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Robert passed away in July of 2009. The website is being maintained by his son, Alex; it is being left largely unchanged.


Tips for better picture making

Solving the White Balance Problem

How you adjust the white balance in a photograph depends on your goals. Do you want to make things look "normal" or do you want to capture the color of the light? I explain the difference.

A better way to boost saturation

The Photoshop saturation tool is quick and easy, but doesn't produce the best results. I show a better way to enhance colors for printed output.

Seeing into the Shadows

The wide lattitude of modern films and digital cameras allows us to preserve the full range of brightness, if we wish. Seeing into the shadows is now an aesthetic choice.

Using Curves to Enhance Image Appearance

Don't settle for automatic adjustments in your digital camera or image editing software.

Using Blur for Creative Adjustments

Some deliberate manipulations may make a picture better able to capture the mood of the scene.

Photographing "Impossible" Lighting Conditions

Using multiple exposures to capture brightness ranges too great for film.

Capturing High Contrast Scenes

Use editing masks with modern color negative films and scanners to see the whole scene.

Fixing Overexposed Images

Darkening overexposed portions of wide gamut scenes.

Getting Rid of the "Blues"

Altering shadows to appear more natural

Selective Sharpening

Enhancing appearance by sharpening different areas of a picture with separate settings.

Finding "Invisible" Detail

Revealing important parts of an image which are hard to see.

Using Color Film to Make Black and White Prints

Black and White negative film is "obsolete"! Here's why.

Some Perspectives on Perspective

Adjusting perspective improves architectural images.

More Fun with Perspective

Create novel results by adjusting perspective

Photoshop Web Photo Gallery Formatting

How to add HTML markup to your gallery captions

Photoshop Overlays and Filters

How to use curves to achieve gradient adjustments without overlays

Tips for panoramic and wide-angle photographers

Getting rid of cylindrical panoramic "smiles"

Correcting perspective and distortion in a swing lens picture by means of Panoramic Tools Filter

Getting rid of cylindrical panoramic "barrel" distortion

Correcting barrel distortion in a swing lens picture by means of Panoramic Tools Filter

Panoramic Images Really are Different!

Why point-and-shoot "panoramic" pictures aren't.

Combining Panoramic Images in Photoshop 

How to use masks to smooth the transition between overlapped images when making panoramas

Comparing Ultrawide-Angle and Panoramic Images

Can an ultrawide angle picture be considered panoramic? Comparisons to a swing-lens camera and transformations are shown.

Comparing Ultrawide-Angle and Cylindrical Interactive 360 Panoramas

Immersive panoramas compared. Please be patient while they load!

Fixing Vignetting of Ultrawide Angle Images

Two series of steps to compensate for darkened corners in wide angle images.

Fixing Vignetting of 16bit (or 8 bit) Ultrawide Angle Images

A more advanced set of steps to compensate for darkened corners in wide angle images when editing in 8 or 16 bit mode

Tips for better printed output

Unsatisfied with your prints?

It may not be your fault. Make prints better than the photofinisher.

Making a "Picture Frame"

Adding a 3D frame around an image.

Optimizing Sharpening for Printed Images  

Using the correct sharpening techniques to enhance detail in printed images.

Better Monochrome Prints with Inkjet Printers 

How to use color overlays to give a tint to a printed image or remove a color cast

Restoring Faded Slides  

How to fix faded originals without specialized software.

A Photoshop Workflow for Inkjet Prints

A simplified series of steps to make your inkjet prints look like your screen images.

Use Photoshop for creative color adjustments

Digital editing allows you to make subtle artistic decisions.

Theoretical discussions and scanner issues

Scanning Black and White Negatives

Overcoming scanner limitations with low-contrast originals.

High resolution scanners give new life to film

Scan film to make prints better than possible with conventional darkroom techniques

Oversampling or Overscanning to improve image quality 

How scanners can improve the quality of an image by scanning beyond real resolution.

High Bit Scanning

Improving image gradation by using all the bits your scanner can capture.
(See the tip below for a newer discussion)

More on High Bit Scanning

Getting around selection limitations in Photoshop 7 with high bit images. (Not needed in Photoshop CS)

Is 16 bit image capture and editing necessary?

See if the use of higher bit depth images produce a better final product.

Is scanner multisampling necessary?

Does multisampling reduce scanner noise?

How much scanner resolution is necessary?

What is the best way to set the parameters for resizing scanned images.

Comparison of the Epson 4870 and Epson 4990 to other scanners

How does the new scanner's resolution compare

Issues with the Minolta Elite 5400 Scanner

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2004-2009 Robert D Feinman