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Chapter 13. CapturingImages: Starting Ou... > What Makes a Good Capture (and Why Y...

What Makes a Good Capture (and Why You Should Care)

If there's a single generalization we're comfortable making about Photoshop work, it's the golden rule of computing: GIGO, or Garbage In, Garbage Out. Photoshop's tools let you make all sorts of corrections to an image after you've opened it, and if push comes to shove, you can sometimes rescue a shot that would otherwise be unusable. But if you start with a good capture, you'll have less work to do, and your final results will be better than if you had to fight the image all the way.

Film Originals

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, the first thing that makes for a good scan is a good original. We've seen scanners blamed for shadow noise when the problem was actually in the print. Flawed originals can sometimes be saved—for instance, if the image has an obvious color cast or is plagued with dust marks and scratches—but only by dint of applying considerable skill and effort.


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