Most photographers acknowledge the importance of calibrating their monitor. Calibrating their printer is also generally accepted practice among those who print their own images. But many photographers ignore the all-important first step of calibrating their camera. In a well-managed, digital workflow, camera calibration is of equal importance to the monitor and printer. Until recently camera calibration was a process not much understood by many photographers. The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport has taken the mystery out of camera calibration for those photographers using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom and capturing images using RAW.
RAW vs. JPEG Think of RAW files as if they were the digital equivalent of a film negative. Think of JPEG files as if they were prints for distribution. You would not think of passing your negatives around to all your friends. On the other hand, like a print, the JPEG is the easiest format in which to distribute a digital image. A RAW file requires the photographer to prepare the recorded image for viewing, because a RAW file contains everything recorded on the camera sensor. The better the camera and optics the better the RAW file. A JPEG contains Read more »
Lightroom 3: A Quick Tour While many photographers, myself included, use both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, the only program all photographers need is Lightroom 3. The reason is that LR will perform the all-important tasks of storing, cataloging, and retrieving images, while providing all of the critical tools necessary for color correcting, retouching, and sharpening an image in order to prepare it for distribution via print, disk, or web. Photoshop is both necessary and desirable for photographers who like to manipulate images. For example, if you want to create an image of flying fish over New York City, PS is Read more »