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.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
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…[Read More]
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.[Read More]
My favorite white balance tool is by far the SpyderCUBE from DataColor. This little tool is always in my camera bag, and I find it invaluable on set, not only as a simple white balance reference, but as a lighting ratio reference, as well as a black point reference. DataColor has envisioned this tool as a complete post processing control reference and has a set of instructions for its use on the SpyderBLOG. I will explain how I use the SpyderCUBE in my own workflow in the following article.[Read More]
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Ever wonder why your brand new camera isn’t focusing exactly where you would like it to? Photographers spend a lot of money on new cameras and new lenses that may not necessarily be calibrated. In this video Craig Beckta of Craig Beckta Photography explains how to calibrate your camera using the SpyderLENSCAL so photos are in focus, just the way you wanted them.
It is no longer a secret that focus tuning is an important tool for every photographer who wants to get the most out of their equipment. The addition of microfocus adjustment to many modern DSLR camera bodies have also made it possible for photographers to do this tuning themselves, without the added time and expense of sending their camera and lens into a service department. Recently Sigma has added this capability to its Global Vision lines of lenses when they are used with its proprietary USB dock.
Until Datacolor introduced the SpyderLENSCAL the process of tweaking focus was not just painful, but error prone. Now it is something I do periodically for my own gear, and that we do with participants on our safaris.[Read More]