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The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook by Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

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Chapter 4. Image Processing Basics

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Nowadays, digital darkrooms have almost completely replaced traditional, chemical-based darkrooms with their enlargers and manual masking techniques. Even photographers who still shoot on analog stock often scan their negatives and process them digitally. Digital post-processing offers distinct advantages when it comes to getting the optimum out of your images. Although digital techniques often imitate traditional processing techniques, they make a degree of perfection possible that would be extremely difficult to achieve in an analog darkroom.

This chapter deals with basic processing techniques that are important ...

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