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The Digital Print

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The Digital Print by Jeff Schewe, published by Peach Press, ISBN 13 – 978-0-321-90845-2.

This book complements Schewe’s first book, ‘The Digital Negative’.  Hi first book examines the steps to process your RAW image into a photo fit for printing using either Adobe RAW, Lightroom or Photoshop, stopping short of the actual printing process that is covered in detail in his second book.

Background and printer set-up.

In The Digital Negative, Schewe first briefs about the history of digital printing and the development of the printers and the choices now currently available.  He moves on to look at how to set up your printer so that it works to it’s optimal performance with Lightroom and Photoshop using either Mac of Windows.

Schewe moves onto discussing colour management, covering both theory and practice, again recommending settings for Lightroom and Photoshop.

He then moves on to preparing your image for printing including altering colour to greyscale and half-toning and soft-proofing.

Chapter 4 is dedicated to making the print.

Chapter 5 looks at choices of papers how they are made and why they are different and how the ink works and how it interacts with the various types of paper.

Chapter 6 discusses workflow for both Lightroom and Photoshop.

This is a good book and in my opinion a must read book.  This will give you enough understanding about the mysteries of good reliable printing for either total control at home or exporting to a third-party to print.  If you have ambitions for top quality professional exhibition standard printing then this is a book to read for you to.

 

Focus at different apertures

In this exercise I set my camera on to my tripod and set up next to my local canal looking up stream and focusing on to the cleaner blue and white boat moored in the middle of the image. I used my 50mm lens providing an aperture range between f/1.8 to f/22, ISO-500, I set my camera to Aperture Priority Mode and I took three photos.

D800e 50mm f1.8 1/5000sec ISO-500 0 step

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50mm
f1.8
1/5000sec
ISO-500
0 step

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Focus with a set aperture

In this exercise I wanted to find a suitable scene showing depth and I finally settled for this steel railed fence, I took three photos from the same position focusing on different points along the length of the fence. Using my 50mm f/1.8 primary lens, I set the widest aperture f/1.8 for a shallow depth of field, 1/2000sec, ISO-100 and made an exposure compensation adjustment to +1step.
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Shutter speeds

In this exercise I set my camera up on a tripod overlooking the water pouring through the lock gates on my local canal. I set the camera to shutter priority mode and made ISO and exposure compensation adjustments as the shutter was set to slower and slower speeds.

From shutter speeds 1/8000sec, f2.8, ISO-6400; 1/4000sec, f/2.8, ISO-6400; 1/2000sec, f/4.5, ISO-6400; 1/1000sec, f/9, ISO-6400; 1/500sec, f/11, ISO- 6400, the image gives the appearance that the water has been frozen in time.
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Panning with different shutter speeds

Hand holding and panning my camera; using my standard 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, I took a number of photos of speeding cars using different shutter speeds starting from 1/8000sec down to 2 seconds to see how the shutter speed affects the image. I set up halfway down a sloped road and from the opposite side of the road I took my photographs of the passing cars as they passed me travelling at 40 mph. I set autofocus to continues focussing; I used the shutter priority mode to automatically adjust aperture with each new shutter speed, I also had to make compensations with the exposure compensation feature and re-adjust the ISO as the shutter got towards the slowest settings I also had to add a polarizing filter to the lens in order to help shut out some of the light as I didn’t have a neutral grey “stopper” filter.

Working from the fastest shutter speed the lowest, from 1/8000sec to 1/1000sec there appears to be no sign of motion from the wheels of the cars or from background. Therefore at these settings the subjects appear to have been stationary at the moment the shot was taken as there appears to be no sign or reference to movement from any of these images. (Exposure 0 step, ISO 320)
1/8000sec @ f/2.2,
1/4000sec @ f/3.2,
1/2000 @ f/4.5,
1/1000sec @ f/6.3.
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Focal length and angle of view

My first outdoor photography exercise was to take 1 – 3 photos of a scene as seen both through the lens and the naked eye and to take 3 photos one matching my normal field of vision, one at a much wider angle to my normal field of vision and then one at a much narrower field of vision.  Having found a subject to photograph and a spot to take my photos from I set my camera up on my tripod to eye level and locked it tight so that the camera body didn’t move from its position whilst changing lenses. Continue reading