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David B. Brooks Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

If you have ever used a darkroom to make photographic prints it is likely you have also used a test strip to determine the ideal exposure to make your final exposure. That method, of making a sequence of increasing overlapped exposures on a strip of...

George Schaub Posted: Jul 18, 2012 Published: Jun 01, 2012 12 comments
Wacom recently introduced their new line of Bamboo tablets, and we thought we’d revisit the use of stylus and tablet tools to give it a try. For our test we worked with the Bamboo Capture, described by the company as most apt for enthusiast digital photographers, although there are three intros in this new line.
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Jon Canfield Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Most serious digital photographers know that using a graphic tablet is the best way by far when it comes to editing and making selections in Photoshop and other imaging applications. There is a learning curve when switching from a mouse to a pen, but after using one I don't know of any photographers who would go back to the old method. Along with the finer control you have...

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Jon Canfield Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

I've written about the advantages of graphic tablets before, and most recently reviewed the Wacom Bamboo line of inexpensive tablets in these pages (see April 2008 issue). Today, I'm headed in the opposite direction and taking a look at the Cintiq 12WX tablet, also by Wacom.

What makes the Cintiq line different from the entry-level Bamboo...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Wacom has a long history of providing quality tools for graphic professionals with their graphic tablets. If you've never used a pen and tablet for photo editing you are missing out on a level of control that a mouse just can't provide. Lesser known were the Cintiq line of LCD displays that feature tablet functionality directly on the screen. Expensive and with fewer...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

Many serious digital photographers have discovered the power and control available with a graphic tablet and are now letting their mouse gather dust when editing images. The additional control and features offered by the current generation of tablets makes image editing easier and more precise than ever. No longer will you feel like you're trying to draw with a brick. With...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Aug 10, 2009 Published: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Wacom is probably the best known name and certainly one of the most popular brands around.

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Jon Canfield Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Everyone knows that backing up your data is critical. And, everyone knows that it's easy to say, "I'll do it tomorrow." Heck, I've made tomorrow go for months at a time! This is really stupid on my part because I make a living from my images and writing. If I lose that data, I might as well start planning on moving into the car.

Luckily...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

There are three major things happening in the memory card world today.

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John Brandon Posted: Jan 01, 2010 0 comments

With each new Microsoft Operating System (OS) release, a new question arises for photographers: should you upgrade? Or, should you wait?

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

I'm a sensitive person, at least visually, and it used to bother me to no end to go into someone's home with the TV on and see the faces in the screen green. That situation has been improved with auto-adjust features, but even today if you go...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

If you live in a part of the world where winter is unkind, you probably spend at least a few days each year shoveling the driveway instead of snapping pictures. Freezing temperatures and blowing snow can keep you housebound for days on end, especially if you're one of us who believes that the only recreational use for ice is chilling a beverage. Well, when life gives you...

Jon Canfield Posted: Nov 19, 2013 Published: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
Color calibration is the key to obtaining an accurate reproduction of what you saw when capturing the image, and what is reproduced on screen or paper. It’s long been considered a bit of black magic as to how it is done, what with terms like gamma, color temperatures, luminance, and the like as part of the mix, but the simple fact is that unless you’re working on a calibrated display you don’t quite know whether the greens, blues, or other colors you are seeing are actually what everyone else is going to see, or what you’re getting when you look at the print you’ve made.
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David B. Brooks Posted: Jan 19, 2012 Published: Dec 01, 2011 10 comments
It has been some time since anentirely new hardware andsoftware display color management system was introduced. X-Rite, the world’s largest color management manufacturer, now has a new i1Display colorimeter and next generation i1Profiler software. First of all, the new i1Display Pro is designed to accommodate all kinds of computer displays, including standard home/office models, wide color range displays, LED backlit LCD displays, laptops, and projector displays. The new colorimeter is a very flexible and convenient instrument design capable of measuring displays directly, as well as projected on a screen, plus ambient environmental illumination, all in one instrument. This new i1Display colorimeter is also capable of measuring a display at full screen to evaluate flare, and correct for it. It also features ADC, or Automatic Display Control, to manage a display’s internal controls and eliminate manual adjustments. Added to this comprehensive package is the Pantone management system for spot colors. A set of different methods of validation is available to measure the result of calibration and profiling with user-defined pass/fail tolerances.

David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 11, 2013 Published: May 01, 2013 2 comments
I always enjoy trying out the best new high-end products. It’s fun, but more important it tells me how good the best performance can be. But when reviewing color management tools I realize that photographers are not color scientists or computer programming experts, so I thought I’d start this review with a bit of a tech briefing on why they are important to all photographers who want to get the most from their work.

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