Jun 10, 2005

On The News Stands – Outdoor Photographer

The July issue of Outdoor Photographer has a useful article titled Beauty & The Beast, Tame the large files produced by a high-resolution digital SLR written by Ibarionex R. Perello.

They’re beautiful—one look and I’m captivated. I stare and find myself absorbed by every detail. If this isn’t love, it’ll do. As a card-carrying photo geek, I admit that looking at digital files produced by the new 12- and 16-megapixel SLRs leads to a rush that normally means a trip to the confessional. Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but not by much.

What’s so thrilling about a super-megapixel camera goes beyond bragging rights, No, it’s the large file it produces and the imaging possibilities that file holds. So it’s with anticipation that I sit down at my computer and begin applying filters, adding layers, and enhancing colors, contrast and sharpness. I’m having a ball tweaking and shaping the image to perfection as the file gets bigger and bigger and bigger.

Suddenly, my joy is assaulted with sluggish progress bars and intrusive error messages declaring I’ve exhausted my system resources. My excitement quickly turns to frustration as I consider the creative fixes to apply to my computer, none of which are effective.

Read the entire article

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