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.

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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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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Image Tonality and the Histogram- Part Five: Output Levels and Internal Contrast

The Input Gives and the Output Takes Away If you’ve wondered what the Output Levels are all about, here’s some insights. While the Input Black slider makes the Shadow Point darker and the White slider makes the Highlight Point lighter, … Continue reading

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Image Tonality and the Histogram- Part Four: The Magic in the Middle

Before we move on to the middle tone adjustments, allow me to restate and review just a little of the hist-related issues we’ve covered so far. I know for some this will be an unnecessary rehash, but for some that … Continue reading

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How Auto White Balance in the Camera and Gray Balance in Editing Can Actually Kill Your Color

Sometimes taking a neutral position on things isn’t really the safe thing to do – sometimes it’s actually downright destructive! Your camera’s AWB, or Auto White Balance is a typical fallback lighting selection used by most of us because we … Continue reading

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Grayscale (Black and White) Images Look Better on Displays and Desktop Printers Than They Look on Four-Color Presses!

Absolutely true. Every color pressman knows this for a fact. There is a very good reason why this is true. And unfortunately, there’s not much anybody can do to change it! Here is a little known fact outside the printing industry. Full-color printing … Continue reading

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Image Tonality and the Histogram- Part Three: Highlight Distinction

Most scenes captured in full daylight that include elements that are almost pure white and nearly total black. Many times their dynamic nature gets buried within a standard single exposure. The tones are there, as your camera has the capacity … Continue reading

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