There are 26 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission. I make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), I do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.
Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at 2048 x 1536 resolution. Images reduced down to 1024 x 768 to fit onto your screen, some images have been level corrected (I'm a strong believer in the Digital Darkroom) as always the original untouched image is available by clicking on this reduced image.
Samples Gallery One (26 images)
It's important to clarify the methods I use to produce the monitor size image (1024 x 768 in this case) for the samples galleries. I always run my images through my "Digital Darkroom", that's simply deciding if the image needs cropping, level correction or sharpening and simply applying that, I do this for all the samples galleries. The key to a good digital camera is how much and how often you need to do it.
Remember this never affects the untouched originals in the galleries which are always available by clicking on the half sized image.
In this example I've simply level corrected the image (it was slightly under exposed, which I could have avoided when I took the shot with a +0.3EV exposure compensation) and also applied an Unsharpen Mask (0.7 pixel radius, 81%).
Typical gallery preparation procedure is (Photoshop 5.5):
- Load image
- Half size (down-sampled to 800 x 600)
- Visual check image
- Check levels, correct slight over or underexposure
- Test Unsharp Mask (0.5 - 0.8 pixel radius, 40% - 90%), better or worse?
- Paste copyright message
- Save as smaller image
Things I (try to) avoid:
- Altering the image using curves (nonlinear adjustments permanently break the image)
- Increasing saturation (may look more pleasing but is less likely to be true to the original shot)
- White balance correction (though I may do this for a standard gallery I try to avoid it for review samples)
- Touchup of any kind