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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

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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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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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Why Do Most HDR Images Look… Weird?

There’s a fundamental (human) mystery in the way many/most HDR images are produced, best described as something between overdone, foreboding  and ominous. This really works well if you’re going for the surrealistic look, but… Sort of reminds me of my … 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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Digital Noise versus Film Grain- A Short Primer for Newbies

Is there a true correlation between today’s digital noise to yesterday’s film grain? Absolutely. It all has to do with light, or the absence thereof. In days of photographic films with silver halide emulsions, tonality was recorded when light struck sub-sand-size … Continue reading

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