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Software & Computers
Jon Canfield Mar 28, 2012 Published: Feb 01, 2012 1 comments
Digital black and white has probably never been more popular than it is today. All of the major editing programs like Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom and Apple’s Aperture support black-and-white conversions natively, and at a much higher quality than just a few years ago. While all of these programs can do black and white you can take your monochrome imagery to the next level with plug-ins, specific task programs that use the architecture of the main program to get the work done. These plug-ins (which may be available as “stand-alones” as well) produce some amazing work, letting you emulate various film types, grain patterns, and more, usually working with “presets” (image looks) that can be modified with ease to customize every image. Combined with the improved output from recent inkjet printers, there has never been a better time to explore digital black and white than today.
Pro Techniques
Jon Canfield Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Well, things have gotten much easier with Hahnemhle’s Gallerie Wrap. Available in Standard and Professional systems, the kits include everything you need to create a gallery wrap canvas print in about 5 minutes.

Jon Canfield Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

If this year's announcements at PMA are any indication, color management is coming to the masses in a big way. New products, lower prices, and ease of use are all coming together to make this once arcane and neglected area more available to everyone, from seasoned pro to casual digital photographer.

This year also saw consolidation in the market with two of...

Jon Canfield Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

You'd think that with 12- and 16-megapixel digital SLRs so readily available that demand for digital backs and medium format digital bodies would be languishing. But 2007 looks like another good year for the big guns with both Rollei and Hasselblad showing very impressive new products, Pentax still showing a prototype digital body, and Phase One still doing very well...

Scanners & Printers
Jon Canfield Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

With so much digital in evidence, you'd think scanning would be a hot area at PMA. At least, I was hoping it would be. There's a big gap in the middle when it comes to ways to get your film into the digital realm. You've got the low end, typically a normal flat-bed scanner that's optimized for reflective scans and does a mediocre job of scanning...

Accessories
Jon Canfield Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

You might think that tripods are merely three-legged supports. But judging by all of the tripod innovations on display at PMA this year, tripods certainly continue to evolve as do monopods and tripod heads as well.

My first stop on my tripod tour was Bogen Imaging. The Manfrotto line-up has been popular for years, and with good reason. They have a full range of...

Software & Computers
Jon Canfield Dec 01, 2007 Published: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

In a world of oversaturated color, I’m always surprised at the popularity of black and white images. There is something magical about a well-crafted image in monochrome that is more expressive than any color image could ever be. In fact, it was black and white that first interested me in photography. So, with digital photography, I’ve often done black and white conversions with a...

Digital Darkroom
Jon Canfield Sep 01, 2004 0 comments

Hello, and welcome to Output Options. In this column, I'll be covering issues and topics related to how you can get the most from your images after you've made the pictures and have downloaded them into your computer. Whether you need information...

Pro Techniques
Jon Canfield Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

In a previous column I covered some of the online options you have for showing your images. The services I covered then didn't give you many options for layout and design of your web galleries, but do get you online quickly with a professional look and feel. What about those of you who have a hosting service that doesn't provide for a gallery? We'll take a look...

Digital Darkroom
Jon Canfield Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

This month I'm going to focus on optimizing your digital images for display on the web. The biggest challenge most photographers face is creating a good print, but web display can be just as challenging and has its own unique set of needs. Images shown on the web or in e-mail need to find a balance between the size and the quality of...