Q&A For Digital Photography
This department will attempt to provide solutions to problems readers may have getting into and using digital cameras, scanning, and using digital photographic images with a computer and different kinds of software. All questions sent to me will be answered with the most appropriate information I can access and provide. However, not all questions and answers will appear in this department. Readers can send questions to me addressed to Shutterbug magazine, through the Shutterbug web site, directly via e-mail to: editorial@shut terbug.net or email@example.com or by US Mail to: PO Box 2830, Lompoc, CA 93438.
New Digital Camera
Raw File Access
A. I have the new Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in, and you can read my review in this issue of Shutterbug on page 98. I'll also be working with LaserSoft's new SilverFast DC-VLT, which I expect will be both more powerful and will support many more cameras than the Photoshop plug-in. Considering that a digital camera functions much like a scanner, in that it captures at greater bit depth than what is used for digital output such as printing, it makes no sense to invest in a good digital camera and then cut it short by outputting from the camera in 24-bit JPEG. In addition, that JPEG file is very often limited by some cameras to the sRGB color space. Of course, a couple of years ago, when camera memory cards were pricey, it was more difficult to use raw for capture and output.
Photoshop 7 Or Elements
A. There are three primary functions in Photoshop 7 that are not supported in Elements 2: The Curves adjustment tool, 48-bit Mode that supports working with raw high-bit scan and digital camera files (Adobe's new Camera Raw plug-in will also be used with Elements 2), and CMYK support for output to an offset press and lithographic printing. If you are finding the tools, which are extensive, in Elements accomplish what you want to do then there is no advantage to upgrade to Photoshop 7.
Paint Shop Pro 7
And Color Management
comments have been based on Jasc documentation and queries I made of
the company about color management. After downloading and investigating
the latest Paint Shop Pro 7 I checked out what is called "color
management" in Jasc Paint Shop Pro. Based on what I found in Preferences,
what they are calling "color management" is really the antithesis
of what is supported by Adobe and Corel as examples of true color management
support. In other words, Jasc has provided the same kind of shortcut
as Ulead has with PhotoImpact, which is to provide the option of setting
the workspace as sRGB, a color space developed by a consortium led by
Microsoft, Intel, and HP which is essentially the mean average of color
which can be reproduced by a typical computer monitor.
Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and just about every
A. Thank you for the compliment. I am happy you find my image recreations interesting. Quite a few readers have expressed a similar interest, so I have put writing a how-to article on the techniques and tools I use on my schedule of work, and hope the resulting article will be in an issue of Shutterbug in the not too distant future.