Planning Backcountry Photo Shoots
Nov 2013 08

Backcountry photo shoots often require research, planning and in some cases, special equipment. Watch David Saffir and David Tobie as they explore several real-life scenarios, including the on-line exploration of maps, weather, lighting, equipment planning and packing, renting, borrowing or buying special equipment, arranging transport and accommodations, and much more!

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OS X Mavericks & Spyder Product Line Compatibility
Nov 2013 07

We are pleased to inform you that we have found no global issues with the software for the Spyder product line when running under the new OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

The SpyderCHECKR plugin for Adobe Camera RAW (Photoshop), Lightroom, and Hasselblad Phocus is working as expected. SpyderPRINT also works smoothly with Mavericks.

Spyder4EXPRESS, Spyder4PRO, and Spyder4ELITE are working correctly for most customers, but we have found minor issues on certain systems. Fortunately we have been able to reproduce these problems, so we are now investigating. The calibration process works correctly in all cases and the profile can be calculated and activated normally. The SpyderProof feature to toggle calibration on and off does not work as expected on some systems under OS X 10.9. Toggling the language setting in System Preferences solves this issue for some users.

Please subscribe to our newsletter if you would like an update when we have a solution. You can also select the “Check for Software Updates” option in the Preferences section of your Spyder4 software and you will be informed when a new version is available.

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Seán Duggan: Black is the New Black
Nov 2013 05

Auguste Renoir, the French painter who was part of the Impressionist movement in the late 1800s, once made an interesting observation about color:

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.”

As photographers, we can learn a lot from that simple statement. No matter how you choose to portray color in your images, whether bright and vibrant, or more muted and subdued, it’s important to understand the central role that black plays in any photograph.

Black is critical in images simply because the structure of the dark shadow details creates a foundation, or a framework that carries the rest of the scene. Without a solid foundation in the form of strong blacks, the entire image can be affected, resulting in an image that looks muddy and indistinct.

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C. David Tobie: Dedicated Cinema Lenses and Your DSLR
Oct 2013 31

Standard DSLR lenses of the type you already own for your DSLR cameras work quite well for shooting video, both with DSLR bodies, and with the next step up: Cinema cameras such as those from Black Magic and Camera Red, if the lens mounts are compatible. However there are also dedicated cinema lenses designed specifically for shooting video. This may leave you wondering just what is unique about these lenses, and why might you consider acquiring one or more of them.

The list of advantages of Cinema lenses over their DSLR brethren is relatively short, and the justifications may sound minimal as well; but they may add up to justify adding one or more dedicated cinema lenses to your collection, if you find yourself shooting an increasing amount of motion.

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