … Continue reading

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Serious Photographers Don’t Use Post-Processing

I’m not sure where this concept originated, but I know it didn’t come from the professional photographic community. This sophomoric bravado may be sincere in its conviction but it is sincerely wrong in its claim. Actually, the polar opposite is … Continue reading

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Overlooking the Obvious: The Art of Not Seeing What You’re Looking At

I make myself shoot something every day for the shear discipline of it. You’re only good at what you do every day, and I intend to stay on top of my game. Occasionally I’ll walk around my own neighborhood in … Continue reading

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