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on Apr 20, 2016 in Digital Darkroom

DeHaze is DeWonderful!

The relatively new DeHaze feature in Photoshop is a great tool that hasn’t received much love. Many don’t know it exists (in ACR / LR) and if they do, don’t apply probably as much as their images could use. The biggest thing about DeHaze I want to bring to your attention is when you’re behind the camera! I’ve found some shooters don’t shoot because of what they’re seeing in the viewfinder which is crude that could be spectacular with a touch of DeHaze. Here are two examples from our recent time in Santa Fe, NM to encourage you to explore it. What you see above is the finished photo with DeHaze and the bottom photo what we saw with our eyes. When we were at San Francisco de Asis Mission Church outside of Taos, it was raining and snowing (we really had marvelous shooting wx all week!). The light was flat the vast majority of the time. Now Ansel Adams made this little chapel famous with the SHADOWS he...

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on Dec 16, 2015 in Digital Darkroom

B&W in Photoshop CC 2015

Ever since I posted about my favorite B&W technique of late, folks have been reaching out. Lots of good questions so I created this short video to explain the technique. Hope it...

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on Dec 9, 2015 in Digital Darkroom

Epson P800 & Legacy Paper

The more I print with the Epson P800, the more I’m loving it! I’ve spent the last 36hrs printing with the P800 all sorts of tests, mainly with the new Epson Legacy papers. I might not have heard of the Legacy Papers yet as they won’t be on the market until January. But man … I’m in love as will you be! My Epson buddy got me fixed up with a bunch of sample packets so I could test to my hearts content. There are two, Platine & Fibre that are just bloody amazing, especially out of the P800! How am I testing? Actually it’s pretty simple. I’ve selected a whole bunch of images with varied subjects, light and color. I print each image on all four papers, keeping track of everything. Then I simply compare all the images on one particular paper type. Nothing scientific, it’s all measured by what I feel when I view the print. I know already that Platine will replace Exhibition and Fibre will...

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on Dec 1, 2015 in Digital Darkroom

BIG Photoshop CC Update

If you’re a Adobe CC subscriber, you know that a BIG drop happened last night. Adobe has done IMHO a big update on the entire suite. Personally, the biggie for me is the Save As when working with Smart Objects. But there is SOooooo much more. I recommend you get started by heading over to Terry’s page where he posted five great videos to get you in the know. But this is why CC rocks, love these constant updates improving how we work and the speed we can get it...

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on Nov 23, 2015 in Digital Darkroom, WRP Ed Zone

Calibration = Consistency

Monitor Calibration, ever noticed there’s a little bit of confusion out there about this very necessary part of digital photography? I was talking about it this weekend and it occurred to me, I’ve not posted about it for quite some time so wanted to get on my soap box for a moment and talk about it. As you can see, I’m a i1 fan, using the i1Display for my Cintiq, iMac, Retina and iPad and I do this NOT so my monitor matches the print! The word “match” means two items are equal and there is NO way you can match a transmitted light source (the monitor) with a reflected (the print) light source. Physics tells us that. Ya, they can get close but they can never match. So why then calibrate our monitors? That’s real simple and to me, obvious, consistency. How do we know our photographs are getting better, how do we establish our own quality standard for exposure and color, how do we send out the...

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on Nov 17, 2015 in Digital Darkroom, Field Reports

ImageWizards Spectacular 65!

They are nothing short of spectacular, ImageWizards 65″ metal prints. Our office is ALL ImageWizards metal prints with our latest additions the most spectacular I’ve even seen! And just so EVERYBODY can have the same experience, ImageWizards is offering Moose Fans this special Thanksgiving deal, prints 30×45 and larger, 15% off the printing and FREE wood crate (use Promo code: Moose thanksgiving 15%off)! Hell, I might have to get two more with that deal! We simply can’t get enough...

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