TWiT.TV Interview on Still and Video Calibration with SpyderHD
Apr 2014 22

Scott Wilkinson interviewed Datacolor Product & Technology Manager C. David Tobie on the floor of the NAB 2014 tradeshow. The topics included calibration for video, what that means for 4K, and what the new SpyderHD bundle can offer for both still and motion calibration. Thanks to Scott and TWiT.TV for including us in TWiTbits coverage of NAB.

Since this interview covers the use of the SpyderCUBE, it is interesting to actually white balance the video. The image below shows a frame from the interview that includes the SpyderCUBE. At the top of the image, the frame is direct from the video. At the bottom the same frame has been white balanced using the SpyderCUBE as the reference. If you have a calibrated display, you can judge of the value of this correction yourself.

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Luminous-Landscape visits WPPI
Apr 2014 16

Luminous-Landscape contributor, Kevin Raber, sat down with Datacolor’s Global Product Technology Manager, David Tobie, at the Wedding Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) Trade Show & Convention in March.  In this video by Chris Sanderson, David tells us how photographers and videographers can successfully achieve correct color, light and white balance and exposure by utilizing the SpyderCHECKR and SpyderCUBE.  David also goes into depth on how to use these Spyder tools and how they interact with today’s DSLR cameras.

WPPI 2014: Datacolor’s David Tobie & Kevin Raber from The Luminous Landscape on Vimeo.

Read more about Luminous-Landscape’s visit to WPPI.

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Seán Duggan: Gradient Adjustments  (Part 1)
Apr 2014 09

Gradient adjustments are some of the most powerful, yet also most simple modifications that can be applied to your images. A gradient adjustment describes a change, be it a color or tonal adjustment that is applied so that there is a gradual fading from the adjusted to unadjusted area. In composites, gradient masks can be used to seamlessly blend different image elements together. In part 1 of this article, we’ll take a look at gradient adjustments that can be applied in the camera, via a graduated neutral density filter. In subsequent parts, I’ll cover post-capture gradient adjustment techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Video Reference Display Calibration Co-sponsored by Plura Broadcast
Apr 2014 04

Watch as we discuss display calibration for video review and editing using Plura Broadcast Video Reference Display Technology and the Datacolor Spyder4. We’ll go through a step by step process, including screen shots, accurately adjusting the display using Plura software and the Spyder4 calibration device. Plura is the first video reference display that has integrated advanced calibration capabilities using the Datacolor Spyder. Step up your game using Plura Broadcast technology and Datacolor Spyder calibration!

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David Cardinal: Cintiq Companion – An all-in-one, pro-quality, mobile digital darkroom
Apr 2014 02

Wacom tablets — and especially the Cintiq portable touch-enabled display versions — have been wildly popular with serious photographers and graphic artists for years. Until now, using one on the road has meant bringing along both a laptop and a tablet. With Wacom’s new Cintiq Companion, Windows users can have it all in one device. The Companion runs Windows 8.1 — including all of Adobe Creative Cloud’s applications — on a high-end pressure-sensitive display that supports both multi-touch and a Wacom stylus.

Unlike most Android and iOS tablets, the Companion is essentially a full laptop — minus the keyboard. It features a powerful i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and either a 256 GB or 512 GB solid-state disk for storage. It has mini-DisplayPort for driving an external monitor, as well as two USB 3.0 ports — handy for high-performance card readers and an external mouse or keyboard. Wacom also sells a small — but not backlit — Bluetooth keyboard.

The Companion provides a great starting point for a full, mobile, digital darkroom, but putting a workable system together still requires some planning and effort.

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