Q&A For Digital Photography
This column will attempt to provide solutions to problems readers may have in 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 the column. Readers can send questions to me addressed to Shutterbug magazine, through the Shutterbug web site, directly via e-mail to: Fotografx @csi.com or by US Mail to: PO Box 2830, Lompoc, CA 93438.
Q. I am a 65-year-old
man. My wife's kids gave her a Gateway Microsoft 98 computer for
her birthday. Neither one of us know much about computers. The main
use I would like it for would be to print photos.
You are one of a rapidly growing part of America's amateur photographers
who are getting into using computers and want to use them as a "digital
darkroom." In the last year or two a significant number of hardware
and software companies have begun to offer a great range of choice that
makes photographic activity with a computer easy and affordable. So,
I will not list all that is available, but just what I think is probably
best for your particular situation and what you might want to afford.
Q. I bought the (Epson)
Perfection (636) with negative attachment and have found it to be a
great piece of equipment. Naturally, I have been using the light version
of SilverFast that came with the scanner and have been considering the
upgrade to 4.0.
The full version of LaserSoft SilverFast provides the tools to do very
refined color correction. I have found this has made it possible to
make scans of less than perfect originals that I would not otherwise
expect a decent image from, and adjust them on perceptual basis in the
SilverFast preview, resulting in a final scan with image attributes
far superior to the original.
Q. I am a subscriber
to your very good magazine. I have a Microtek scanner and the Adobe
System. I am an 84-year-old novice at this. Does Adobe (Photoshop) 5
have a book which I can look at before purchasing? I live in Spring
Hill, Florida. Would this book be available at a local store? Do you
have any suggestions? Your March (issue) had some fantastic articles
on digital. Thank you very much for any help that you offer.
are a considerable number of after-market books written and published
to supplement the user guide for Adobe Photoshop. Most, unfortunately,
are not addressed to the photographic use of Photoshop, but are targeted
at designers and artists. There is one exception which I have read and
found valuable. It is, Real World Photoshop 5 by Bruce Fraser. To my
knowledge this book is quite popular with photographers.
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