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Profile Extents Test Target
Precisely target the high and low values in your prints...
 

Printing and Evaluating The Test

Print the BlackAndWhiteExtents.jpg image using the media/profile setting that you want to evaluate.

In the dark side of the step tablet locate the black step where there is the first change from the full black stripe.

The low aim point will be the adjacent darker step.

Often profiles bottom out at 15-20. An image targeted at a low aim point of 0 will be crushing 15 points of shadow detail.

In the light side locate the step where there is no difference. The high aim point, Zone VIII is the adjacent darker step. I like to be laying down ink on Zone VIII and not on Zone IX values. This is usually the difference between 253 and 255. I will try to have a few twinkles of Zone IX that is pure paper white.

Armed with these two numbers images can be more precisely targeted to a material and profile.

Targeting the Image

Use the threshold layer to target the image.

Add a Threshold layer over a Levels layer on top of the stack of layers.

  • Set the Threshold level to the low aim point value, the image will be mostly white.
    Adjust the low output of the levels layer until there are a few spots of black on the white field. These regions will be full black.
  • Set the Threshold level to the high aim point value then adjust the hi slider down until a few spots of white appear on the black field. On a high resolution image it is wise to zoom in some and check. Hi aim point targeting will not work if there is no white value in the image however usually there is a white value.

Download Test Image BlackAndWhiteExtents.jpg

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Contents
 
Profile Extents Test Target
 
Precisely target the high and low values in your prints...

Day for Night Photography
 
Reality is not always exactly that...

Luminance Masking for Contrast Control
 
Using luminance masks on adjustment layers to control specific tonal ranges in your image.

HDR Luminance Masking
 
Using a simple Low Pass Luminance Mask to create a HDR image

HDR Burning and Dodging
 
Use a HDR photo stack and transparency masks to get excellent results with this burning and dodging like method.

Profiling Your Digital Camera
 
Free utility to build and edit profiles from Adobe Labs

Using the X-Rite Color Checker to Create Camera Profiles
 
This really optimizes the color output of your camera!

Using the Photoshop History Palette and Snapshots Effectively...
 
Or, whos your friend baby...

Using the Photoshop Threshold adjustment layer to evaluate image density and contrast for digital printing.
 
This is an easy method to target a files density for printing. It requires a basic knowledge of Photoshop adjustment layers.

Building Photographic Websites
 
I make websites for artists and find that most folks need some sage advice on the process...

I got a new film camera, the Gaoersi 617
 
Direct from Hong Kong

Camera Settings for Digital Photography
 
How to set your digital camera to get the best images possible

Filters for Color Digital and Film Photography
 
Use these filters to improve the color and rendition of your photographs.

Basic Daylight Exposure (BDE) Calculation
 
For outdoor photography the light meter is not always your friend...

Film Speed Table
 
A table of film speeds, E.I.'s in 1/3 stop increments.

Bellows Extension Calculator
 
Online bellows extension factor and exposure compensation calculator and printable exposure compensation scale

Spotting Flecks on Ink Jet Prints
 
Using Marshalls retouching dyes to remove those occasional flecks

Stretching Canvas Photographs
 
How to stretch photographs printed on canvas with inkjet printers.

 

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Fine art photography of California by master nature photographer Cooksey-Talbott. Hundreds of beautiful photographs are displayed for sale online as raw or ready to hang images.

Cooksey-Talbott Gallery is an online gallery of nature photographs. The collection includes pictures of the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Trinity Alps, Sonora Pass, Santa Barbara Hills, East Bay Hills and Garin Park as well as hundreds of different waterfalls. Legacy images are from medium and large format film taken with the Mamiya RB-67 and a variety of 4x5 view cameras. Some of the more recent work is shot with a Nikon D200, Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony A7r.

We offer archival quality prints in a wide range of sizes and media. We print on a heavy art papers and canvas using a Canon iPF8300 44 inch 12 color printer with pigmented inks. Our images are first party prints made directly by the artist. Prints are signed and numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Land Photography" Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since. Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and Santa Barbara City College. Cooksey is currently working as a photographer and facilitating S3-Photowalk.com which is a monthly photo walk that meets up in Niles California.