We get to the bottom of the confusion and misinformation surrounding digital crop factor in this month's DCR Workshop installment.
If you've been scared off of color management in the past by the mystique that surrounds it, fear not. With the current crop of hardware and software color management tools, especially, calibrating and profiling your monitor and printer is not only manageable but even downright easy, even for profiling newbies. In this first installment of a two-part DCR Workshop series, we'll move through calibrating and profiling your display - the process of standardizing your monitor's output that forms the foundation of making what you see on screen what you get when you print your images: why is it important, how does it work, and what do you need to make it happen? In an overview that's part tutorial, part product review, we'll also demo the display profiling process using a particular color management tool - in this case, Datacolor's Spyder3 Elite system.
High dynamic range, or HDR, photography has been generating a lot of interest lately, with photographers from pros to novices latching on to the benefits of being able to make the extremes of both highlight and shadow detail visible in a single image. In the latest installment of our "DCR Workshop" photography how-to series, we tackle HDR shooting: what it is, how it works, and an introduction to the tools, techniques, and technology needed to create your own high dynamic range images.
With the new year underway, you've probably noticed some new kinds of content, in addition to our expert camera reviews and news coverage, showing up around DigitalCameraReview.com. Today we're launching the first official piece in our "DCR Workshop" series of informative feature articles about getting the most from your camera and growing your skills as a photographer. Each month, we'll tackle a different picture-taking tool, technique, or tip, covering everything from basic camera usage to advanced editing software. In this inaugural issue, we've picked five basic tips for turning acceptable snapshots into great memories.
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