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Darryl C. Nicholas  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Years ago in the old-fashioned wet darkrooms we used to constantly fight the problem of originals that were too high in contrast to print well onto paper. Typically, slides and other chromes simply gave us fits. At that time, if you wanted to print slides onto Cibachrome (later called Ilfochrome), you just about had to perform some sort of contrast control masking in order to have...

Jon Canfield  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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Accurate skin tones can be one of the most vexing problems facing the digital portrait photographer. The human eye sees skin tones as memory colors--we know what to expect, and when we see something different, our brain registers the fact, making everything else in the image seem off color. The reverse is also...

George Schaub  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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Software Used: Photoshop Elements 2

Time: 3 Minutes

Degree Of Difficulty: Moderate

When you make candid portraits you don't always have the time or the disposition to use aperture settings for a shallow depth of field (where the subject...

Howard Millard  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Sometimes all it takes to lift your photo from the ordinary to the extraordinary is a striking edge or border. Would a soft-edged vignette or a unique pattern border take your image to the next level of dramatic impact? While there are myriad software programs and plug-ins designed to add special effect edges, borders and frames, you probably already have quite an array of...

Jeff Wignall  |  Mar 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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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  |  Feb 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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The December 2001 issue of Shutterbug I reported on my trials and experiments with different methods of printing black and white photographs with ink jet printers. Today the challenge to a photographer using a digital darkroom who wants to do black and white prints remains similar to what it was three years ago.

Howard Millard  |  Jan 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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Did you miss photographing the last heavy snow? Or perhaps you are not too fond of shooting outdoors in cold weather. Now you need a photo with snow falling. Don't despair. It's rather easy to add snow digitally to any photo, color or black and white, with programs like Adobe Photoshop (CS and earlier)...

Howard Millard  |  Jan 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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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...

Jon Canfield  |  Jan 01, 2005  |  0 comments

One of the most popular software areas recently has been DVD slide show creation programs. With the increased number of DVD writers it's becoming easier than ever to put your images on DVD for playback on computers and televisions. This is especially popular for sharing images with family members who may not have a computer or just don't want to deal with e-mailing...

Paul Mozell  |  Jan 01, 2005  |  0 comments

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Film is not dead especially for photographers who began shooting before the sun rose on the digital age. Unlike my nostalgic collection of worn, long-playing record albums that I seldom play, the thousands of transparencies and negatives in my files still have value as commercial, fine art, or personal images. Until...

Joe Farace  |  Dec 01, 2004  |  0 comments

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"C'mon Honey, let's go make some noise."--The Bangles

Dear Diary: All digital cameras add noise to images. Like film grain, it's worse at high ISOs and is more noticeable in areas of uniform color, such as skies and shadows. Since noise can be objectionable...

Ellen Anon  |  Dec 01, 2004  |  0 comments

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It has long been my goal to create photographic images that capture not only what I saw, but what I felt at the moment I made the picture. It was at a workshop with Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant that my creative spirit truly began to soar. Patterson and Gallant are two extraordinarily talented photographers...

Jon Canfield  |  Dec 01, 2004  |  0 comments

Based on e-mails I've received from the first Output Options column (ColorPlus: Affordable And Easy Color Management, September/October eDigitalPhoto), many of you are struggling with the quality of prints--even after calibrating your monitor. So, just in time for the holiday season and the increase in family photos that many people have, I'd like to talk about...

Cris Daniels  |  Nov 01, 2004  |  0 comments

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David B. Brooks  |  Nov 01, 2004  |  0 comments

In the past couple of years I've reported on LCD flat panel displays either as part of an integrated system (Apple and Sony) or as a stand-alone product (LaCie Photon 19). Although these LCD displays offered some distinct advantages, I did not see that they could replace the functionality of CRTs when it came to image processing. Until a little less than a year ago their...

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