Color Management is the science of getting the colors you want in your photographs – consistently. And in my workshops I hear all too often that people are disappointed because the colors they get in their prints are not what they saw on their monitors. They often go to a lot of work preparing an image and when they print it it’s as if all that work was a waste of time.
Color Management is indeed a science and can be very complicated and technical. But getting the same colors on the print that you see on your monitor is essential if you are to have control over the creative process. For that, color management is the key and in these series of articles I’m trying to break it down to make it more understandable and accessible for all of us.
In the previous two articles I presented the concept of a color space and what happens behind the scenes when you move the image from the camera to your computer. See Color Management Made Simple – Color Space and Color Management Made Simple – From Camera to Computer. In this article I’ll be covering the all important aspect of getting your prints to look like what you see on your monitor; that is, from Computer to Print.
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An important part of post processing is importing your photographs into Lightroom. The goal is to copy the files from your camera or laptop and store them on your desktop computer. At the same time you also want to make a backup of all of your files.
You might be interested in the configuration of my desktop computer. It has about 5 terabytes of storage. This is where the image files will be stored. I also have several terabytes of external storage – external hard drives. This is where the backup copies go.
In this example I’ll be copying files directly from the camera. The plan is to copy the files as they are to the backup storage. But the files I store on the desktop storage will be converted to DNG format. More on that in another post.
So with the big picture in mind, let’s get into the details.
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Good news! Summer is here! And we’re thinking “Vacation Time.” Now, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to figure out that you’re going to take a camera. So the question becomes, are you going to take your camera that has been sitting around for umpteen years or use your upcoming vacation as an excuse to buy a new one. (When it comes to buying camera gear, any excuse will do, at least for some of us.)
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Photography Tips – Your Digital Camera’s Program Modes
Modern digital cameras are in reality complex computers. They have memories, processors, input and output devices. And, like computers, their capabilities (read ‘processing power’) doubles every 18 months to 2 years.
One of the advantages of all this progress is the program modes that are available. In this photography tips article we’re going to take a look at some of these modes and get an idea of what they can do for us.
Often the program functions are accessed via a dial on the computer. In other cameras they are accessed from the menu. Or, some cameras use a combination of both. Your camera manual will spell this out for you.
The modes are divided into three broad categories – automatic, semi-automatic and manual. Let’s look at each beginning with Automatic.
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I’ve been having a discussion with a friend regarding the benefits and challenges of JPEG and RAW file formats. There’s already a lot of discussion on this topic out there but here’s a bit more.
The challenge my friend has with RAW is that the images are not as striking as JPEG. In fact, she says the RAW images are rather flat and she’s right.
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