Monochrome & Color Portraiture
Mar24

Monochrome & Color Portraiture

Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a built-in monochrome capture mode with some  offering scene modes, Canon calls’em Picture Styles, that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. The reality is that you can always shoot in color and  make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but...

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Wordy Wednesday #428: “Mannequins in ABQ”
Feb08

Wordy Wednesday #428: “Mannequins in ABQ”

You know how it is: You drive by something and say “I’ve gotta make a photograph if that” but never somehow get around to it. When I was in Albuquerque Mary and I drove past this clothing store and Mary said, “you gotta take a picture of that,” so when we drove by later in the day, the store was closed and the Mannequins had been taken inside. But I persevered, so the next time we were in the Nob Hill area, we made a detour and the...

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A Murphy’s Law for Exposure
Jan06

A Murphy’s Law for Exposure

“Never confuse the improbable with the impossible: Burke’s Law.”—Burke’s Law 1963 Back before the Dot Com bust, I wrote for several computer magazines and back then created  a series of  “Farace’s Laws of the Computing Universe.” I figured if Murphy could have a law and Burke (my real inspiration for the idea) then there could be Farace’s Laws as well. When I started writing exclusively...

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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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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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