Nathaniel Coalson is a nature, travel and fine art photographer and mixed media fine artist based in Leicester, England and Denver, Colorado. Prior to his current career as a professional photographer, Nat worked for over 15 years as a graphic designer in print and web.
Model releases and property releases are simple legal agreements between a photographer and another person. The general purpose of a model or property release is to document the consent of the person to use their likeness, or the representation of a property, in a photograph. Ideally, releases should be signed before the photography takes place. A release allows the photographer to make and use the photographs for purpose(s) described in the release and can also contain other terms specific... CONTINUE READING
Photographers and graphic designers are often tasked with the printing of photographic images, either by printing themselves or working with a lab or other service provider who handles the printing. In this article you’ll learn the fundamentals of the digital photo printing process as well as some procedures and best practices you can use to help ensure your photos come out looking their best. Types of Photographic Printing There are two main methods of photographic printing today: chromogenic and... CONTINUE READING
In a recent article here on GraphicDesign.com, Understanding File Formats in Photoshop author James George explained some of the most common file formats used for graphic design in Photoshop. For photographic imaging, some different file formats are best used for specific purposes. Following are the most common formats along with basic descriptions of their use. Camera Raw A raw capture records all the image data from a camera’s sensor with only a very minimal amount of processing in the... CONTINUE READING
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a specialized software application for professional and serious amateur digital photographers. In this article I’ll provide an overview of how Lightroom works and introduce you to the recently released new version 4.0. The Database Advantage Using Lightroom you can organize, manage, process and output your entire digital photo and video library. Adobe Lightroom uses a database, called the catalog, to manage all your files. This offers several distinct advantages. First and foremost, all the work... CONTINUE READING
Relatively recently, digital photography has exploded into mainstream culture. Of course, regular people have enjoyed taking pictures for decades, but not until the advent of digital capture has photography captured the imagination of the masses. What was once the realm of professional photographers has spilled over into popular culture, and as a result, graphic designers are more frequently handling the capture and/or processing of original photographs. Along with type, photography has always been intrinsic to graphic design, and digital... CONTINUE READING
A histogram is a graph that can help you evaluate a digital image. Histograms can be found on digital cameras and in computer software. A typical histogram shows the relative distribution of the brightness values of the pixels in the image, from black to white and everything in between, using a linear scale of 256 levels. 0 is solid black and 255 is pure white. The darkest shadow values are shown at the left end of the scale, and... CONTINUE READING
Since graphic design and media production is dependent on the reproduction of photographs, designs and other imagery, graphic designers and photographers need to understand the issues related to copyrights and usage rights. They are not the same thing. (Note: although copyright and usage is an international issue, the topics discussed in this article pertain specifically to the U.S. and Canada, and for the most part, Europe. Other countries have varying laws and protection related to copyright. If you live... CONTINUE READING
In graphic design and photography, color management is an essential component of the workflow to produce professional quality results. In my last article we looked at the basics of color management and how the content management system (CMS) handles color. In this article you’ll learn more about color modes and color profiles. Color Mode In graphic design and photography software such as Adobe Creative Suite, the color mode describes the overall color model used for the image or document.... CONTINUE READING
Color Management 101 Color management is the term used to describe an integrated system of computer hardware, software and workflow techniques all working together to translate color from one device to another in a controlled way. Color management is of great importance in graphic design; if you want your designs to look their best you should follow a color-managed workflow. Gamut: Range of Colors Available Various devices (monitors, printers, cameras, scanners, etc.) all handle color differently. Each device has... CONTINUE READING
Finding good photographic imagery to use in your designs for print, web and video projects is one of the most common and important tasks for graphic designers and art directors. It can also be challenging and sometimes frustrating. There are several things to consider when you’re sourcing photography, including where to get the photos, image file quality and specifications, licensing and usage terms, and cost. Starting out, you have two basic options: buy pre-existing images (referred to as “stock”... CONTINUE READING
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