Optimizing Images for Publication
Sep 2014 11

Join our discussion where we’ll cover image selection, basic editing for color and tonality, fundamental retouching, basic multi-image layout and design, optimizing output images for resolution and sharpness, and more. We’ll also discuss managing color on the computer you use for image editing and communicating effectively with print/publishing houses.

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Hernan Rodriguez: Celebrity Photo Shoot With Eddie Griffin
Sep 2014 10

When shooting celebrities, even though you may know them or are comfortable with the talent, you still need to make certain you create a good flow, with smooth transitions from set to set. They are most often in a very tight schedule, and keeping your sets pre-lit, helps them just step in and be part of the shoot. Part of this process is always having the proper white balance calibration for each set.

Eddie Griffin, my subject for this shoot, is a funny guy. I’ve been photographing Eddie’s personal work now for the past five years, and every time it’s a hoot. I let him do his own thing, and I just simply sit back and record the session, click by click.

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C. David Tobie: Hyperlapse, and What it Means for Serious Shooters
Sep 2014 04

There is a lot of hype, if you’ll excuse the pun, about hyperlapse at the moment. That’s due to two recent announcements: one from Microsoft, in the form of a Hyperlapse Whitepaper and video sample, and the other from Instagram, who has released a hyperlapse iPhone App.

But first, in case you have been on safari for the last few weeks, and have never heard of hyperlapse, a quick definition: Hyperlapse can mean simply shooting time lapse with a moving camera. But here we are referring to a technique to stabilize action video capture, while reducing frame rate. The result is time lapse (high speed video) that is very smooth, even if the original video was very jumpy.

The question for the serious photographer is: what does hyperlapse mean to me, and should I be investigating it for my own work? The answer to this takes several forms. Lets start with those of you already shooting time lapse.

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David Cardinal: Nikon D810 Raises the Bar for Image Quality: Still Benefits from SpyderCheckr 24® Calibration
Aug 2014 27

While the Nikon D810 is not a massive upgrade from its predecessor, the Nikon D800 (e-version), the sensor has been tweaked for improved color and dynamic range. The result is apparent in test results – with DxOMark rating it a new record 97, compared to 95 – and in images. I’ve been able to shoot in a variety of challenging lighting situations with excellent results. Similarly, images from the camera show excellent color, even before being corrected. Even starting from such an excellent base, there’s room for further improvement with a SpyderCHECKR-based profile, which we’ll cover later in the article. While even the D810 can’t create detail where there is none in the white sky, it is good enough to keep the detail in the shaded flowerbed in front, while also showing detail in the sunlit buildings in the background – all with no exposure compensation.

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