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What’s the Big Deal? It’s Only an 1/8 of an Inch!

Posted by Martha DiMeo on December 11th, 2014 | 1 Comment

If you have ever sent a print job to the printer only to have it rejected because the bleeds were insufficient, you probably understand what the title of this post is all about. If you are new to print production or design and have no idea what the title is referring to, read on. I […]


Before & After: Lighting & Color Correction

Posted by Martha DiMeo on November 11th, 2014 | No Comments

The Beauty of a North Light Studio For centuries artists have understood the benefits of painting with north light—it creates cool, constant lighting throughout the day. While ideal to paint by, it doesn’t leave much for a photographer to work with when the subject of the photograph has her back to the windows, throwing her […]


Page Design – Formatting Photos for Page Layouts

Posted by Martha DiMeo on September 26th, 2014 | No Comments

Rarely, if ever, do the proportions of a photograph correspond perfectly to the dimensions of the page layout or specified picture area. Faced with this problem there are three options that usually come to mind—alter the layout to accommodate the photograph, crop the photo to make it fit, or find a replacement photo. But there […]


Photoshop Post-Production: Recovering Highlight Detail

Posted by Martha DiMeo on July 31st, 2014 | 2 Comments

  It could be debated as to what is worse—shadows and three-quarter tones with little or no detail or highlights and quarter-tones close to being blown-out? For most images—and for most subject matter—neither is desirable and usually results in the image being assigned to the outtake pile. In last month’s blog, titled Bringing Out Shape […]


Bringing out Shape & Detail in the Darkest of Colors

Posted by Martha DiMeo on June 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Light Hogs “Is there detail in the blacks?” If you ever asked this question when reviewing photos of dramatically lit interiors, moody landscapes, product shots of black or dark colored items, or other innumerable possibilities of subject matter, the answer could very well be “absolutely.” It is always challenging to photograph a subject that absorbs […]

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