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4 Phases of Processing the Digital Image

September 23rd, 2011 4 comments

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With my many years in photography (Polaroid R&D Emulsions; Nikon; US Patent in Color Printing; Olympus; teaching; etc.), the single biggest evolution in photography was not Film to Digital but the non-destructive processing of digital camera raw image capture.  (a.k.a. Parametric Image Editing – P. I. E.).

There are many aspects to consider in the digital image workflow (exposure considerations, raw data converters, etc.) which I will address in other articles.  In this post,I will address the single biggest evolutionthe non-destructive processing of the digital raw image data.  I will chart the 4 distinct phases of processing the digital image and the parallel steps to B&W film processing. And, at the end,  I will show an example with the digital processing applied for each of these 4 Phases.  Let’s begin…

It is become apparent to me that there are distinctly 4 Phases when processing the digital image:     1. Import        2. Global       3. Selective       4. Expressive

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