January 12, 2015 - Editing, Printing, and Display

by Francine Way


Let me preface today's Photo Corner blog with a comment that this author did a much better job in previous chapters. The image editing chapter left me unsatisfied and wanting more details. Though it highlights what a photographer can & usually do in Photoshop, it majorly glosses over details on how these actions can be carried out. Not too different from being taken to a candy store, then told that you can't have much of the candies. Also, the version of Photoshop in the book is older than the one I downloaded last week, rendering some confusion over the different user interfaces. That said, the printing & display chapter is pretty good and have step-by-step instructions. 

Chapter 5 intends to educate its readers on creating a photographic workflow, introduce image editing using Photoshop, and go over aspects of copyright protection. The high-level introduction  of concepts such as Levels, Curves, Selections, Layers, Retouching, Sharpening, Compositing, and Filtering were laid out with the before and after picture nicely. The workflow checklist on page 110 is pretty good. There is no project in this chapter, but I decided to make one up for a situation that I encounter pretty often: brightening up a dark picture (page 97). Below are the pictures that I took to complete this project:

Regular

Regular

Darkened (with Curves)

Darkened (with Curves)

Chapter 6 intends to educate its readers on selecting the right equipment & materials to print & display photographs, the importance of proofing (test-printing) before the final print, and styles of matting & framing for presentation. I agree with the author's comment that proofing is important, especially as someone who has been burned by expensive printing cost before. There is no project in this chapter and I did not make up one since I have matted & framed many prints before. I would suggest the exercises on pages 124 through 127 to those new to matting & framing.