Introduction to Still Image Editing and Correction
Dec 2013 05

Watch As David Saffir, David Tobie and Hector Martinez review DxO’s latest upgrade to DxO Viewpoint 2, their tool for geometric and architectural corrections. They’ll explore the performance of Perspective vis-à-vis tools available in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, showing before and after for a number of images. Photographers and designers will find these tools as well as the Datacolor Spyder monitor calibration tools useful in post-production for portfolios, paid assignments, and publication.

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31 Days of Giveaways from Datacolor and Friends
Dec 2013 04

Happy holidays! From December 1st through 31st Datacolor will be giving away daily prizes! Not only will you get a chance to win Spyder products from Datacolor, but you will also find a lot of other great prizes from our friends (such as Wacom, Fujifilm, Zenfolio, onOne and many more).

Go to http://spyder.datacolor.com/holidaygiveaway for more details and to enter. Winners will be published here.

C. David Tobie: The MacPro/iMac Dividing Line in Photo & Video
Dec 2013 03

It was not that long ago, despite their glamorous looks, that we could not recommend iMacs as offering sufficient screen quality for use as image editing systems. However, recent generations of iMacs show significant improvements in screen uniformity, viewing angle, dynamic range, and color accuracy, making them the defacto image editor on the Mac platform.

The long absence of any significant upgrade to the MacPro, on the other hand, has forced many Mac users to the iMac, if they needed to purchase a new Mac for imaging. The new (and yes, revolutionary) MacPro will change the balance; but not at the same tipping point as in years past.

Now that the iMac makes a good entry-level imaging station, and the new MacPro will offer a powerhouse for advanced imaging and video, the question will be: which one is right for a given user. The answer is not as straightforward as it might seem.

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C. David Tobie: Video Basics – Video Monopods
Dec 2013 03

We’re all familiar with monopods. They have a telescoping leg, a camera mount on the top, and a rubber pad or metal point on the bottom. Or do they? Video monopods are stretching that definition, and creating some interesting opportunities in the process.

The magic feature to the latest video monopods is that, while they still have only one leg, they now have three foldable feet; three feet large enough to hold the extended monopod in an upright position without any assistance when extended. This is not a trick you’d care to try with a camera mounted on the monopod, but it does point out how different these devices are from walking-stick style monopods.

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