One of the oldest problems with photography is getting the lighting conditions in which you capture your images under control. Today stand-alone light meters are less frequently used to gather your exposure and capture information as digital cameras have evolved to have good metering capabilities in themselves. Whether you choose to use an external meter, which can add extra control and accuracy to the process but also additional complexity (and weight to your camera bag) or want to work ‘in camera’ or maybe just ‘sort it out’ in post-process, two key elements to capture and control at the point of pressing the shutter are the contrast range of your shots and also the white point (i.e. a true known white for the shots that can allow you to remove major casts). Find a way of recording this accurately and you won’t need to guess what the conditions were like in hindsight when you retouch your images, you’ll have a point of reference to compare with.
Read more about controlling your shots, in Richard West’s latest article for Datacolor, here.
While the main purpose of using a Spyder5 is to calibrate and profile your monitors, many users don’t realize that it can also perform a variety of advanced tests on your monitor. In this article we look at the specific tests you can do with the Display Analysis module, how to do them, and what they measure.[Read More]
The cornerstone of any digital workflow is an accurate display. Your display is the window into your digital world. If your display does not show an accurate representation of your image, you cannot make informed adjustments. Generally speaking, monitors are natively too saturated, too cool and too bright for a photographic workflow. As a consequence, these are attributes you are compensating for when you edit an image on an un-calibrated display. This means your image will not accurately reflect true-to-life color, nor print the way you intend without adjustment or test prints.[Read More]
Getting color right is an essential part of effective photography. There is a lot we can do both within the camera and in post processing to accomplish that. In this article, we’ll look at some steps you can take to identify the cause and potentially fix some of the most common issues with color.[Read More]
With digital photography, the first view of our images is on the screen on the back of the camera. But just how reliable is that image preview, as well as the histogram that can also be displayed on the camera? And, more to the point, are there times when it is giving you less than accurate information about the photo you just shot? In this article we’ll take a look at that question, concentrating mainly on how it relates to exposure with Raw files.[Read More]