Jasper Doest: Spyder4ELITE
Feb 2015 25

I clearly remember my first steps into the world of digital photography. I was a student, had little money to spend and therefore a D-SLR was a big investment. Due to the immediate feedback I started climbing a steep learning curve and soon after I started sending out images to magazines for publication. However, I was never satisfied when it came to the print-results. Although I couldn’t really afford it, I made one of the best decisions ever and bought the original Datacolor Spyder. It took me a while before I got used to the new look of my CRT monitor, as colors looked a bit too warm at first. However, after a couple of days I got accustomed and noticed why my prints didn’t look good. And although I had to process the images again, I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Whenever you start using the camera’s RAW-format, the post-processing becomes a necessity in regards of contrast and colour. It is essential to work on a calibrated system and to develop a proper workflow. These things should not be underestimated as you can see in the image attached. On the left the unprocessed RAW file, on the right the processed version. The smallest of changes in contrast can make a whole lot of difference.

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Explore. Discover. Win a Trip to Paris!
Feb 2015 11

The team here at Datacolor is excited to present our latest giveaway: a Paris Photo Expedition! This is the ultimate adventure.

Someone will have a life changing experience this year! Will it be you?

You’ll be traveling in complete comfort and style with fellow photographers on a once-in-a-lifetime trip guided throughout Paris, Versailles and the surrounding provinces with an acclaimed photographer: all for 2 lucky winners!

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David Cardinal: Using Presets to Establish Your Photographic Styles
Feb 2015 04

In the days of film, a photographer’s visual style – the look of their work — was heavily influenced by their choice of film stock and paper. With digital, while choice of camera matters somewhat, post-processing is a key element in establishing a visual style. Choosing your tools, and how you use them, wisely can help make your photography more appealing and successful.

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David Cardinal: Profiling a Curved Monitor or TV with Datacolor’s Spyder4
Jan 2015 28

My first thought when I saw Dell’s awesome-looking 34-inch curved monitor at CES was, “Wow, that’d be amazing for photo editing.” Price tag aside, the idea of having a single screen — with its viewing angle optimized from edge-to-edge by the slight curve of the display – to replace the two monitors I have wedged next to each other in a “V” is quite appealing. However, my second thought was, “How can I profile it?” Fortunately it turns out that it is quite possible to calibrate and profile a curved monitor using Datacolor’s Spyder4 hardware and software – with just a little bit of extra effort.

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Seán Duggan: Using Gray Targets for Night Photography
Jan 2015 20

Using a gray target such as the SpyderCUBE or the SpyderCHECKR 24 as a known reference for a neutral gray can be quite useful for correcting white balance issues in post processing. This is true for any shot where accurate white balance is important, but it can be particularly useful for night photography, especially for some exterior locations where there may be multiple light sources that have different color temperatures.

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