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Changing Color Space on Camera ... by Richard Lynch
Many DSLR cameras have more than one color space (reflecting the gamut of color it can capture). You can change this based on what you establish as a workflow and how you want to handle color. You will want to consult your manual to find out how to make the change. Let's look at how to change color space on a Nikon D70 as an example:
1. Press the Menu button on the left of the camera back.
2. Scroll down to Shooting Menu and press the right arrow.
3. Scroll to Optimize Image and press the right arrow.
4. Scroll to Custom and press the right arrow.
5. Scroll to Color Mode and press the right arrow.
6. Scroll to your desired space.
7. Click the right arrow to accept.
The color space you choose should be one that you can incorporate logically into your workflow.
For more information on developing a complete color workflow, see my course From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Color Workflow.

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Photo Q&A

1: Backgrounds for Family Pics
I am helping my church with the family photos for the church book. What color of background would work best for families of all ages? Thank you!
- kasey d. ales
If you're going to shoot for photos in the Church Directory, then I would suggest using the traditional blue.
If the photos are just for regular family portraits, then brown is wonderful for bringing out the skin tones.
I believe there may be a example of both in my gallery.
I hope this helps,
- Debby Tabb
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2: Essential Equipment for a Trip?
I will be traveling throughout Panama in January on an eco tour that has weight restrictions on parts of the trip limited to 25 pounds. What basic equipment is essential for wildlife and landscape photos?
- Janet Sitas
Wide to regular focal length for the landscapes(24-50mm). For nature, a zoom of 70-200 or 100-400. That way, you have just two lenses that can cover a good range. If the 50mm is a macro, then you can expand to more things.
The only other thing I would suggest for a bare minimum trip is a table-top tripod for evening or morning landscapes. It is good enough to set on a rock or something. You could substitute a bean bag, but a tripod would be better for self-portrait group shots ("Here we are in Patagonia!").
- Gregory La Grange
Thanks, Gregory! Your response to my question will help my decision on which lenses/equipment to take.
- Janet Sitas
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3: How To Shoot Artwork Framed In Glass
Hey All,
I need to take pictures of three pieces of my wife's artwork that are framed behind glass. I don't want to use flash for the reflection, but even if I don't use flash, I still end up getting a reflection of me in picture. Is there a technique I can use (without going out to buy/rent expensive lighting equipment) to get a good shot of her artwork with what I got?
I am armed with a Nikon d80, 18-200 VR lens, and Adobe Lightroom. I believe I can borrow a friend's SB-600 if that will help.
Thanks in advance.
- Mike McKenna
Mike, I shot all the artwork in a local gallery with much of the art mounted under glass. I was very successful with a 3-light setup. I placed an SB-600 (Nikon flashes) in slave mode on either side of the art at about a 45-degree angle from the art. I used diffusers on both of these flashes.
I used my SB-800 as the master light mounted on-camera. This light was aimed directly up so as to not produce a reflection in the glass. I turned off all lights in the room and fired the lights with a release cable.
The art should be precisely at a 90-degree angle from the lens to prevent a keystone effect. Since the art was hung, it had a very slight downward angle. It was, therefore, neccesary to adjust the cmaera angle downward by the same amount.
- John Rhodes
Hi Mike,
I used to do a lot of art copy work, here is an article about how to do it: I don’t think you will necessarily like the equipment list, but it does work. I got screen credit on two animated features doing this kind of work. The Cells are as reflective as glass.
Thanks, John Siskin
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4: Film & Slide Scanners
I have tons of 35mm & 2-1/4 negatives and transparencies that I'd like to scan. The minimal purpose would be for my Web site and e-mailing, and to burn onto a CD for magazine photo editors. Ideally, I'd love to get some of this work published, so if it appeared as a full-page in a magazine, I'd need to be able to scan at an acceptable quality. I'm also interested in submitting my work to stock agencies. Any suggestions on scanners that would fit my needs? Thanks, Dana
- Dana Gambill
Nikon, Canon and others make great film scanners. You should check out the specs and compare features of those within your price range that will scan at 4000 dpi.
I've enjoyed continued success with a Nikon Coolscan 4000 ED for several years, but this scanner won't accept those 2 1/4" transparencies and negatives. You will need one that will scan up to medium format.
For your submissions, unless they are asking for digital files, I recommend that you send high-quality dupes of the original slides rather than home-scanned versions. The publication's submission guidelines will clearly outline what is acceptable or preferred.
- Bob Cammarata
I agree with Bob on the scanning resolution and the choice of scanner for 35mm. As serious as you are about this project, you might want to buy also a flatbed scanner that will do medium format. I like my Epson V700. I scan medium format at 3200 ppi. You would also gain an excellent flatbed for prints.
Ride the learning curve on slide scanning. Slides are denser and contrastier than negatives. You will have to learn tonal and color manipulation in Photoshop, or minimally, Elements.
SAVE full resolution version of your scans on CD for archiving and printing. Convert them to jpg and downsize for emailing and Web posting, then SAVE AS in a file for small file size versions.
Enjoy the ride. It's probably a labor of love for you. These are YOUR images.
- Doug Nelson
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1: Shooting in Natural Light Without Flash

I have been doing a lot of shooting with just available light and experimenting with flash. I am having some difficulty with stopping the motion and missing out on a lot of great images. I cannot remember if I need my shutter speed to be higher or is it is the ISO or something else? Can you help? Thanks!
- Cassandra  Ann Smith

>>" I can not remember if I need my shutter speed to be higher or is it is the ISO..."<<
Yes and Yes. You need faster shutter speeds to stop motion. You get them by shooting at a higher ISO and/or using a wider aperture(smaller f-number).

- Jon Close
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