One RAW File vs. An HDR Composite?

Here’s a letter from one of my clients: Hi John, Thanks much for the post on HDR – that looks like wonderful software!  A question: If I shoot in RAW, isn’t there enough dynamic range in one RAW file to achieve the same results?  Just wondering… Ann S. Great question, Ann! The short answer: No. Even shooting in RAW, one file cannot get the full dynamic range available to you in a composite HDR image. To further explain, let’s talk about the dynamic range of the sensors in most modern digital cameras… A typical D-SLR has a dynamic range of

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Just Added: Free Webinar on Photoshop Curves…

I just added a new free Webinar on Photoshop Curves – – Come and explore the power of Curves, and enjoy a whole new dimension to what you can accomplish! Here are the other subjects being covered right now: Photoshop – Keep It Simple! Color Management 101 What’s New in Photoshop CS4 Layer Masks Working with RAW Images To see what it’s all about, see a short sample video and to sign up, Click Here – – And remember, It’s FREE!!! Cheers, John 🙂

New Free Photoshop Webinars Added…

Well, I had my first Webinar last Tuesday – – It was a blast!  Everyone learned something (including me!), and I’m looking forward to doing this on a regular basis… I just added Webinars on Color Management and Layer Masks – – Sign Up and Enjoy! – – It’s Free! Cheers, John 🙂

Free Live and Interactive Webinars…

  01/04/21 – Updated – – see this link: https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html _______________   Hello there! By popular request, I am now offering Free Live and Interactive Webinars on subjects related to Photoshop, Digital Printing, and Color Management. These webinars will allow you to watch the desktop of my computer “real-time”  and listen to me as I explain what I am doing.  At the same time, if you have any questions, you can type your question, and I will answer it!  I will be doing a minimum of 2 webinars per week. These webinars are “browser-based” on your computer, and are limited

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The Photoshop E-Book is Available for Download…

My Photoshop E-Book, “Photofinishing with Photoshop”, is now available for purchase and immediate download. It is reasonably priced at $30. Click Here to Purchase and Download the E-Book… Have you ever wanted to learn how to make stunning photographic prints at your home or office? Have you tried, but not been happy with the results? Then this unique E-Book is for you. This is not just another Photoshop E-Book: It is unique because I focus on what makes a good color print, and I will show you how to use the basics of Photoshop to achieve your desired printing results,

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Some of my Favorite Digital Imaging Websites ….

Greetings, The title is self-explanatory, and they are in no particular order of importance, etc….. Apogee Photo.com – A good source for all things photographic, both traditional and digital. Tim Grey’s DDQ – The digital Darkroom Questions (DDQ) is a regular email providing answers to questions related to the digital darkroom. Chromix – One of the best sources for Color Management Hardware and Software. Solux – A great source for proper lighting for print-viewing. Fetch – FTP software for Mac – 15 day free trial, then $25. FTP Shell Client – FTP software for Windows – Personal version is free.

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More groovy information on Epson Printers…

From some of our bloggers come some very good questions and suggestions: Mark Albert asks: “I have had severe problems with clogging print heads on Canon and would like to learn if Epson has similar problems. Thank you.” Jill Webber from “Down under” reports: “I used to have an Epson printer and had very bad ink clogging problems. Finished up ditching the Epson and purchasing a Canon. Haven’t had any ink clogging problems with the Canon but the print quality isn’t nearly as good as the Epson. I wish now that I had just gone out and purchased another Epson

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Psssst, Hey, Buddy, Wanna Buy A Printer?

Ok, Ok, Everyday I get asked what kind of inkjet printer someone should buy. Let me answer the question with one word : EPSON… No, I’m not a paid shill for Epson (I wish!). I’m basing this on the various printers that I’ve worked with and profiled. If you are looking to purchase an inkjet printer soon, you can’t go wrong with virtually any Epson photo printer. This is not to say that your HP or Canon is worthless – FAR, FAR from it – I’ve seen excellent prints come out of quite a few. This recommendation is for those

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‘So who is this John Watts character, and why should I listen to him?”

An excellent question! A wee bit about me: I am 51 years old, and I’m a blessed man. I am married to my bride, Marilyn, and we have three great daughters: Jenna (29 and married to Marcus), Cassie (21, and a senior in college), and Vickie (20, and a sophomore in college). I have been privileged over the last 24+ years to work in partnership with some of the world’s finest photographers. I also have a knack for making superior color prints for these photographers, as well as many serious “amateurs”. It’s safe to say that I’ve learned a few

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