When the timestamp on an e-mail from a colleague is 2 a.m., you know that the news is not likely to be good. So, it was with some trepidation that I opened the note from Brandon Chamberlain, who was at the plant on the night we made the switchover to a new printer. His e-mail gave me the first hint that the photos in last week’s edition were going to be too dark.
And, boy, were they.
Our new printer’s layering of black ink made the stories easier to read, but the photos suffered. I’m sure you saw that the faces were obscured and details were obliterated in several images.
We regularly use Photoshop to tone the images and create the grayscales, but clearly the settings we’d been using to prepare the images were not correct for our new printing process.
So, we spent a good deal of time last week experimenting with new settings, and even ran a test of eight pages of photos to see what we needed to do to make the photos look good in the paper.
We’re still experimenting, and as I write this, I am hoping that our images this week will be back up to par.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue to tweak the settings to make the images as clear as we can on these pages.
And we wanted to re-run one of our favorite images from last week, one that sadly was too dark to read. This image shows Sharrif Floyd’s supporters shortly before they boarded a bus to New York City for the National Football League draft. You can see on their faces what this trip means to them. That’s what we had intended to show our readers. ••