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Learn how to make the light work for you

One thing about being into photography; you quickly realize that there’s a lot to learn from other photographers.

A subject that’s always challenged me has been the concept of making light work for me rather than forcing me to adapt to the demands of the light sources.

Learning from other photographers through their lighting diagrams has helped me better understand how a particular tool (reflector, barn doors, snoot, etc) should be used to get a specific result.

And recently, I found some things that let me work through the thinking exercise needed to create better-lit images.
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Digital Images – Digital Darkroom – Part two

Earlier this week I started this series by looking at my digital photography workflow as applied to image acquisition (taking the picture). Today I’m going to look at what I do with the image in my mobile photo studio, my iPad Darkroom, if you will.

I’ve got the image, now what?
Taking the photo is just the starting point. Once you have a neat image, you can easily make it stronger by carefully applying modern digital darkroom techniques.

In my case, I shoot on a Digital SLR (Panasonic Lumix FZ-30), or a Canon Powershot Point-and-shoot.

On the FZ-30, I shoot RAW+jpg, which potentially gives me the most digital information to work with in the digital darkroom. The Canon gives me .jpg so I have to take what I can get.

I say potentially because currently, only a few apps support (or are planning to support) RAW. Editing a .jpg is adequate, but not optimal.
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Digital Images – Digital Darkroom – Part One


Something about working on the iPad to edit and share my images reminds me of the fun I had with the wet-film-paper workflow that used to be the norm in film-based darkrooms.

For me, the act of capturing the image with a camera is only one part, the first part, of the creative process.

What to shoot?
Sure, without the initial image, all the cool darkroom tricks are meaningless — take a picture of a white sheet of paper and see how cool it looks with a sepia filter applied, or a Hipster grain. Interesting subject matter is essential.
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