We are all looking forward to a “return to normal” as Covid-19 is wrestled to the ground. We seem to get hit in the face repeatedly as we wrestle though. But I’m confident that eventually, there will be no Covid-19 driven restrictions.
But the world has changed, and normal just won’t be that. We see signs of it everywhere – job postings that are not filled because potential employees are afraid of being in service industries, chip shortages, no trucks to ship products, no fresh produce, gas prices that are ridiculously high, more and more people working from home, and my favourite, cameras that are announced one day and cancelled the next.
Continue reading “The World Has Changed”
One of the areas that frustrates me in photography is adjusting a photograph that is “noisy”. Even with dedicated tools, I find it hard to make any meaningful improvement in the quality of the photographs I adjust. My noisy photographs seem destined to be noisy. When I adjust the sliders, the edges I want to be crisp and clear are often muted, while the remainder seems unaffected. Not at all the outcome I want.
Even more baffling is sharpening. Related to but opposite in intent to managing noise, applying sharpening leaves me even more puzzled, since I often see little to no change in my photograph. And then there’s import sharpening vs. creative sharpening vs. export sharpening. Sharpening for screen vs. sharpening for print.
How to make sense of it all? Continue reading “Too Noisy? – Adjusting the “Volume””
One of the most confusing parts of photo editing for me is finding simple definitions for some of the concepts inherent in photo editing software. Things like layers, blend modes and opacity, which are concepts many people ask about. But also the difference between pixel layers, raster layers, adjustment layers, and fill layers.
What are filters and why are they separate from adjustments? And what the heck is rasterizing anyway? Or the difference between “rasters” and “vectors”? And what is “rendering”? And of course, the single most important concept – non-destructive vs. destructive editing.
Despite shooting for many years, I stumble my way through explaining these concepts. So I finally went looking for the real answers. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. But I persevered. Here’s what I found. Continue reading “The Meaning of Life (ok, not quite)”