3    Capturing the Optimal Image

Making an optimal digital negative starts with an image file that contains all the important tonal information in the original subject. In practice this means starting with an image file in 16-bit mode that does not clip tonal values in either the highlights or the shadows. With care a good image file can be captured directly using a digital camera or it can be created by scanning a properly exposed and processed film negative. There are advantages and disadvantages to either approach.

This chapter cannot provide all the details for image editing using Photoshop®. We intend to provide some important details for creating digital negatives (lots more information on image editing using Photoshop is available in Brad’s ...

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