Tag Archives: Digital Photography

Image Tonality and the Histogram- Part One: The Dark Side

If you don’t fully understand the purpose and useful functionality of a histogram, you’re not alone. I would venture that most folks who edit digital images really don’t understand what the little mountain range chart is telling them or how … Continue reading

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HDR Under Control is a Thing of Beauty

In a prior post (Why Do Most HDR Images Usually Look… Weird?), I stated that most of the HDR (high dynamic range) images I’ve viewed were typically very overproduced. And I submitted examples to back up my opinion. Well, I … Continue reading

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My Understanding of Photography Began in the Pressroom

The printing industry taught me valuable lessons about photography. And what I learned first, they don’t even cover in photography school, though it’s probably the reason why my images print right every time. You see, I learned about the photography … Continue reading

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Value, Intensity, and Tonality. And the Greatest of these is Tonality.

What is it that makes one picture more more striking than another? What is it that makes tones appear sharp and detailed in one area of the picture and smooth and transient in another? The answer to both of these … Continue reading

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Color Management: The Conception, Misconception, Birth and Afterbirth. I Remember it All Too Well.

THE WAY IT WERE I had spent the prior 20 years laboring inside the color separation/printing industry when all the digital feces hit the photo-lithographic fan back in the mid eighties. Shortly thereafter I found myself consulting with an upstart … Continue reading

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Neither Your Eyes Nor Your Camera Can Actually See Color. They See White Light!

Don’t tune me out just yet. It’s actually true. What few people realize about capturing color images is that each capture starts in black and white. There is no such thing as capturing color! Let me try that from a slightly different approach. … Continue reading

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Overcast Days: The Lighting Simply Doesn’t Get Any Better

Am I alone here? Does anybody else get excited about shooting in overcast conditions? I use to think I was a contrast junkie, but I discovered that my passion is for detail, more one of an internal contrast issue than … Continue reading

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You are a victim of mass-media deception.

There is one universal ruse that the media uses openly and effectively every day to deceive the majority of the watching public. Do you know what it is? Leave a brief comment with your best guess. Here are some possible … Continue reading

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The Photographic Process is an Outright Lie!

…and you know it. Yet you buy into it every day. “I can’t believe my eyes” is actually more true than you realize when it comes to photographic images. You have been a willing victim of this ruse for as … Continue reading

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The Critical Importance of Knowing Why You Do What You Do.

If you are a photographer, chances are that you already know good color when you see it. But knowing what good color looks like is just one part of the color photography equation, producing good color in an efficient manner is … Continue reading

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