The Digital Photo-Lab: Advanced Black-and-White Techniques Using Photoshop

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Did you know everything you can do in a darkroom you can do on a computer--only more easily and quickly? Digital developing gives you total power over tonal control and contrast variation, and you can even burn and dodge in areas that are next to impossible any other way. Split-contrast printing, infrared photography, posterization, special effects: all the tricks of the darkroom craft are possible with a greater freedom and ease. If black-and-white (and monotone) photography is your chosen medium, here's the ...
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Overview

Did you know everything you can do in a darkroom you can do on a computer--only more easily and quickly? Digital developing gives you total power over tonal control and contrast variation, and you can even burn and dodge in areas that are next to impossible any other way. Split-contrast printing, infrared photography, posterization, special effects: all the tricks of the darkroom craft are possible with a greater freedom and ease. If black-and-white (and monotone) photography is your chosen medium, here's the ultimate guide to taking full advantage of the digital revolution. Go through the tools, explore different technical options, and learn how to retouch and restore. Written by the editor of Shutterbug magazine, it will open new creative doors and reveal how to bring out the beauty of your work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883403751
  • Publisher: Silver Pixel Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Calibration, Setup, and Materials 11
Calibrating Your Monitor 12
Contrast and Color Cast 12
Procedure 13
Setting Up Your Printer 14
Tonal Values 14
Shadow Detail 14
Creating a Step Wedge 14
Acquiring an Image 15
Image Sources for Black-and-White/Duotone Printing 15
Digital Cameras 17
Digital Scan Backs 17
Photo CD and Picture CD 18
Scanners 19
Flatbed Scanners 20
Film Scanners 22
Drum Scanners 22
Scanning by Photo Labs 22
Resolution and Output Specs 23
Scanner Ratings 23
Making the Calculations 23
It's All Relative 25
Getting the Best Output 26
Saving and Opening Scans 27
Creating Contact Sheets 27
Paper 28
Types of Paper 28
Silver Gelatin and Digital Processes 29
Choosing a Paper 30
Paper Handling and Storage 30
Matching Paper and Printer Settings 30
Ink 31
Mixing and Using Inks 31
Grayscale or RGB? 31
Duotone Mode 32
Metamerism 32
Drydown 32
Longevity 33
Let's Get to Work! 33
Image Workshops 35
Variations 36
Contrast 38
Workshop 1 Contrast Basics 38
Workshop 2 Contrast Control Using Levels 41
Workshop 3 Working with Flat Negatives 44
Workshop 4 High-Key Effects 46
Workshop 5 Color Conversions 48
Workshop 6 Tonal Blending 50
Burning and Dodging 53
Workshop 1 Burning and Dodging Basics 55
Workshop 2 Exploring Burn and Dodge Controls 56
Workshop 3 Enhancing Infrared Photos 60
Workshop 4 Selective Tonal Control 64
Selection Tools 66
Workshop 1 Color Range Selections 67
Workshop 2 Magic Wand 70
Workshop 3 Magnetic Lasso 73
Workshop 4 Elliptical Marquee 76
Workshop 5 Polygonal Lasso 79
Retouching and Restoration 81
Workshop 1 Minor Restoration 82
Workshop 2 Glass Plate Negatives 85
Workshop 3 Restoring Faded Photographs 88
Workshop 4 Retouching 91
Workshop 5 Retouching Scratched Slides 92
Creative Options 94
Workshop 1 Duotone and Tritone 94
Workshop 2 Detailed Subject 98
Workshop 3 Blending with Soft Light 101
Workshop 4 Converting Color Photographs to Black and White 104
Workshop 5 Tonal Controls 107
Workshop 6 Infrared Simulation 112
Refining the Image 115
Workshop 1 Subtle Tonal Corrections 115
Workshop 2 Correcting for Overexposed Highlights 119
Workshop 3 Discontinuous Tonal Borders 122
Workshop 4 Converting Colorization Using the Channel Mixer 125
Workshop 5 Creating Visual Drama 128
Workshop 6 Adjusting Contrast 130
Workshop 7 Heightening Effects 132
Workshop 8 Interpretive Alterations 135
Emulations and Effects 138
Workshop 1 Albumen Print 139
Workshop 2 Brown Tone 141
Workshop 3 Cyanotype 143
Workshop 4 Hand Coloring 146
Workshop 5 Metallic Toning 149
Workshop 6 Paper Negatives 152
Workshop 7 Platinum/Palladium Prints 154
Workshop 8 Sepia Tone 156
Workshop 9 Modernist Approach 159
Workshop 10 Softening the Image 161
Workshop 11 Creating Mood 164
Workshop 12 Obscuring Details 168
Workshop 13 Gravure 170
Workshop 14 Electrifying an Image 174
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