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.

Remember What You Forgot and Learn What You Never Knew.

Remember that sinking feeling you had in Algebra II when you realized you should have paid more attention in Algebra I? Well, here you are with your camera and it’s deja vu all over again! The fundamentals of light and … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Romance of Black and White, Part Three: A Walk in the Park

This is part three; the final installation in this series. Before I talk about converting color digital to black and white, you should appreciate how different the monochromatic (black and white) photo process is today compared to what it was … Continue reading

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What’s Choking Your Photo Creativity?

Shortly after Photoshop stormed onto the scene folks started peddling their personal Photoshop Actions and Presets in Lightroom. It didn’t take long for ambitious power-users to figure out how to make money by selling prefab effects and routines. I always … Continue reading

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Technology and Tolerance

Tolerance is an interesting concept; it keeps our biases and personal convictions in check and moderates our acceptance of issues that we don’t agree with. In a social sense, tolerance plays a critical part in a well-behaved society. I was raised to be tolerant long … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Romance of Black and White, Part Two: Photoshop

The thrill of romance wanes when we fail to appreciate uniqueness and recognize differences. When we downplay distinctive traits, the spark of romance gradually mellows and we settle for the bland and predictable. Instead of identifying and appreciating those small … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Romance of Black and White, Part One.

If you loved shooting black and white film photography in the days before digital, you’re gonna love what digital black and white imaging (capture and post-processing) can produce now. Continue reading

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Don’t Show Me Your Tricks, Show Me Your Skills

The automated features and tricks built into cameras and software can actually stunt your photographic growth. Are you relying on auto settings, pre-sets, and effects to make your shots look better? Do you run your photos through software that pushes … Continue reading

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The Visible Spectrum: Color As Frequencies & Light Waves

Hang on, in this final installment in this series, I’m about to get geeky about the emotion and romance aspect of color photography. Your eyes don’t actually see colors at all. Color is more of a perception than a reality; a … Continue reading

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The Visible Spectrum: RGB Color Voodoo

Session three continues the magical mystery tour through the land of color. Now that we know that the camera actually sees color in black and white (see the two prior posts) and that RGB colors produce CMY(K) colors, we move … Continue reading

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The Visible Spectrum: RGB Channels Explained

On my last post, I displayed this color photo of an Olympic Volleyball game. Surrounding the picture are the individual RGB channels that make up the color photo. If you really look at these individual channels, something probably doesn’t make … Continue reading

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