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]
Time-lapse photography is a technique in which the frequency at which individual still frames are captured is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second; resulting in a speed increase.
Using time-lapse, one can use most still cameras to create a unique form of video.
During this session, Datacolor Experts David Saffir and David Tobie review time-lapse setup, execution, and post-production. This includes camera selection, setup, exposure, options in capture/frame rates, camera controllers, camera supports, post-production editing, and video rendering. We’ll also discuss adding an audio or music soundtrack to the final video. Several time-lapse videos will be reviewed, discussed and critiqued.[Read More]