David Cardinal: Becoming a Better Travel and Vacation Photographer
Nov 2015 17

Whether you take your travel photography seriously enough to go on specialized trips, or simply want to do a better job capturing memories from your vacation, there are plenty of useful tips and techniques in the talk I gave at B&H this Spring. The good news is, even if you missed it in person, it is now online and free to watch, courtesy of the team at the B&H events center. Topics covered range from selecting gear, preparing for your trip, how to schedule your shooting day, best tactics for great photos, the ethics of travel photography, and how to correctly process and show off your images. Special thanks to our sponsor, Datacolor, and to Photodex for the slideshow software illustrated.

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Richard West: Perfect Capture, Taking Control in Three Easy Steps
Oct 2015 29

One of the oldest problems with photography is getting the lighting conditions in which you capture your images under control. Today stand-alone light meters are less frequently used to gather your exposure and capture information as digital cameras have evolved to have good metering capabilities in themselves. Whether you choose to use an external meter, which can add extra control and accuracy to the process but also additional complexity (and weight to your camera bag) or want to work ‘in camera’ or maybe just ‘sort it out’ in post-process, two key elements to capture and control at the point of pressing the shutter are the contrast range of your shots and also the white point (i.e. a true known white for the shots that can allow you to remove major casts). Find a way of recording this accurately and you won’t need to guess what the conditions were like in hindsight when you retouch your images, you’ll have a point of reference to compare with.

Read more about controlling your shots, in Richard West’s latest article for Datacolor, here.

David Cardinal: How does your monitor measure up? Find out with Spyer5ELITE
Oct 2015 22

While the main purpose of using a Spyder5 is to calibrate and profile your monitors, many users don’t realize that it can also perform a variety of advanced tests on your monitor. In this article we look at the specific tests you can do with the Display Analysis module, how to do them, and what they measure.

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John Walrath: SpyderCUBE and SpyderCHECKR: Essential Tools for Interior Photography
Oct 2015 15

The cornerstone of any digital workflow is an accurate display. Your display is the window into your digital world. If your display does not show an accurate representation of your image, you cannot make informed adjustments. Generally speaking, monitors are natively too saturated, too cool and too bright for a photographic workflow. As a consequence, these are attributes you are compensating for when you edit an image on an un-calibrated display. This means your image will not accurately reflect true-to-life color, nor print the way you intend without adjustment or test prints.

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David Cardinal: Troubleshooting Poor Color in your Photographs
Sep 2015 16

Getting color right is an essential part of effective photography. There is a lot we can do both within the camera and in post processing to accomplish that. In this article, we’ll look at some steps you can take to identify the cause and potentially fix some of the most common issues with color.

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