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October 2006

October 2006


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  • Black & White With A Digital Camera

    Concentrate on tonality for the best monochrome results


    At its best, black-and-white photography is a true art form, as a glance at the works of its many masters demonstrates. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, John Sexton, Robert Werling and William Garnett are some of my favorites, but there are many others. Study photo books of the masters' works, or better yet, visit a museum or photo gallery and enjoy their original prints. It's amazing what a talented photographer can do with just black, white and shades of gray.

  • Color Spaces & Printer Profiles Revealed

    Crayon color choices have some important similarities to how color spaces are defined and used


    When I visited the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa., with my five-year-old daughter, I had an epiphany about color space. Back when I was in kindergarten, crayons came in boxes of eight colors. Nowadays, 64 colors is average. I knew all that, but what I didn't realize was that Binney & Smith (Crayola) makes hundreds of different colors. The typical set includes all of the hues kids need to make refrigerator-ready artwork. But it's possible to assemble a 64-piece set that includes some colors that aren't found in the standard box. And that's where color space comes in.
  • October 2006 HelpLine

    Image Sharpness Revisited

    * Image Sharpness Tip
    * Card Reader Or Camera For Download?
    * Quest For The Perfect Histogram

  • The Color Of Light

    Master white balance for greater quality and control


    White balance is one of the new features we've had to learn to make the most of in digital photography. It's often seen as yet another technical hurdle photographers have to leap over in order to get a good image. Learn how to set it "right," and we'll have one less thing to think about while taking pictures.

  • Trade Tricks: Sharpening The Right Way

    Unsharp mask can work magic—if you just don’t overdo it


    Sharpening is an important step in the image-editing process. While it won't make an out-of-focus image (or an image blurred by camera or subject motion) sharp, sharpening will increase the contrast between light and dark pixels at edges in the image, which makes the image appear sharper. Digital imaging provides lots of useful tools, but you still have to focus accurately and hold the camera steady when shooting.

 
 

 
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