I’m continuing to find new uses for Datacolor’s innovative SpyderCUBE. Last month I wrote about how handy it was on my photo tour to Cambodia & Burma. This month I stashed it in a side pocket of my camera bag (I love how small it is) and brought it along to cover the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. I found plenty of uses for it, especially given the variety of lighting situations and the need to accurately portray the colors on many retail products to my readers.[Read More]
One of the most important qualities that can have a significant impact on an image, no matter what the subject matter, is contrast. In an earlier article for this blog (“Black is the New Black”) I wrote about the importance of black for creating a solid framework for a photograph. Black, or deep shadows, is one-half of the contrast relationship. The other half is the bright highlights. Both are important to the contrast balance in a photograph.[Read More]
It’s that time of year to update your photography equipment and ensure the optimum color experience within your workflow. There is no better time to enhance your capabilities in color management and create the precision control you need in order to create outstanding images. The Spyder line of products offer easy-to-use, full-featured solutions for your workflow that every photographer, videographer and designer needs.[Read More]
I’m getting ready for a video shoot tomorrow, and I want to share a summary of thoughts and ideas about preparation. In this case, I’m putting together a straightforward series of promotional interviews for the client’s web site.
In brief, you want to be prepared in advance, know the scope of work, client expectations, and gear and resources you’ll need.[Read More]
While many of the benefits of shooting with a SpyderCUBE – like matching product colors to catalog photos or ferreting out the precise white balance of a complex set of studio lighting – are best achieved in controlled conditions, with a little perseverance your SpyderCUBE can be a very helpful tool in the field as well. I took one with me on the photo tour I just led to Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma), and put it through its paces. I’ll admit that some of the ‘CUBE’ shots from the trip were taken for effect, but the SpyderCUBE helped me get the right color balance and set highlights and shadows very quickly in a number of tricky situations.[Read More]
Why will we pay a small fortune for a camera bag, but nothing for the organizers we put inside it? Heads turn when I pull out a serious camera bag. But once I open it, the magic ends. I have random cases and pouches from companies ten years dead, and even an old electric shaver kit inside. So one of my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions was to improve the quality of my gear organizers this year. Given the state of the calendar, I needed to move quickly.[Read More]
Time lapse photography consists of a series of still images, taken at intervals, which can be played back as a fast-motion video. Timelapses can be taken with a wide range of cameras, and don’t necessarily require much special equipment. This article will serve as an intro to the basics of low-cost time lapse.[Read More]
Watch as Datacolor Friend With Vision Jo Avilla walks you through an action figure photoshoot and post production color correction using the SpyderCHCKR.
Don’t forget to participate in our Holiday Giveaway which is running until December 31st. Not only will you get a chance to win Spyder products from Datacolor, but you will also find a lot of other great prizes from our friends (such as Wacom, Fujifilm, Zenfolio, onOne and many more).
Not long ago Harris Fogel, of Mac Edition Radio sat down in New York at PhotoPlus with C. David Tobie and David Saffir. They had an extensive discussion about color management in the mobile space, camera presets and in-camera white balance, video as the expansion space for photography today, the impact of compression codecs on video quality and color, and Spyder tools for managing color in the video arena.