Ken Sklute: Stormy Weather, Lightning, and Photography
Jul 2014 23

Ahh, summertime! Long days, short nights and lots of weather happening. Summertime to me means warm humid beach days along both coasts, cold days in San Francisco, frost and remnants of snow in the beautiful area of Mt. Rainier in Washington State and my favorite, Monsoon season in the desert southwest.

Monsoon season in Phoenix delivers storms almost every day. When I say storms, I am talking about thunderstorms. What is unique to this area is these thunderstorms very rarely have rain associated with them, making it an ideal location to chase storms.

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Seán Duggan: Gradient Adjustments (Part 3)
Jul 2014 16

In the first part of this article, we explored how gradient adjustments can be made in-camera, by using a graduated neutral density filter. In Part 2, we covered basic gradient adjustments in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. To conclude this series, we’ll take a look at making gradient adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.
Gradient Masks in Photoshop

The Photoshop equivalent to the gradual filter in Lightroom is to create a gradient layer mask that can be used with adjustment layers. Although simple gradient adjustments are easily applied in Lightroom, gradient masks in Photoshop allow for more customization, as well as the ability to use the gradient mask for editing that goes beyond tonal and color adjustments. This includes blending different images together in a composite.

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Datacolor SpyderHD: Color Management for Photo and Video
Jul 2014 09

Datacolor’s David Saffir recently spoke on color management for video at B&H. While he was there, he also had an on-camera interview with B&H’s Steven Gladstone regarding the new SpyderHD calibration kit for video and still photography. You can find the video here.

Lee Varis: Options In SpyderCube Workflow – Music Studio Shoot Part 2 of 2
Jul 2014 02

Most of the time I was also shooting video and, after doing a custom white balance in-camera, I pretty much had to stick with one setting for everything and try to get a decent overall exposure within the frame. For the video, I used a slightly blue white balance card to cheat the white balance a little warmer – this is a common trick for video to prevent the footage from looking too cold. This also had a slight benefit for the high iso – my camera, a Cannon 5D mk II, has a tendency to go blue in the shadows at the highest ISO.

The SypderCube proved to be very helpful in rough calibrating the color shift in the shadows…

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Video: SpyderHD™ – For Color Management in Video and Still Photography
Jun 2014 25

This video provides a detailed introduction to features and benefits of Datacolor’s new flagship product, SpyderHD.

SpyderHD offers unprecedented flexibility and accuracy for videographers and still photographers. It is the first product to calibrate both computer displays and video reference displays First, it offers precise color calibration via the Spyder4ELITE™ colorimeter. Photographers and videographers can calibrate their desktops, laptops, video reference monitors, field video monitors, and television screens. Computer-driven displays and video-driven monitors are supported.

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