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Images Look Darker in Print Than They Do on Your Monitor

and they always will. It’s an unavoidable reality. The reason for this has little to do with color management, inks, paper surfaces, device profiles, or any other adjustment-related issue. The simple fact is that your monitor’s white is illuminated by a projected light … Continue reading

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The Image Saturation Balancing Act

Preparing an image for public view involves tweaking both color and tonality. 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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A Lifelong Quest for Image Clarity

The 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 publication pop off … Continue reading

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Color Balance is All About Neutral Gray

Sometimes taking a neutral position on things isn’t really the safe thing to do – sometimes it’s downright destructive! Your camera may not be as smart as you think!    Auto White Balance. Your camera’s Auto White Balance, or AWB is … Continue reading

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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

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Printed Picture Dynamics – The Good, Lackluster, and Frumpy

Why do good photos look frumpy and dull in print? There is a very simple, and easy to correct answer to this question. Continue reading

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Photoshop Tools and Audio Controls

There exists an amazing parallel between the sciences of audio and photography; one that I learned about in the ’80 from personal experience. I owned a hybrid photo/litho production company in Nashville Tennessee from 1973-1986. This allowed me to enjoy both the creative … Continue reading

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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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