Adding Grain to Digital Photographs

Simulate Film Grain in Your Digital Photographs. I think what I miss most about film when I am working on a digital photograph is the texture that film grain adds to the photograph. It is something that gives a photograph a unique feel and added depth, and in some cases created a mystery or a dream like quality to a photographic image. Sure, many digital cameras at a higher ISO create noise, but noise rarely looks good and it is something that the majority of photographers want to avoid. Most types of noise…Read more …

Understanding Histograms

How to Use Histograms Introduction Probably the most useful as well as the least used and understood tool in your digital camera is the histogram. Histograms are the reason why I don't have to bring my light-meter with me anymore when I am out photographing landscapes ( I will always use a light-meter when photographing people). A histogram is a visual graphic representation tool that analyses the exposure range in the photograph you just made. Unlike a light-meter which measures light before the exposure, the histogram analyses the image after the exposure. Thinking…Read more …

Incident-light meters, what are they, do you need one, and how to use them.

How to use hand-held incident-light meters with electronic studio flash and in mixed lighting situations. Which photographers need them and why. Incident-light meters and electronic flash go together like peanut butter and chocolate, not as gooey, but it can be just as tasty. They are not as common place as they use to be, but are still used regularly by professional studio photographers using electronic flash equipment. With the popularity of digital cameras their use has declined for field work and are rarely seen outside of the studio. I believe this to be…Read more …