Printing From Film In The Digital Age
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Printing From Film In The Digital Age

June 4, 2007 | By George Lepp

As of late, I don’t seem to be getting any quality prints from my slides. I’ve tried different labs and I’m still getting poor quality. The prints aren’t even close to what I’m seeing at the light table. Colors aren’t saturated, images aren’t sharp, etc. I’m still using the same Fujichrome Velvia and my techniques haven’t changed. My labs don’t seem to give me any answers. I’m shooting digitally as well, but is it possible that, in this digital age, printing processes have changed? Do labs not want to deal with slides anymore?

Close-Up Sharpness
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Close-Up Sharpness

June 1, 2007 | By George Lepp
The Truth Is In The Details • Make It A Hard Drive • Times Two • When To Use IS • Airports And Cameras • Res It Up
Keeping It Simple
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Keeping It Simple

May 1, 2007 | By George Lepp
Sticking With Film • Simpler Digital • Accessories • Simpler Image Handling • Beyond Simple
Big Images From Digital Cameras
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Big Images From Digital Cameras

April 1, 2007 | By George Lepp
Digital Blowup • Lasting Impressions • Size Matters • Put Your Best Print Forward • How Much Space?
When And How To Sharpen
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When And How To Sharpen

March 26, 2007 | By George Lepp

Most professionals recommend sharpening a digital image before printing. I like a sharp image and use either a tripod or flash to improve the capture results. I feel using sharpening prior to printing makes the final print, in some cases, look unnatural. Why do the professionals use sharpening, and should I be using it?

Showing It Right
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Showing It Right

March 19, 2007 | By George Lepp

I’m giving a program to a large camera club next month. What information do I need to give them in preparation for my showing my images? I want it to come off looking professional, but I’ve never done this before.

Closer And Bigger
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Closer And Bigger

March 12, 2007 | By George Lepp

I’m using a Nikon D70 with 60mm and 105mm Micro-Nikkor lenses for wildflower photography. Lately, I’ve become interested in lichen photography, which sometimes requires magnification up to 2X or 3X life-size. I don’t believe that extension tubes will work with the digital camera. Do I need to go back to my film cameras? Or is the alternative to use the Canon system with a Digital Rebel and the MP-E65/2.8 1X to 5X macro lens?

Medium-Format Scans
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Medium-Format Scans

March 5, 2007 | By George Lepp

I have many film images on 35mm and even more on 6x7cm film. I could never afford to get very many drum-scanned and printed. I want all the detail I’m used to seeing in prints from 6×7 images. That’s why I moved to 6×7 in the first place. I note that Epson has a flatbed, V750-M PRO, that William Neill now uses, and Nikon has the 9000 ED desktop scanner for medium-format film that you’ve used. I’m looking to print my 6×7 images at 16×20 or 20×24. Will either of these scanners serve my needs?

 

The Saturated Digital Image
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The Saturated Digital Image

March 1, 2007 | By George Lepp
Color Saturation In Digital Images • Pro Time • Long Lens Protection • Digital Projection
Digital Basics For Outdoor Photography
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Digital Basics For Outdoor Photography

January 1, 2007 | By George Lepp
Image Capture • Optimize • LCD Viewing • Share
White Balance
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White Balance

December 11, 2006 | By George Lepp

I’ve heard conflicting recommendations on where to set the white balance on my digital camera. Some sources advise the use of automatic white balance; others say to use a different white-balance setting for each specific light source. What do you think?

 

Big Suns
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Big Suns

December 4, 2006 | By George Lepp

I’ve always enjoyed dramatic landscapes featuring a big sun. What kind of lens should I use to achieve this effect?

 

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Infrared Photography
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Infrared Photography

December 1, 2006 | By George Lepp
IR Possibilities • Flying With Photo Gear • LCD Viewing • Image Compatibility • Brightness/Contrast Methodology • Sensors & Wide-Angles
Photographers In Harm’s Way
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Photographers In Harm’s Way

November 1, 2006 | By George Lepp
How Far To Go For The Ultimate Photograph? • Reciprocity Compared • Digital Black-And-White • Snowy Details
Understanding Neutral Density
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Understanding Neutral Density

October 30, 2006 | By George Lepp

I’ve noticed a lot of different types of neutral-density filters. Could you describe them and talk about how to use the various kinds?

Making It Sharp
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Making It Sharp

October 23, 2006 | By George Lepp

I have a Tamron 28-300 lens that I’ve been using with great success on my film camera. When I use it on my newer digital camera, there’s a softness to the images. Is the lens not good for my digital camera? Is there another lens as versatile as the 28-300mm that would give me tack-sharp images?

Handling Condensation From Temperature Changes
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Handling Condensation From Temperature Changes

October 1, 2006 | By George Lepp
Condensation And The Camera • Save, And Save Again • Scanning Formats • Are LCDs Worth Their Color? • Sensor Cleaning • Just Blowin' In The Wind
Exposing In RAW
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Exposing In RAW

September 25, 2006 | By George Lepp

Digital cameras have a linear response to light. Adobe, in its tutorials on Camera Raw, suggests “exposing to the right” in order to maximize the midtones and shadow information recorded by the camera. What’s the best practice you suggest, and how does one go about determining the right “exposure” when using Raw capture?

Exposing For Silhouettes
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Exposing For Silhouettes

September 11, 2006 | By George Lepp

I’m fascinated by strong silhouettes with the sun in the background when it’s partially or totally obscured by foreground objects, such as trees. For example, in your picture of the Baobab tree from Africa at sunset, the tree is dark, yet detail is maintained in the tips of the branches, and there’s beautiful color in the sunset. What’s the secret to maintaining detail, while at the same time obtaining a proper exposure and rich colors? So far I’ve simply been bracketing like crazy and hoping for the best.

One Size Fits All
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One Size Fits All

September 4, 2006 | By George Lepp

You mentioned the Singh-Ray variable neutral-density filter (Vari-ND) in a previous OP column. If I have my information correct, it appears to be made only in a 77mm mount. I don’t know if I can find an adapter to mount it on my lenses with smaller filter sizes, but if I can, will it work properly with such an adapter?

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