Gianluca Colla: Reasons To Calibrate Autofocus
Jun 2012 12

Calibrating the autofocus? Do I really need it? Can I do it myself? The answer is yes to all of the above questions, but there are a few considerations to make, so let’s start from the beginning. Although we like to think our brand new camera and lenses are perfect out of the box, real life says it doesn’t always work that way. How many times while shooting a portrait, have we’ve focused on the eye, and the real sharper point was an eyelash or worst, the nose or the ear?

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C. David Tobie: “Leap Frog” Application of SpyderCube Presets in Adobe Lightroom
Jun 2012 11

Lightrooom users who own SpyderCUBE or SpyderCHECKR are familiar with the process of building SpyderCUBE white balance and lighting correction presets and SpyderCHECKR camera calibration presets in Lightroom, and then applying these presets to an entire series of images at one time. But many users are not familiar with the “Leap Frog” method of applying adjustments to images one after another. This method is particularly useful with SpyderCUBE lighting presets, as these may be adjusted a bit at a time as lighting or location changes.

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David Cardinal: Saving Your Photo Safari with Datacolor’s SpyderLensCal
Jun 2012 10

A common complaint among serious photographers is that their cameras don’t focus accurately. “Back-focus” and “front-focus” are both dreaded ailments that can plague any SLR (digital or film) and lens combination. Fresh from the factory, lens and camera are supposed to be calibrated so this doesn’t happen. However, not only does that not always occur, but once a lens and camera are in the field, it is only a matter of time before slight changes in the alignment can cause focus to drift.

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David A. Ziser: Reference “Prints” Anytime, Anywhere
Jun 2012 09

I was recently in Cabo San Lucas.  Our timing in Cabo coincided with Jeffery Cowart’s Help-Portrait Project. The Help-Portrait Project is Jeffery’s “once a year” global initiative to bring family portraits to families and individuals who would otherwise, because of limited means, never have an opportunity to have a family portrait made. It’s a great project and this was the second year we were working with missionaries in the area and photographing in the impoverished barrios of Cabo.

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Terrell Lloyd: To Color Manage, or not to Color Manage?  That is the question.
May 2012 17

For many years now I have gone without having any type of color management on my computer, but I have always asked myself if this is the right thing to do. Am I on the right track in my photography business? Am I getting the correct colors in postproduction or in my final print output?

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Color Management for Soft-Proofing in Photoshop and Lightroom 4
May 2012 16

Watch as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the range of issues photographers encounter when adding calibration and profiling of displays and printers, and soft-proofing to their workflow.

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Advanced Studio Display Calibration for Photographers
Apr 2012 18

Watch as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the issues photographers encounter when calibrating displays for use in photo studios and related workspaces, including solutions for ambient light issues, Studio Calibration Standards, and Side-by-Side tuning of displays for visual matching.

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Spyder4 Introduction to New Features and How to Use Them
Mar 2012 14

Listen as Datacolor Color Management Expert, David Saffir explains the ins and outs of the NEW Spyder4 technology and software and how it can help you get the most out of your images. No matter how you view them, from monitor, to print, to iPhone getting color managed images is easier than you think with Spyder4.

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