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.

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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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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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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Printed Picture Dynamics – The Good, Lackluster, and Frumpy

Question: with all the technical control afforded by imaging software, advances in digital camera technology, and constantly-improving pre-press and pressroom controls, why do many high-end publication images appear… somewhere between lackluster and frumpy? All aforementioned technology considered, every image in your … 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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The Great Paynter European Photo Adventure- Post One

I just finished a 30-day trek around southern Europe with my best friend (my wife Barbara), and my Lumix G5. This composite shot (one of over 4500 taken during the trip) is of one of the Dresden Museums, just down … Continue reading

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Image Tonality and the Histogram- Part Six: The Phoenix Scenario

In Greek mythology the Pheonix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn from apparent oblivion. In this sense, any digital image capture that is apparently “dead” by all appearance can have life breathed into it by powerful … Continue reading

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