Monday, March 21, 2005
Central Park Rink
One of the reasons to become a RAW fanatic is that: a) your skills
change and b) the tools change. I'm at a point where it is very
easy to look through the myriad of captures with C1 in grayscale mode,
and as if you are on a light table pluck the good from the bad.
This was done straight through C1 output to grayscale. It is from
ages ago in digital time (Dec. 29th 2004).
This morning I began to get past all the fiddling with the camera
(where is that button, why did it do that?); exposure tests; white
balance tests; new software tests, and began to feel comfortable with
the camera. I liked the feel of the camera from the beginning but
the exposures were driving me nuts until I decoupled the exposure from
the focus. And there were a couple of times over the past few
days (how long has it been?) when I was searching for a button, often
in the dark. The only gripe I have: why don't they show the ISO
on the top LCD screen? C'mon - that is crazy. Anyway, I
shot through a 1 gig card at the reservoir with only a couple of
I'm starting to give b&w digital photography lessons. It's on an individual basis for several reasons:
1) I am not organized enough to get a bunch of people together at the same time, esp. photographers
2) I'm more comfortable doing this one-on-one
3) You can't fit more than 2 people in the apartment.
I will at some point put up a more formal description of what goes on but it seems to go like this:
I don't think that I can teach how to take a good picture since I don't
know that myself, but I can take you through the technical
black-and-white workflow from initial capture to final print. I
can even let you take one of my raw files (unprocessed) show you the
final print I came up with and guide you through the intermediate steps.
The innards deal with IMAGEPrint, Some Photoshop Techniques if you need
them (layering / blending layers), color management, exposure, RAW
conversion etc. Soup to nuts, depending on what you need.
The price is $50 an hour, which is about what a guitar lesson costs on
the Upper East Side. I've been doing this informally - and I'll
put some more information up about it after I've gone through a few
The requirements: you need to at least have the demo version of
IMAGEPrint, Photoshop, a camera that can record RAW images, and a
notebook to write all this stuff down in, or you can bring your laptop
It's funny how it began - because I was giving my neice guitar lessons
and was enjoying it a lot. Then I began, out of the blue, to get
requests for digital lessons. Let's see how it goes.
Barrett sent me this link about the new Epson R1800
Here's one review: photo-i
If you're interested, skip to the section of the review on monochrome
and you'll see the same issues you have without using a RIP.
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I bought the PhaseOne C1 software ($99 lite edition). There are a couple of things that sold me on it:
- it really works well processing in the background without hogging all
the machine memory. I'm writing this now while it is generating
previews etc. I have Photoshop open and can work in it at the
same time as C1 is doing its thing.
- The grayscale viewing. Makes it very easy for me to see what is going to work and what isn't.
- The interface is great at saving screen space. Certain stuff
sits on the side until you need it, or slides out from the side when
you move the mouse over it and then goes back.
- It is just very easy to use, especially if you are applying your own
custom white card settings etc. to a batch at a time. (Again, you
can do the same thing in the Adobe Raw Converter but not as
- Naming conventions can be set (easily). Again (you can do this with batch processing in PS - I think).
I really can't comment on whether it does "the best" conversion out
there - or even what that means. If you are a rich person and
money means nothing to you - I would probably go for the Pro Edition
for the simple reason that you can downsize files, and set it to output
for different destinations at the same time, i.e. one for the web and
one for print. With the lite edition you can do this, but not at
one shot. And you cannot downsize the image, although you can
Oh, that's it for now folks. I have a couple of print orders to
package today, and then I hope to do some more shooting, or maybe just
sit here and trash a bunch of raw files that have accumulated with all
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