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Sunday, August 9, 2015

More Special EFX Fun

Remember all the fun we used to have in darkrooms? Besides getting everything just right for a great final print, sometimes we wanted to play around.

We could solarize or posterize our images. We could print an interneg and reprint a negative print. We could shoot infrared film and develop for either a positive or negative. All were very fun things to do. Also very labor intensive and time consuming.

In the Digital Age, we can do those same things. And we even seem to have some more real control of the process. Many imaging programs allow conversion to B&W, B&W Infrared, and other special effects.

I took a few images I've posted before and played around with the Special Effects tools in a couple of different programs. 

Here are the originals:

And here are some special effects versions:





What images do you have that you want to play with? Don't hold back, get them up on your computer and try it out! Be bold or be subtle. Any way you do it, it's all simply one more fun thing you can do in digital photography.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fun With Scans

If you're like me, some of your favorite pics from "way back" are in albums. Cool, but, where are the negs?

A lot of my 'serious' stuff, and most of my non portrait pro work through the years is as chromes or slides. But, a lot of good photos came about as I was just playing or on vacation, loaded with colour neg film. 

Films such as Kodacolor and Fujicolor had excellent colour rendition and quite a lot of exposure latitude. So, I could leave my camera on an auto setting, or just use the Sunny 16 Rule and concentrate on having fun. I knew I would still get some nice pics from that approach.

But, after 30 years, where are those old negatives? I had been storing mine but a flood (and the mold later) took away a lot of those old film negatives. I still have some high quality prints, tho, so I scanned them.

Scan them yourself using your all-in-one from HP or Canon or whatever, and you're likely to get an editable jpeg file of about 2 to 5 MP to work with. Clean up the dust, either in a PS type program or using the scanner's dust settings. Of course, a high end scanner, a photo specific scanner, or a scanning service will give even better results, but any of us with an scanner of any kind can still play.

I found an old pic from 1979 of the Brooklyn Bridge that I did, so I started with that:

raw scan

This is from a low price Canon all-in-one. The original photo was shot on a Kodak Pony from the 1950s.

So, now we clean it up a bit. Straighten, adjust the faded print colours, etc... Since it's a jpeg of a print, I don't have a whole lot of info to work with (as I would with a RAW file or large/fine jpeg), but I had enough. Here is the retouched pic:

Have some old pics you want to share on Facebook? Feel like playing around to tweak your PhotoShop skills? Just like your old stuff and want to look at it on your computer/tablet/phone? Then, scan your old prints!

Here is some playing I did with this file, converting it to B & W:

Black & White


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm Married To A Model

I got to shoot for a banner highlighting the joys of dairy products, esp MILK!

They wanted a generic female getting milk. Yeay! I'm married to a female. Tho she's not generic, she still counts.

So, yes, we had to provide a Model Release and everything.

Yep, I'm married to a model.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


One of my favorite technical exercises with film photography was reading the film's (or paper's) gamma and replotting how certain exposure and developing systems could adjust it.

Similar control is available to digital imagers. In your camera's tech specs is the dynamic range of the sensor at different ISOs. Raw and JPEG. You may have to go onto a tech support web site (fan based or manufacturer) to get some of the info. As many variables exist in digital as in film. Just different ways to express them.

 An understanding of what your camera equipment is doing is essential to being after craft the specifics of your photographic vision. Thankfully, today's processes make it pretty easy to accomplish this.

Here are some nice resources: 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Amazon Cloud Drive

Get ready for this. Amazon is offering a very low priced Cloud Drive service. And the limit is, are you sitting down? No Limit.

No Limit! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My High ISO Test

I've been using a couple of Nikon APS-C format cameras for several years now. 

My newest is the consumer level model D3200. It's 18x24mm sensor has a pixel count of 24.1 meg. At regular ISO levels and in a variety of situations, it delivers some of the sharpest images I have ever seen in my own work. 

One of the things I had yet to try out, tho, was the high ISO mode.