Category Archives: Underpinnings and Core Issues

A house is only as sound as its foundation. The same maxim is true about digital photography. If the core issues of light and color are not clearly applied to each digital image, it may not deliver the visual emotion that you intended.

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

Posted in Analog and Digital Photography, Tonality and Appearance, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Printed Picture Dynamics, Tonality and Appearance, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Opinions, Tonality and Appearance, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Tonality and Appearance, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

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

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shedding Light on Black and White Part 3: The Digital Conversion

A comparison between the way film-based cameras and digital cameras capture spectral information and transpose that information into black and white images. Photography is all about Light. The more we understand about the way light behaves, the better we will … Continue reading

Posted in Analog and Digital Photography, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Shedding Light on Black and White Part 2

A comparison between the way film-based cameras and digital cameras capture spectral information and transpose that information into black and white images. Photography is all about Light. The more we understand about the way light behaves, the better we will … Continue reading

Posted in Analog and Digital Photography, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Shedding Light on Black and White

A comparison between the way film-based cameras and digital cameras capture spectral information and transpose that information into black and white images.   Photography is all about Light. The more we understand about the way light behaves, the better we … Continue reading

Posted in Analog and Digital Photography, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Tonality and Appearance, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

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

Posted in Tonality and Appearance, Underpinnings and Core Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments