Re: curves and gum and Christopher James book
Sorry about the delay in replying. I'm down-under at the moment so your sleep is my awake.
My work-flow when applying this curve is as follows:-
open image and adjust to taste in RGB colourspace
Split the channels
Select first channel to work with
convert to RGB
'apply image' with layer set to multiply
apply adjustment curve
invert to negative
This results in a negative with much less contrast generally when compared to the same image with the curve applied to the negative. This is what works for me for SOME images.
I hope this helps
On Mar 10 2008, Henry Rattle wrote:
Thanks, everyone, for the reviews of the new book. I'll be ordering one when
it hits the UK on April 1st.
Meanwhile, something puzzles me.
Someone mentioned David Hatton's gum curve being in the book, sourced from
the Alternativephotography website. Out of curiosity I looked it up there,
and it looks pretty similar to my own gum curves (though along with
Christina I find that different colours give different curves, especially
However one thing puzzles me - there's a note alongside the curve which says
"Note from David: The curve is applied before inversion to a negative and
the image should be RGB."
Now my practice is to apply my curves to the negatives, after splitting the
RGB channels and inverting, and before colorisation - following Mark
But shouldn't the curve you apply to a positive before inversion be the
inverse of a curve you apply to a negative after inversion?
Or do I understand this even less than I thought I did? David? Anyone?