concern will probably be equipment, summarized below in What
you'll need. More detail can be found in the
following pages. |
(devices for digitizing film) explains scanner specifications and
the different types. Includes a list of film and flatbed scanners. A
to use them.
cameras describes the key features that affect
a table of some of the better models and links to sites with detailed
printers describes high quality inkjet photo
the Epson Ultrachrome series (the Stylus Photo 2200, etc.).
EOS-10D Digital SLR This outstanding 6.3 megapixel
will be of particular interest to those of you shopping for a high
FS4000US 4000 dpi 35mm film scanner is an excellent
scanning 35mm film. Nikon and Minolta also make excellent scanners.
2450 and 3200 flatbed scanners and their successors
are excellent for medium format
and 4x5. The resolution isn't quite up to snuff for 35mm, but it keeps
|Basic concepts. You
will need to be familiar with the concepts of light, color, and digital
imaging. Like much of this site, these pages go into
technical depth. Don't worry if you don't grasp everything at first;
can always return. |
& color introduces the basic concepts of
colors as well as the HSV and HSL color models used for image editing.
images, and file formats
introduces the fundamental concepts of digital images, how their size
resolution is specified, and how they are stored.
technique covers photographic vision, cameras,
bags, film, filters, and panoramic photography. It also has a section
simplified zone system explains how to expose film
information. (It's less relevant to digital cameras, where histograms
are used to determine exposure.)
|Setup and calibration.
Once you have the basic equipment-- digital camera and/or scanner,
and image editing software, you will need to set it up and calibrate
calibration is a critical step.
calibration explains how to get your
prints to match the
images on your calibrated monitor, without and with ICC color
heart making fine prints, and it's probably the one that requires the
learning curve, apart from color management. As you'll soon see I'm not
a fan of Photoshop. |
Window Pro is a powerful program that's much less
Photoshop, and easier to learn and use. I describe it briefly below.
image editing illustrates the basics of image
editing, using PW
Pro as an example.
editing with Picture Window Pro introduces PW Pro
a number of techniques, including making masks, contrast masking, and
you've covered the basics you may want to explore these pages.
& White, matting and framing presents
excellent Black & White prints with color inkjet printers.
techniques for matting and framing prints.
quality and dynamic range in digital cameras explains
how to achieve ultimate tonal quality and access the hidden dynamic
from images captured with digital cameras.
and inks describes specialized ink sets (mostly for
fine art papers. You should start out with inks and papers recommended
by the printer manufacturer. But you may eventually want to look
Management isn't necessary for beginners. You can
prints without it. But if you want to print on third-party fine art
refine the match between your monitor and printer, or send out image
to be printed, you'll need it. It involves a significant learning curve.
image sharpness and MTF is a series of articles
that cover a
of image quality-related topics, including sharpness in lenses, film, scanners,
and digital cameras,
as well as testing
lenses, depth of
field, and grain.