Diary; July 22nd 2020 – Shadow

This will be a two-for today as I am going to discuss the darker values of an image and introduce our temporary house guest, Shadow. How's that for a nice Seg-way? Probably the print values I seem to have the most trouble with are in the darker tonalities, usually the where I need some absolute... Continue Reading →

Purple Fringe

A quick shout-out about my discovery of purple fringe and what to do about controlling it, which is not to be confused with the song Purple Rain. Although humming Purple Rain while working on this digital manifestation I find does seem to help reduce stress. As a black and white film photographer who has incorporated digital color... Continue Reading →

Event Photography – Theater

Last night we had an opportunity to photograph the cast of A Christmas Carol, the Dicken's play that is an annual performance at the South Coast Repertory (SCR) located in Costa Mesa, CA. Parents and friends of the cast were permitted to photograph everyone after the earlier 7:30pm performance. We were there due to our... Continue Reading →

Solving Crunchy photographs – part 2

San Diego, January 2017 (Middle Ground) copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale Back in early August, I was lamenting over some "crunchy" looking photographs and what I thought was the resolution to my problems. Now I am pretty sure I was not quite right, but nevertheless close since in fact I was very much over-sharpening my JPEG... Continue Reading →

Solving “Crunchy” photographs

Seaweed, San Clemente beach, June 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale A month ago I was discussing about my on-going summer beach series that I was posting on Instagram and when I was looking at the resulting print from this post, it appeared kind of "crunchy" (below). The foreground where the seaweed was has some odd halos and the... Continue Reading →

Revising Black and White Conversion workflow

Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale In my last post discussing my evaluation of a new work flow for Photoshop CC, what was implied, but not really stated was that one of the key CC attributes under evaluation was the conversion of my color digital photographic files to Black and White... Continue Reading →

Revising my Photoshop workflow

Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale Late last year I moved from Photoshop CS3 to the Adobe Photoshop subscription CC (aka the 2015 version). A bit of new CC changes were in the way the RAW Browes/converter looked and functioned; a few of the controls were not so obvious to obtain... Continue Reading →

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