C. David Tobie: The Retina iMac for Photo and Video Work, Part II
Oct 2014 29

Visual color assessment of the Retina iMac’s display shows it to be close to the target values, closer than many off-the-shelf displays. Its color and densities, out of the box, would be better for general consumer use than almost any other solution, short of top-end dedicated graphics displays.

That’s great news for most users, but not quite enough for those doing serious color work, including photography, on the iMac. The display we tested was just a bit denser in the midtones than would be ideal, and the colors are a bit punchy.

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C. David Tobie: The Retina iMac for Photo and Video Work, Part I
Oct 2014 28

In a few short years the iMac has moved from being a rather slow, utilitarian looking machine that could not be recommended for photo or video work, to a big, beautiful device with wide viewing angles, high resolution displays, and full external display support. Apple’s new 27-inch iMac with Retina Display takes this evolution a big step further.

Until recently the question has been: is the iMac an acceptable image-editing machine for basic users, who can’t justify more expensive equipment? And once IPS (In-Plane Switching) screens with wider viewing angles, wider ranging dimmer controls, and better external display support were added, the answer was finally “Yes”.

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Be Our Guest at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo – New York, NY
Oct 2014 24

Join us October 30th-November 1st at PhotoPlus as a complimentary Datacolor EXPO guest. The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 24,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. Explore over 250 exhibits, see thousands of new products, and attend conference seminars, keynote presentations, special events & much more.

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C. David Tobie: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and its effects on Photo and Video Editors
Oct 2014 23

Recent studies have found a new type of light sensor in the eye, in addition to the rods and cones we are familiar with for color, and black and white vision. This type of sensor has nothing to do with vision, but may have a big impact on photographers and videographers, as it relates to a condition commonly seen in those who edit images for a living. This article will describe that condition: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), its symptoms and its triggers, as well as offering suggestions to avoid SAD when doing photo and video editing work under controlled light conditions. Lets take a look at how SAD works.

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