ESR Portraits : Analog Photography

Interactive Image Review

I never keep "raw" scans that I perform myself. At first I have a folder of Gimp files with all of the layers and adjustments for each frame, but once I have a set in good order I flatten the resulting images and save them as a TIFFs. Using a lossless format enables me to do fine dust removal at any time, but I have committed to an the basic interpretation of the negative or positive.

The range of choices and techniques applied to a photograph are largely unknown to clients or friends, including which frames I discarded early on. But there is one editorial decision that I may make visible and even negotiable. That option is the final crop.

The Final Ratio

Getting the best framing when a photo is taken is always a goal, but this is not always possible. Since I use film, I am often limited by available light, which means I may have to back away from the subject in order to regain depth of field.

Another issue to contend with a final aspect ratio that does not match the capture native ratio of your camera. The framing you take is often not exactly the framing that you will display. The way a photograph is cut down on each side is important to the composition, and is in the photographer's area of creative influence. Still, the dimensions of each frame still strike me has having some relevance to the person I photographed.

An Interactive Solution

The full frame is not the final product, but it provides some context which makes the final product what it is. Ultimately the framing of a photograph is always open to some adjustment. Perhaps I am the possibility that a scan that has not been cut down will survive unforeseen possibilities and publishing mediums.

I might be misguided in this notion, but I will continue to experiment with this idea. To this end I have developed an interactive page for previewing digital images. Source code is also available. This tool gives me the ability to present each photograph in the way I intend, while giving others a means of tweaking it as well.

Last updated on May 24, 2019