Lewin's Digital Darkroom Workflow:
First, allow me a second to brag about my camera system: I rely on Canon gear for the majority of my work: the 5D Mark II and Mark III are my work-horse cameras - frankly, they are tough enough to handle any type of working condition I get myself into. In addition, both bodies are fitted with Canon's top of line lenses - I do not want anything, but a clear view, between my subjects and the camera sensor. Canon makes incredible glass. Period.
2018 update: My digital workflow includes, Photoshop CC for cropping, dodge & burning, Camera RAW for chromatic & luminance adjustments , corrections to white balance and other tools needed to remove dust from the image file. Color Efex Pro 4 for applying neutral density, and polarization filters to selected image files, while black & white conversions are completed using Silver Efex Pro 2. Before I begin color to black and white conversions, adjustments to the color image that ultimately represent what was originally envisioned through the viewfinder are completed. This process includes some or all of the processes listed above. The color final is saved and indexed then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2, a leader in digital Black & White conversion software.
Finally, only traditional darkroom practices are utilized to create a final piece of fine art photography. To best utilize traditional techniques, I strive to capture the best composition – visually and technically - from behind the glass. This is very important because heavy file manipulation can lead to image file degradation, which may become apparent when printing enlargements. If successful, as little time as possible – and more importantly – the least amount of file manipulation will be used in the digital darkroom. Please, contact me if you have questions about anything discussed here, or about anything you view or read on this site. Thank you.
“I do not object to retouching, dodging or accentuation as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of photographic technique”. Alfred Stieglitz