Correcting Underexposed Portraits
Aug21

Correcting Underexposed Portraits

“I’m always looking for perfection. Every photographer, in one way or another, if he’s serious, is. He ain’t ever going to get it. But hope springs eternal.”—Phil Stern Here in the real world, everybody makes mistakes and sometimes when shooting, I loose track of my camera settings, don’t keep up with changing lighting conditions and forget to chimp. That combination of errors results, more often than...

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Digital Pictorialism Tutorial
Oct25

Digital Pictorialism Tutorial

Pictorialism: A name given to a style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There’s no standard definition of the term but in general refers to a style in which the photographer has manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of creating an image rather than merely recording it. I’ll admit that I am an fan of pictorialism, which is more...

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Shooting the Leica D-LUX, Field Test (Part 2)
Mar27

Shooting the Leica D-LUX, Field Test (Part 2)

I took the Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) to some of my favorite shooting spots including the Hidden Mesa Open Space and O’Brien Park in Parker Colorado. I also shot with it here around Daisy Hill, especially giving the speedlight a workout using it as fill for some window light portraits of my wife, Mary. The impression I’m left with is what a great imagemaking tool it is and how effortless it is to use. The shutter is amazingly quiet. The...

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Recreating Solarization Effects
Mar22

Recreating Solarization Effects

Although often confused with posterization, solarization is also sometimes called the Sabatier Effect although purists might disagree. In 1857 William L. Jackson noted that exposing a partially developed photographic plate to light, then continuing its development, would sometimes cause a reversal of tones, affecting the whole or part of the negative. It might have been christened the Blanchere Effect because it was not described by...

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in-Camera Monochrome Capture
Feb06

in-Camera Monochrome Capture

These days most digital cameras offer a monochrome capture mode and while you can always make adjustments after the fact using Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software, I’d like to give you a few reasons why direct capture may be better for some shooters Aesthetics: Sometimes too much color confuses viewer and takes the focus away from the real subject of the photograph. Shooting directly in black and white also impacts how...

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Datacolor’s Spyder4Pro: It’s Still My Favorite Arachnid
Jan11

Datacolor’s Spyder4Pro: It’s Still My Favorite Arachnid

“The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout…”—old nursery rhyme If you’re not happy with the color of your ink-jet prints, the solution to the problem starts with making sure you have a color correct monitor that will display accurate colors as well as shadows and highlights. I have always been a big fan of Datacolor’s Spyders because they were inexpensive, easy to use and just plain worked. I’ve been using an old Syper2Pro...

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