Image Processing Basics

Nowadays, digital darkrooms have almost completely replaced traditional, chemical-based darkrooms with their enlargers and manual masking techniques. Even photographers who still shoot on analog stock often scan their negatives and process them digitally. Digital post-processing offers distinct advantages when it comes to getting the optimum out of your images. Although digital techniques often imitate traditional processing techniques, they make a degree of perfection possible that would be extremely difficult to achieve in an analog darkroom.

This chapter deals with basic processing techniques that are important to the discussions that follow, regardless of whether you shoot in RAW or other digital formats. These formats are also an integral part of the grassroots knowledge we will be discussing. This chapter is based on a number of Photoshop techniques that we use regularly as part of our own workflow. These techniques are largely independent of any individual workflow structures, unless you prefer to use one of the all-in-one workflow tools that we will describe later.

If you work with RAW images, you will perform some of the steps described in this chapter using your RAW editor or an all-in-one program, but our descriptions will nevertheless assist your learning process. If you work with JPEG or TIFF images, the following will be a part of your everyday processing workflow.

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