Image Optimization and the Digital Photographic Print
After scanning the negative, transparency, reflective object or directly importing a digital photographic image from a digital camera, it will be necessary to make the necessary adjustments | manipulations in Adobe Photoshop to optimize the image. Similar to working in the analog darkroom, the basic process of image optimization includes cropping | sizing the image, adjusting the image density and contrast, tonal adjustments ( color balance or grayscale ), utilizing burning and dodge techniques to control local area density adjustments as well as retouching dust marks and/or scanning imperfections.
It is important to initially work and optimize the file on an overall or “globally”, including the use of adjustment layers ( Levels | Curves | Color Balance | Hue/Saturation and Black & White ) to optimize image density, contrast and tone. Once these global optimization techniques have been used to manipulate the image, proceed to use the appropriate tools and/or adjustment layers to optimize selected or “local” areas such as burning and dodging techniques.
Click and download the above image, PHOT 150_Technical Assignment Image, to the desktop in order to complete the assignment.
Optimize the image for digital photographic printing as follows:
- Open image in Photoshop and Save As a .psd file
- Size the image to 8 inches x 12 inches at 300 dpi
- Optimize the overall image density, contrast, color balance, hue/saturation as well as setting up the file for black & white conversion
- Use burning and dodging techniques to enhance local areas of the image
- Retouch any dustmarks and/or scanning imperfections
Upon completion of these adjustments and optimizing the image, make an 8.5” x 11” digital inkjet, color print in the Grossmont College Digital Photography Lab as follows:
- Resize the image to 6 inches x 9 inches at 300 dpi
- Optizimize the sharpness of the image with a Filter > Unsharp Mask technique
- Follow Printing Protocol to print image
For evaluation, turn-in digital inkjet, grayscale print and save optimized file with adjustment layers on Thawspace as follows:
Last Name_PHOT 150__Tech #1.psd