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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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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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Image Tonality and the Histogram- Part Two: Internal Contrast

Starting where we left off in Part One, the darkest point on the Input scale of the histogram has a value of 0, and represents solid color or tone. The lightest point on the Histogram is assigned a value of … Continue reading

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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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