Display Calibration for Still and Video Imaging
Aug 2014 22

Watch David Saffir and David Tobie as they discuss techniques, tips, and tricks for keeping your displays humming along and working properly for you. We’ll cover a variety of topics, including tips on studio setup, basic and advanced calibration cycles, effect on your workflow and prints, techniques used for both computer-driven and video-driven displays, and selected aspects of trouble shooting. We’ll also cover dual display setups and harmonizing multiple displays on a desktop and in the field.

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Seán Duggan: Understanding Photoshop’s Missing & Mismatched Profile Messages
Aug 2014 20

In Photoshop’s Color Settings dialog (Edit > Color Settings) you can specify a working space for RGB (the spaces for CMYK, Gray, and Spot pertain to to images that will be reproduced on a printing press). The RGB working space should always be set to a device-independent color space (i.e. Adobe RGB, sRGB, or ProPhoto RGB). Even though the profile for your monitor is available in this menu, you should not use a profile that represents a particular piece of hardware for your RGB working space.

In terms of which working space to use, and with what type of files, that is another article all on its own, and I’ll delve into that topic in more detail in another column. The important thing to understand is that the RGB working space you choose in the Color Settings is only used as a default setting for any new files you create in Photoshop (i.e., totally blank documents), or as a baseline for how to interpret a file that has no embedded color profile. You can choose to work in other color spaces on a per-file basis.

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Camera Color Tools and Software for Photo and Video
Aug 2014 13

This webinar is intended to cover concepts and techniques related to in-camera and post-production color management for still and video cameras. Use of the new SpyderCHECKR 24 from Datacolor will be the focus of this discussion. You will learn how to normalize and manage color in individual cameras and while using multiple cameras, on-set or on-location.

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Trip of a Lifetime: Datacolor Contest Winner Rosemary Romito’s Week with Cardinal Photo and the Bears of Alaska
Aug 2014 12

Rosemary Romito is the lucky winner of our Datacolor Sweepstakes contest, co-sponsored by Sigma Photo. She won an all-expenses-paid trip with me on one of my Alaskan Grizzly Bear (aka Brown Bear) and Puffin photo safaris.

Coming from the intense heat of Las Vegas, the cool weather of Alaska was a refreshing change for Rosemary as the trip started. The first evening we all went out to dinner at a restaurant overlooking a seaplane lake in Anchorage — not the sort of thing you’d see in the desert environs of Nevada — then had a quick briefing on what to expect during the week, and finally got some rest before our charter flight to the Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Lake Clark Park.

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David Saffir: The New SpyderCHECKR 24 From Datacolor – Camera Color Correction for Photo and Video
Aug 2014 05

I’ve been working with the new SpyderCHECKR 24, which is the latest addition to the Datacolor toolbox for still photography and videography. It’s convenient, portable, and most important, very effective.

Every combination of lens, camera, and sensor has a unique color signature, and this may change in different lighting conditions. And, of course, these devices don’t perceive or record color the way the human eye does. And that’s where the SpyderCHECKR 24 comes in.

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