Tag Archives: color compensation

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

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The Quest for Clarity

Title sounds ominous enough. My first attempts to produce “snappy” pictures in print started in my sophomore year in college. I was the production manager for our college magazine and was determined to make the images in the the next … Continue reading

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Dreamers, Mechanics, Propeller heads, and Pundits

Pardon my absence for the two weeks or so, I’ve been doin’ some personal rearranging. This started by engaging in some personal reflection. Always revealing, but somewhat dangerous. Please don’t get offended at this silliness. It just lets me grasp … Continue reading

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The Brain’s Visual Cortex Corrects Color Casts. Naturally.

The setting in the image capture and editing processes known as White Balance is a curious one indeed. The human light perception system is so complex, and so intuitive,  that we don’t totally understand how it even works. All human … 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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