Convert To Black & White

My photography career began 30 years ago as a photojournalism student in college.

My photography career began 30 years ago as a photojournalism student in college. Each week, I would be assigned a story to cover and off I’d go with my Nikon FM2 and 50mm lens in search of images. But capturing the images was only half the story. The best part, I thought, was getting to develop my shots in the darkroom. I can almost smell the... Read more

5 Essential Photo Enhancements

No matter what you’re shooting or how you’re shooting it, there are a few areas in which almost every image can be improved.

No matter what you’re shooting or how you’re shooting it, there are a few areas in which almost every image can be improved. Here are the five essential photo enhancements you should make to every image you shoot. 1 FINE-TUNE THE EXPOSURE I frequently rely on the wide exposure latitude of my RAW image files to wrangle significantly over-... Read more

Painter For Photographers

Corel Painter offers some very exciting ways of working with photographs

Corel Painter may not be as well known as Photoshop among photographers, but it offers some very exciting ways of working with photographs and producing artistic interpretations that just aren’t possible with any other program. Although Painter originally was designed for artists and painters for creating original artwork, it’s... Read more
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From Color To Black&White

Black-and-white photography is easier than ever.

Black-and-white photography is easier than ever. Rather than relying on specialized film, papers and chemistry, photographers are now free to take pictures and then decide to make them black-and-white. But black-and-white photography is also harder than ever. Instead of the materials that made exquisite black-and-white images practically automatically,... Read more

Mastering Control Points

Far easier to use than the complicated layers and masking implemented by Photoshop and other workhorse imaging applications, Nik Software’s U Point technology for highly controlled and efficient selective image editing is exceedingly simple to use and yet totally powerful in capabilities.

Far easier to use than the complicated layers and masking implemented by Photoshop and other workhorse imaging applications, Nik Software’s U Point technology for highly controlled and efficient selective image editing is exceedingly simple to use and yet totally powerful in capabilities. Available throughout Nik Software’s highly regarded... Read more

Fix Wide-Angle Distortion

Distortion is a bummer. When using wide-angle lenses, it’s a big bummer because it can skew a scene in very unnatural, unwanted ways.

Distortion is a bummer. When using wide-angle lenses, it’s a big bummer because it can skew a scene in very unnatural, unwanted ways. Lines that were in reality straight and parallel may now look curved and converging. So how do you fight wide-angle distortion? The best way is to combat it while you’re shooting by using a high-quality rectilinear... Read more

Sharpen Like A Pro

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room right away: Sensors don’t automatically give you the optimum sharpness from your lens, regardless of the lens quality.

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room right away: Sensors don’t automatically give you the optimum sharpness from your lens, regardless of the lens quality. All digital images need sharpening to get the most from the lens. The individual photosites or "pixels" on your sensor aren’t completely isolated. To put it simply,... Read more

Noise-Reduction Basics

In the days of film, we worried about grain, and higher ISO speeds resulted in larger, more pronounced grain.

In the days of film, we worried about grain, and higher ISO speeds resulted in larger, more pronounced grain. Now we have noise. Digital noise is also affected by ISO, but unlike grain there are many ways to eliminate it before and after exposure. Before Shooting Advances in DSLR sensors allow photographers to now shoot at ISO 4000 much as they once... Read more

Holiday Scenes & Portraits

The holidays are here, and no matter what you celebrate, you’re sure to enjoy photographing holiday lighting displays.

The holidays are here, and no matter what you celebrate, you’re sure to enjoy photographing holiday lighting displays. Here are some easy tips to make good exposures. 1. Use a tripod. Tripods make almost every image better, but for night and low-light indoor exposures, they’re essential. If I don’t have a tripod, I’ll settle for resting my camera... Read more

Better B&W With Digital Toning

Long ago in the darkroom, just when I thought I understood black-and-white printing, my teacher introduced another challenge: toning.

Long ago in the darkroom, just when I thought I understood black-and-white printing, my teacher introduced another challenge: toning. Toning adds a hint of color to a chemical print and can aid in its archival stability by augmenting silver with more stable metals. In the digital world, toning has nothing to do with archival processing, but the technique... Read more