C David Tobie Image Critique: Environmental Portrait of a Chef
Feb 2013 14

This is part of a series of image critiques. Each article describes a selected image based on a similar series of criteria. The goal is for the reader to become familiar with the critical concepts involved, in order to apply them to other images, developing a set of critical terms that can be used to analyze images, and make decisions about how best to process images, to provide the strongest result.

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C David Tobie: Lensbaby Image Comparison
Feb 2013 12

I recently had the opportunity to shoot with my long-distance friend David Saffir. We are usually thousands of miles apart, so this was a great chance to work side-by-side. One of the goals of the shoot was for David to experience Lensbaby’s lenses and macro attachments, and since the upcoming webinar Datacolor is co-sponsoring with Lensbaby is on floral photography, we went to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, as a prime location for shooting native California flowers, as well as landscapes.

When reviewing images after the shoot, I was struck by a pair of shots of the same view across Mission Canyon. David Saffir’s image was taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro1, with the 35mm f/1.4 lens. Mine what shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll, with a Lensbaby Composer lens. Comparing the two images is a good opportunity to analyze Lensbaby photography; highlighting some of its unique features.

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C David Tobie: Capture and Processing Techniques Example
Feb 2013 07

At 6AM this morning, the marine fog layer was thicker than usual in the California Central Coast. There was a diffused glow hinting at a sunrise to come, or that might never come, given the fog layer. So the tripod and camera at hand were grabbed immediately, as sunrise shots can fade quickly. This was shot using a Canon 5D Mark lll, with the L-series 24-105 f:4 lens.

Stepping out onto the balcony, the palmetto tree in the image was the best choice of foreground subjects, so the camera was set up to capture that, plus the sky to one side of it. A five second exposure at f:4 and ISO 200 seemed to offer a good balance, but five seconds was long enough to let the lightest of breezes blur all the palm frond tips. The camera was set to “two squeeze mode” where pressing the shutter the first time raises the mirror, eliminating mirror shake in the actual exposure, and the shot does not occur until the second time the shutter is squeezed. A remote trigger tool would have been appropriate, but there was not one available, so a light touch was used, along with many exposures. The multiple exposures were also shot in an attempt to catch a frame between breaths of wind. Of all the frames taken, there was one where nearly all the tips were still.

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Datacolor Expert David Ziser’s Third Annual PhotoPro Expo
Feb 2013 06

Mark February 7 – 11 on your calendar as the Midwest’s premier photo event – PhotoPro Expo 2013.  David Ziser is officially inviting all Datacolor SpyderBLOG readers to attend this unique event.

The speaker line up includes National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally; Photoshop guru, Julieanne Kost; the hottest wedding photographers on the planet, Zach and Jody Gray; top shooter, best-selling author, & social media expert, Rick Sammon; Saturday Night “Live” HDSLR legend, Alex Buono; high school, senior & marketing geniuses, Kent and Sarah Smith; the legendary Kevin Kubota; fashion photographer, Lou Freeman and top commercial, digital illustrator, Woody Walters. A total of 26 speakers presenting nearly 40 programs!

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C. David Tobie Image Critique: Umbrellas on the Promenade
Jan 2013 31

This is part of a series of image critiques. Each article describes a selected image based on a similar series of criteria. The goal is for the reader to become familiar with the critical concepts involved, in order to apply them to other images, developing a set of critical terms that can be used to analyze images, and make decisions about how best to process images, to provide the strongest result.

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Datacolor Winter 2013 Line-Up of Free Color Management Webinars for Photographers
Jan 2013 29

Continuing its popular series, Datacolor is offering introductory and advanced webinars on a variety of topics to demonstrate new techniques for photographers to enhance their skills. Co-sponsors, including Lensbaby and SLR Lounge will provide an even more dynamic webinar series, including product giveaways and promotions.

The bi-monthly webinars, hosted by David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor, and David Saffir, Datacolor expert, noted landscape and fine art photographer, and author of “Master Digital Color,” focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages. Webinars include step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussion to provide photographers with new methods to produce high quality results with their own images.

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C. David Tobie to Present at Cal Poly’s International Printing Week
Jan 2013 28

Anyone attending International ing Week at the Cal Poly, or in the San Luis Obispo, CA area, please join C David Tobie, Datacolor Product Technology Manager, for a one-hour presentation on Display Calibration for All Your Viewing Devices. This session runs from 4PM to 5PM on Tuesday, Jan 28. This session will cover calibration for a wide array of display types, multiple display tuning, projector calibration, and iPhone/iPad calibration. This session is restricted to Cal Poly students and those with International Display Week passes; please contact the Graphic Communication Department at the URL above if you are interested in attending.

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FOTOfusion Public Presentation by C David Tobie: Video for Photographers, Friday Jan 25, 3:45 PM Hall 616
Jan 2013 25

If you are attending FOTOfusion at the Palm Beach Photo Centre, or if you are in the Palm Beach area, please join C David Tobie, Datacolor Product Technology Manager, for a one-hour presentation on video for photographers. This session runs from 3:45 to 4:45 on Friday, Jan 24, and will cover basic info on cameras, lenses, tripods, lights, software, computers, and displays, for photographers who are considering moving into motion work. Color management for video will also be discussed. This will not be a highly technical session, so feel free to attend even if you don’t know what a CODEC is, or why you might need one. This session is open to the public, so all you need to do is show up at the West Palm Beach Community Center (same building as the library), and ask directions to 616. We hope to see you there!

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C. David Tobie Image Critique: Times Square Pedicab
Jan 2013 24

This is the first in a series of image critiques. Each article describes a selected image based on a similar series of criteria. The goal is for the reader to become familiar with the critical concepts involved, in order to apply them to other images, developing a set of critical terms that can be used to analyze images, and make decisions about how best to process images, to provide the strongest result.

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David Saffir: Selective Sharpening Technique for Portraits
Jan 2013 22

Sharpening images can be a challenging task. One of the issues involved is the choice between sharpening the entire image, or sharpening only the detailed areas that will really add to image quality.

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