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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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3 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About Color Management

Posted by Martha DiMeo on March 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment

This week I turned my attention to an invitation I received from my friends at Creative Relay, Ed Shems and Justin Perricone. They asked me to write a guest blog post for their site CreativeRelay.com. In conjunction with the webinar they will be giving on March 18, 2014  for RISD Alumni Relations—titled  Pixels to Ink—they […]

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