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Digital Horizons

In Digital Horizons, Rob Sheppard helps you bridge the gap between photography and digital technology.  Learn how digital cameras can conquer even the toughest photography challenges.


Thursday, September 1, 2005

The Better Print

If a good print matches the monitor, how can it be made better?

What’s a good print from your photo? How can you make one better? Many people will answer that a good print matches the monitor and a better one matches it better! There’s no question that having a properly calibrated monitor is critical to getting a quality print, but simply saying a print must match that monitor in order to be good is misleading to the goal of getting a better print.

Friday, July 1, 2005

Color Space Wars

Successful use of digital photography sometimes means challenging the conventional wisdom

I heard a new Hollywood movie is coming from George Lucas, The Color Space Wars. It will be filled with drama, innuendo and a lot of fighting about ultimate right and wrong—something in which all nature photog-raphers will be interested. Or not. Maybe there’s no war after all and Adobe RGB (1998) has won. Color space is an important concept for digital photography, but discussion about it has taken a direction that’s distinctly not helpful for photographers. You'll deal with color space as you set your camera, if you process RAW files, and whenever you use Photoshop.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Digital Improv

The most important part of your digital gear may be a willingness to experiment

One thing certainly hasn’t changed since Outdoor Photographer got its start 20 years ago—no matter how well you prepare, no matter how much gear you take with you on a trip into the wilds, you can never be ready for everything. Sooner or later, you’ll run into a photo problem that demands to be solved, yet you don’t seem to have the gear to handle it. You then have three choices: forget the photo opportunity, take a photo anyway knowing it won’t succeed or do a little photographic improvisation. You may have to think like MacGyver, but if the subject demands attention now, you have little choice. I find photo improv to be fun and satisfying when it works.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

The Craft of RAW

Use RAW to make good photos better, not bad photos okay

We looked at the mythology associated with RAW last month, that it somehow possesses magical properties that allow it to capture image quality from any brightness range, that you can get wonderful images from any exposure. That myth has set a lot of photographers down the wrong path.

Friday, April 1, 2005

Getting The Most From RAW

A valuable tool for the digital photographer, RAW must be treated with respect to maximize its benefits

Digital offers so many new choices that it can be confusing at times. Remember what it was like when we first started photographing—our choices were befuddling then, too. We had no idea of what an ƒ-stop was or why we should choose a particular ƒ-stop and shutter speed combination. And what about depth of field versus selective focus?

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The Magic Of (Custom) White Balance

Auto white balance is a useful tool, but can be limiting if it's the only white balance you use

With the popularity of digital cameras exploding, many photographers now know about white balance, yet this isn’t new technology. It began with video cameras nearly 50 years ago, when color television became common.

Monday, November 1, 2004

(Connecting) With The Subject

The digital camera helps us in making exciting, evocative images

How do you explain what makes one photograph jump out at you, grab you by the lapels and demand to be experienced? I’ve been helping a young student photographer take his images to the next level, to use today’s sports mantra. He has a passion for photography and nature, and wants to better express that in his images.

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