Shooting With The Masters – Charles Cramer Part 3

Photographer Profiles

December 19, 2017 ·

Kevin Raber

LAB Mode, Control The Dark Tones, Perception, Monitors & Dark Prints and Control The Highlights

We now enter the fun part of the Shooting With The Masters series as we join Charlie in his studio and start to make prints from the images we shot over the previous days.  But before we do that, we need to learn some basic things about printing and working our images on the computer with Lightroom & Photoshop.  Charlie has some very good lessons that will get many of you to reconsider your set up in Photoshop and how to understand what you are seeing when judging an image to be worked on.

It’s time to get out of RGB and CMYK mode and enter the realm of LAB

The first video focuses on LAB mode and why it gives a more accurate starting point for judging the luminosity of your images.  This is the foundation for how Charlie starts all his work.

LAB Mode Video


Control The Dark Tones

Many photographers find their prints come out too dark.  Why?  Charlie continues to show how to set up a Photoshop workflow to deliver a more consistent quality with your prints.

Download The Control Dark Tones File

Control The Dark Tones Video


Perception, Monitors and Dark Prints

Can you trust your eyes?  This video will show a couple of reasons why you can’t trust your eyes and why certain things fool them.  This will lead to an understanding of how to judge your images both on a monitor and after they are printed.

Book mention in this video . . . . Vision and Art The Biology Of Seeing, By Margaret Livingstone

Perception, Monitors and Dark Prints Video

Control The Highlights

An interesting image that shows how the eyes look at an image. This points out how much your eye is attracted to highlights.

You’ll find in this video that Charlie is fanatical about highlights.   Highlights should enhance your composition and not detract from it.  You’ll watch how Charlie handles what he calls ‘rogue highlights’.  And using some easy techniques, Charlie re-orchestrates the light.

Control The Highlights Video

We hope you enjoyed these videos.  More will be published soon.


Kevin Raber
December 2017

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Kevin Raber

Photography is my passion and has been for 45 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of pictures taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through Rockhopper Workshops and other projects as well as teaching at my Gallery in Indianapolis.

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