David Cardinal: The Best Desktop Color Management Tool Keeps Betting Better
Apr 2015 10

In a new post on his blog Cardinal Photo, David Cardinal who is a Datacolor Expert, weighs in on the new Datacolor Spyer5 line of products. “This week Datacolor released a sleek new version – the Spyder5. I’ve been using it for a while now during its beta test, and am impressed…” Cardinal explains. He walks readers through some of the major differences between Spyder4 and Spyder5, touching upon changes in design and software, which have made significant impacts to his color-managed workflow.

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Seán Duggan: Using a Fisheye Lens for Night Photography on Lynda.com
Mar 2015 18

From the 5-part Lynda Online Video Course, Photographing the Night Landscape, Seán Duggan shows us how to photograph successfully during nighttime with a fisheye lens. Throughout the videos that make up this course, Duggan takes a nocturnal road trip to illuminate the techniques involved in capturing the nighttime landscape. He covers many topics, some of which include finding compositions, exposing and focusing at night, creating an image with reflections, and shooting with a full moon. He explains that when the sun goes down, landscapes take on entirely new personalities; the moon and stars light the sky and transform the landscape below, creating image-making possibilities that are not found in the daytime. Filmed on location along the surreal shoreline of the Salton Sea and in the Anza-Borrego Desert, the course offers real-world examples and insights into a professional landscape photographer’s thought process and composition techniques.

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Jasper Doest: Spyder4ELITE
Feb 2015 25

I clearly remember my first steps into the world of digital photography. I was a student, had little money to spend and therefore a D-SLR was a big investment. Due to the immediate feedback I started climbing a steep learning curve and soon after I started sending out images to magazines for publication. However, I was never satisfied when it came to the print-results. Although I couldn’t really afford it, I made one of the best decisions ever and bought the original Datacolor Spyder. It took me a while before I got used to the new look of my CRT monitor, as colors looked a bit too warm at first. However, after a couple of days I got accustomed and noticed why my prints didn’t look good. And although I had to process the images again, I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Whenever you start using the camera’s RAW-format, the post-processing becomes a necessity in regards of contrast and colour. It is essential to work on a calibrated system and to develop a proper workflow. These things should not be underestimated as you can see in the image attached. On the left the unprocessed RAW file, on the right the processed version. The smallest of changes in contrast can make a whole lot of difference.

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Explore. Discover. Win a Trip to Paris!
Feb 2015 11

The team here at Datacolor is excited to present our latest giveaway: a Paris Photo Expedition! This is the ultimate adventure.

Someone will have a life changing experience this year! Will it be you?

You’ll be traveling in complete comfort and style with fellow photographers on a once-in-a-lifetime trip guided throughout Paris, Versailles and the surrounding provinces with an acclaimed photographer: all for 2 lucky winners!

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David Cardinal: Using Presets to Establish Your Photographic Styles
Feb 2015 04

In the days of film, a photographer’s visual style – the look of their work — was heavily influenced by their choice of film stock and paper. With digital, while choice of camera matters somewhat, post-processing is a key element in establishing a visual style. Choosing your tools, and how you use them, wisely can help make your photography more appealing and successful.

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David Cardinal: Profiling a Curved Monitor or TV with Datacolor’s Spyder4
Jan 2015 28

My first thought when I saw Dell’s awesome-looking 34-inch curved monitor at CES was, “Wow, that’d be amazing for photo editing.” Price tag aside, the idea of having a single screen — with its viewing angle optimized from edge-to-edge by the slight curve of the display – to replace the two monitors I have wedged next to each other in a “V” is quite appealing. However, my second thought was, “How can I profile it?” Fortunately it turns out that it is quite possible to calibrate and profile a curved monitor using Datacolor’s Spyder4 hardware and software – with just a little bit of extra effort.

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Seán Duggan: Using Gray Targets for Night Photography
Jan 2015 20

Using a gray target such as the SpyderCUBE or the SpyderCHECKR 24 as a known reference for a neutral gray can be quite useful for correcting white balance issues in post processing. This is true for any shot where accurate white balance is important, but it can be particularly useful for night photography, especially for some exterior locations where there may be multiple light sources that have different color temperatures.

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Datacolor’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway Has Announced Winners!
Jan 2015 07

Datacolor Spyder and friends sponsored a photo gear giveaway this holiday season! The Spyder4ELITE, Canon SELPHY CO910, and Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO lens were just some of the amazing prizes offered, amongst many other items. Our sponsors included PhotFlex, ClickElite, DXO Image Science, onOne, LumaPix: Foto Fusion, Nissin Digital, and Enlight Photo. All of our winners have been picked and can be found on our website here.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Win Photo Gear from Datacolor and Friends this Holiday Season!
Dec 2014 22

Happy Holidays! To show our appreciation for your support this year we’ve packed our Holiday giveaway with some great gifts! Among offerings from Spyder you’ll find great products from: Canon, Photoflex, CLIK Elite, Tamron, DXO, onOne Software, LumaPix, Nissin Digital, and Enlight Photo!

Enter our Holiday Giveaway Here!

The Datacolor Spyder family wishes you a Happy Holiday and Healthy New Year!

Valid through 12/15/14-1/5/15.

David Cardinal: Tips For Managing Color When You’re Sharing Your Photo Memories
Dec 2014 18

Now that photo prints have largely given way to the electronic sharing of our photo memories, more and more of our life is viewed on a computer screen. In addition to social media powerhouses like Facebook, dozens of photo sharing sites have popped up, with lots of tools to help you upload, caption, tag, and share your digital photo albums. However, they all have one thing in common: They are only as good as the display where they are viewed. And the color on that display is only good if care is taken to properly color manage it.

As a reader of this blog, you’ve probably already profiled your monitor using one of Datacolor’s Spyder products. You may even have gone further and profiled your mobile device using Spyder Gallery — so that you can get beautiful-looking imaged displayed whether you’re at home or on the road. But what about all the people you are sharing those images with? More than likely, they haven’t taken that time, so they probably aren’t seeing your photos in their full glory. Maybe they’re even worried about your family’s health because of an off-color tint on the skin in your photos. No worries, we’ve got some helpful hints, just in time to make sure your holiday photos look great.

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