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Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop by Vincent Versace

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Recreating What the Eye Saw

The human eye is a multipurpose organic optical system. As an organic optical system, it can discern detail in light as dim as moonlight and as bright as noon’s direct sunlight at the equator. It also acts as a motion sensor, sees events as they happen, and sees everything in focus while adjusting for changes in the intensity of light. Also, it does all of this in real time.

A digital still camera, on the other hand, is not a multipurpose, organic optical system with all the capabilities of the human eye. It is simply an image-capturing device that records a very small part of what we see. It records only fractions of seconds, while the vast majority of what we see is felt and witnessed in motion. The human eye is ...

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