Seán Duggan: Gradient Adjustments  (Part 1)
Apr 2014 09

Gradient adjustments are some of the most powerful, yet also most simple modifications that can be applied to your images. A gradient adjustment describes a change, be it a color or tonal adjustment that is applied so that there is a gradual fading from the adjusted to unadjusted area. In composites, gradient masks can be used to seamlessly blend different image elements together. In part 1 of this article, we’ll take a look at gradient adjustments that can be applied in the camera, via a graduated neutral density filter. In subsequent parts, I’ll cover post-capture gradient adjustment techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Video Reference Display Calibration Co-sponsored by Plura Broadcast
Apr 2014 04

Watch as we discuss display calibration for video review and editing using Plura Broadcast Video Reference Display Technology and the Datacolor Spyder4. We’ll go through a step by step process, including screen shots, accurately adjusting the display using Plura software and the Spyder4 calibration device. Plura is the first video reference display that has integrated advanced calibration capabilities using the Datacolor Spyder. Step up your game using Plura Broadcast technology and Datacolor Spyder calibration!

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David Cardinal: Cintiq Companion – An all-in-one, pro-quality, mobile digital darkroom
Apr 2014 02

Wacom tablets — and especially the Cintiq portable touch-enabled display versions — have been wildly popular with serious photographers and graphic artists for years. Until now, using one on the road has meant bringing along both a laptop and a tablet. With Wacom’s new Cintiq Companion, Windows users can have it all in one device. The Companion runs Windows 8.1 — including all of Adobe Creative Cloud’s applications — on a high-end pressure-sensitive display that supports both multi-touch and a Wacom stylus.

Unlike most Android and iOS tablets, the Companion is essentially a full laptop — minus the keyboard. It features a powerful i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and either a 256 GB or 512 GB solid-state disk for storage. It has mini-DisplayPort for driving an external monitor, as well as two USB 3.0 ports — handy for high-performance card readers and an external mouse or keyboard. Wacom also sells a small — but not backlit — Bluetooth keyboard.

The Companion provides a great starting point for a full, mobile, digital darkroom, but putting a workable system together still requires some planning and effort.

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Custom Printmaking with Fine Art Paper Co-sponsored by Red River Paper
Mar 2014 27

Watch as we discuss fine art printmaking with special focus on landscape photography. Each image has its own character and color palette. We’ll review methods you can use to match photographs to different media types before printing. Color management in post-production, including soft proofing will also be covered. A demonstration of printer profiling using the SpyderPRINT will be provided, along with a review of examples of printed images, evaluated for density, color palette, dynamic range and more. Last, we’ll have a brief discussion about print coatings, finishing materials, framing, and archiving.

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C. David Tobie: Dropbox Camera Import and Disk Space Issues
Mar 2014 26

Dropbox has become a handy tool for many remote file storage and transfer tasks. It was the go-to cloud storage solution before most other cloud systems existed, and even with more recent competition from the big names in web services, it is still a leading player.

However, in its attempts to be ever-more useful to us, Dropbox has added features and functions that we may not actually want Dropbox to perform. An important example for photographers is camera import.

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