Archive for December, 2008

Dec 24 2008

More on D3X Files: The Correctness of Color

Posted by  Vincent Versace


I really don’t like Jpegs, really and truly. But sometimes I have no choice, as is the case today. I’m in Boston in a wonderful Hotel, Jurys a place I highly recommend, but the internet….  It seems the world Wide Web has it out for me today. I’ve tried more times than Carter has little liver pills to download NX2.1.1 no luck.

I’ve found that experience is something you get about ten seconds after you need it. If experience has taught me anything it’s always give yourself an exit strategy. Particularly when you are shooting with a new camera that has it’s own software to open the files. So I set my camera to shoot JPEG+RAW, something I never really do. So I’ve been working on JPEGs.

These are the cleanest least noise (like no noise) least JPEG artifacted (none that I could fine) files I’ve ever worked on.

But the color…. Extremely accurate, amazingly so the amount of sensor color cas (ALL camera sensors manifest this no matter who makes it) is almost zero. The move to correct for this is so slight that it has me wanting to dance in the frozen slush filed tundra know as streets of Boston.

Why this is important is simple: All artifacting is cumulative and can be exponential. Anytime you do an adjustment to a file you are introducing artifacts because you are clipping data. So the less you mess with the pixels the better everything is. Because artifacting can be exponential it is important to minimize it at the very beginning. Color cast removal is the one of if not the first thing I do to a file. The math is simple, the less to remove the less artifact the more headroom I have later if I have to make “heroic” moves in retouching.

The image here will be part of/a chapter of my next book “Return to Oz: Following the RGB Road.” It will also be a/part of a DVD lesson from Acme Educational.

Here’s the before

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Dec 23 2008

I Just Shot With The D3X In A Word: WOW!!!

Posted by Vincent Versace I had the chance to shoot with the D3x this Saturday. I will be up loading images from the shoot I did with Lilan. I really didn’t think I was going to be a fan of this camera to be honest, but after shooting with it I am a convert to why I need a 24MP in my camera arsanal. The resolution and color are astounding. I mean astounding. This is a close-up of this image, which is the JPEG I shot. Not from the .NEF it is also unt messed with. No retouching. No strobes, no special lights, just a a model and a wall at sunset with sunlight refecting off of black ashphalt.  FROM A JPEG!?!?!? If you know me at all, you don’t even need to know me well, you know how I feel about that file format.  This image is 100iso Adobe RGB Auto White Balance 70-200mmVR lens (VR is off). I’m on a Enduro carbon fiber tripod with a Really right Stuff BH-55 head. No cable release. Sheesh…… I will post more as I go both here and on Flickr.  I’m downloading the update to NX2 to read the raw files and, well the hotel internet is not cooperating. I am floored.  Will I give up my D3? No I am a huge fan of being able to shoot at 100iso and not have a care in the world about noise. For what I do when it comes to the street photography I do that is the only way to go. But for nature, landscape flowers and studio portrait….. Yeah well I can see this becoming the go to camera.

What a tool this is, is it for everybody? All I can say is it’s for me.

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Dec 23 2008

John Paul Caponigro on the Many Ways to Convert Color to Black & White

There are over 14 ways to convert color to black and white.

1    Raw Conversion
2    Convert to Grayscale
3    Convert to Lab then convert to Grayscale keeping the L channel
4    Desaturate
5    Channel Mixer
6    Black & White Adjustment Layer
7    Dual Adjustment Layers – Dual Hue / Saturation
8    Dual Adjustment Layers – Hue / Saturation with Selective Color
9    Dual Adjustment Layers – Hue / Saturation with Channel Mixer
10    Triple Adjustment Layers – 3 Channel Mixers
11    Gradient Map
12    Calculations
13    Apply Image
14    Channels as Layers

Some of these methods aren’t optimal. Some are equal. Some are superior.
Which should you use?
It depends on the image.
Sometimes a simple solution will do just as well as a complex one.
Sometimes you need the power of a more complex solution.
Here are my four favorites, ascending from simple to complex.

1    Black & White Adjustment Layer
2    Dual Adjustment Layers – Hue/Saturation and Channel Mixer
3    Triple Adjustment Layers – 3 Channel Mixers
4    Channels as Layers

Master these four techniques and you won’t need another.
And you’ll get the very best results possible.

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Dec 18 2008

The Skinny About Ink from John Paul Caponigro

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

Posted by Vincent Versace

This is from John Paul Caponigro’s blog. If don’t subscribe you should.

Maintenance tanks are used to collect waste ink during the printing process. You can’t keep printing once your maintenance tank is full. Keep one extra tank on hand. Many old maintenance tanks work with the new printers, particularly the latest printers.

Learn more at the Epson Print Academy.
Learn more in my workshops.

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.

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Dec 16 2008

Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 2.2

Download links:

  • Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 for Mac
  • Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 for Windows
  • Adobe has released an update to its Photoshop Lightroom software, available immediately as a free upgrade for existing Lightroom 2 users. Lightroom 2.2 adds raw support for seven new camera models including the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon PowerShot G10. The update also includes several refinements such as enhanced performance of the local adjustment tools.

    In addition, Adobe’s Camera Profiles are now available natively within Lightroom 2.2 and are provided automatically as part of this release. As the visual starting point for the raw processing workflow, camera profiles provide flexibility that allows photographers to quickly achieve their desired rendering.

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is essential for today’s digital photography workflow with quick options for importing, processing, managing, and showcasing images. With its second Lightroom update this fall, Adobe continues to show its commitment to the photographic community, allowing photographers to take advantage of the latest cameras and technology.

    Lightroom 2.2 supports the following additional camera models: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-G1, Panasonic DMC-FX150, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, Panasonic DMC-LX3 and Leica D-LUX 4.

    Pricing and Availability

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 is available now as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers at Lightroom 2 can be purchased through the Adobe Store at The estimated street price is USD$299 for new users with an upgrade price of USD$99 for qualifying Lightroom customers.

    For more information on Photoshop Lightroom 2 or to purchase the software, visit

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    Dec 11 2008

    Nikon has posted updaters for Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro on Mac and Windows

    Nikon has posted updaters for Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro on Mac and Windows. Which includes bug fixes, improved OS compatibility and support for the  D3X.

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