Digital Darkroom

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Phillip Andrews Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Taking, editing, and enhancing photos are just the first few steps in the imaging process. Many photographers spend lots of time in these phases and then let their carefully crafted pictures sit dormant on their hard drive. These quick tips are designed to help you put your photos on show, whether as prints or on the web. There are multiple ways to share your images, so carry on...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Unlike film cameras, digital does not capture a likeness of the subject on a "physical artifact," like a film negative or slide. A digital camera just gathers information that describes what the lens and sensor...

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Uwe Steinmueller Posted: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments

While most digital photographers are familiar with JPEG and TIFF formats, the latest format to come down the pike for digital cameras, known as "raw," as it deals with the raw information right from the sensor, is something fairly new. Simply stated: to gain maximum image quality, you...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

The following step by step procedures and instructions are intended to assist you in obtaining the best possible film scans based on one basic principle: Every film image is unique. Therefore, the specific parameters of adjustment for...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

After desktop printers, one of the most popular digital imaging products that Shutterbug readers ask me about is scanners. Typically, these aspiring digital imagers want to get started digitizing the slides and negative they've been shooting for many...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2000 0 comments

Service bureau is a term left over from the bad old days when few people could actually afford to own a computer. Instead, many of us had to take our data--usually in punched card form--to companies who, for a fee, would process the data using their large...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments

A few years ago I sold all my traditional darkroom equipment, lock, stock, and tongs. After sitting untouched in my new home's basement for several years, I decided it all had to go. I loaded enlarger, lenses, carriers, and trays into my car, and took them to a local photo show and sold...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is about the proper, or "best," way to sharpen images for printing or web use. Almost everyone has struggled with getting this right. Software has improved greatly over the past couple of years, both within Adobe's Photoshop, which recently added the Smart Sharpen filter, and with third-party tools like...

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Howard Millard Posted: Sep 01, 2007 2 comments

No matter how careful you are, soft happens. Your subject, whether a femme fatale or a flower, may move. The light level may be low so you have to shoot at a slow shutter speed, and camera movement blurs the photo slightly. Or you may be photographing under bright overcast conditions outdoors--plenty of light for most situations--but you're shooting soccer...

William Davis Posted: Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

Stymied by all the buzz about megapixels, dpis, ppis, and what-have-you? Should you use a digital camera? Or shoot film? And which is really better? Well, yes, it's a veritable jungle of competing facts, pseudo-facts, and ideologies out there. Then there is the obsolescence factor. As someone who bought a Nikon F Photomic in 1968, a Linhof 4x5 in '70 and proceeded to...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Howard Millard, All Rights Reserved

In the real world, as often as not, there'll be a problem with your background. In the precise spot where the light is right on your subject, the background might be too light, too dark, too cluttered, or you might even see the proverbial telephone pole sprouting from your subject's head. You needn't...

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Jeff Wignall Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

All Photos © 2004, Jeff Wignall, All Rights Reserved

I'd be a rich man if I had a buck for every time I've stumbled upon a great landscape scene only to mutter to myself (and anyone else within earshot), "What a horrible sky." There's something entirely deflating about finding an interesting foreground scene with a sky the color of aged...

David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

Corel Print House 2000
Although there is a large selection of consumer entry-level photo applications for Windows, there are few off-the-shelf packages for the Mac. The Corel Print House 2000 is a welcome alternative. In fact, at...

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Steve Bedell Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Retouching a portrait using film used to be a pretty simple task. Send the negative to your lab, check the “retouch” box, pay $5 or so, and the job was done.

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Howard Millard Posted: Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

If you want to heighten the impact of your black and white or monochrome images, consider taking them higher—to higher contrast, that is.

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