Figure 3:  Gamma level histograms with logarithmic vertical axis.

A Better Histogram

The photo-histogram is probably the most ubiquitous exposure tool in digital photography; that is, short light metering itself.  It has been with us more than 25 years, and it hasn’t changed much.  The histograms we are familiar with are calculated from transformed...

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I made this image using an old Rolleiflex on 120 Tri-X film shot in about 1986. I store my negatives in archival sleeves, yet time and tide do take a toll. After scanning this image in 2010 I brought it into Photoshop and added grain and did some easy burn work with a soft brush to deepen the sky and mood.

The Scanning Project

Part 1 Like many folks who made photos during the film days, I disassembled my darkroom years back. I contributed the equipment to schools that still teach the chemical craft. Yet, I still had boxes and sleeves with transparencies and black and...

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Seeing in Black & White

 “Why black and white?” That is the question we are most often asked about our photography. Not a question with an easy answer – or answers. Our love goes back to early black and white films (think early Alfred Hitchcock or Orson...

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The New Epson Legacy Textured Paper

  Epson recently released this fifth offering in the Legacy paper series. Epson’s description of this paper, as mentioned on the B&H website, says: “(Epson) Legacy Textured Paper is a pure white, 100% cotton-fiber paper with a highly textured surface and a...

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Have Blimp, Will Travel

Iden Ford, Member Of The Cinematographers Guild of North America, Local IA667.   That used to be the “shout out” to all the publicists and producers who hire set photographers for their feature films and TV series produced in Ontario, both Northern...

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