Terrell Lloyd: To Color Manage, or not to Color Manage?  That is the question.
May 2012 17

For many years now I have gone without having any type of color management on my computer, but I have always asked myself if this is the right thing to do. Am I on the right track in my photography business? Am I getting the correct colors in postproduction or in my final print output?

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David A. Ziser: Reference “Prints” Anytime, Anywhere
Jun 2012 09

I was recently in Cabo San Lucas.  Our timing in Cabo coincided with Jeffery Cowart’s Help-Portrait Project. The Help-Portrait Project is Jeffery’s “once a year” global initiative to bring family portraits to families and individuals who would otherwise, because of limited means, never have an opportunity to have a family portrait made. It’s a great project and this was the second year we were working with missionaries in the area and photographing in the impoverished barrios of Cabo.

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David Cardinal: Saving Your Photo Safari with Datacolor’s SpyderLensCal
Jun 2012 10

A common complaint among serious photographers is that their cameras don’t focus accurately. “Back-focus” and “front-focus” are both dreaded ailments that can plague any SLR (digital or film) and lens combination. Fresh from the factory, lens and camera are supposed to be calibrated so this doesn’t happen. However, not only does that not always occur, but once a lens and camera are in the field, it is only a matter of time before slight changes in the alignment can cause focus to drift.

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Gianluca Colla: Reasons To Calibrate Autofocus
Jun 2012 12

Calibrating the autofocus? Do I really need it? Can I do it myself? The answer is yes to all of the above questions, but there are a few considerations to make, so let’s start from the beginning. Although we like to think our brand new camera and lenses are perfect out of the box, real life says it doesn’t always work that way. How many times while shooting a portrait, have we’ve focused on the eye, and the real sharper point was an eyelash or worst, the nose or the ear?

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C. David Tobie: Top Ten Reasons to Calibrate Your Displays
Jun 2012 21

Have you been thinking about calibrating your displays? Are you wondering if it’s really necessary? It absolutely is, and C. David Tobie gives you ten fantastic reasons to get off the fence and take control of your color.

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Gianluca Colla: Leonardo Da Vinci Meets SpyderCHECKR
Jul 2012 03

National Geographic, Leonardo Da Vinci and Spyder Checkr: do they have something in common? And why? Well, if it happens to photograph for the famous magazine a painting possibly made by Leonardo called “La Bella Principessa”, and accurate colors are required, the three will definitely combine together!

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David Saffir: Datacolor Spyder4  Review (Pt. 1 of 3)
Jul 2012 06

The Datacolor Spyder4 series of display calibration devices have been released. There are three models: Spyder4EXPRESS, Spyder4PRO, and Spyder4ELITE. Spyder4EXPRESS is designed for photo enthusiasts, and offers automated color calibration at a very affordable price point. Spyder4PRO is intended for more advanced photographers, calibrates multiple monitors, and provides Monitor Quality Analysis (MQA) tools. Spyder4ELITE is designed for pro photographers and imaging pros, has advanced multiple display tuning, advanced MQA, advanced error reporting, and more.

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David Saffir: Datacolor Spyder4 Review: Software (Pt. 2 of 3)
Jul 2012 10

Spyder4ELITE software is unique – it operates in what Datacolor call “Step-by-Step Assistant mode (a type of Wizard), which consists largely of two series of functions, and in Expert Console mode, in which the software is highly customizable on one screen, and adaptable to a range of working situations. This article segment provides an introduction to some of the more important screens, and some new features, that you will see during the calibration and profiling of your display.

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David Saffir: Datacolor Spyder4 Review: Advanced Features of the Spyder4 Elite (Pt. 3 of 3)
Jul 2012 12

Overall, the Spyder4 Elite solution, and its companion MQA software, provide a diverse and flexible toolbox that can meet the needs of almost any professional involved in workplace color management. It’s well suited to a single-workstation or multi-workstation environment, and managing offsite assets as well.

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David Cardinal: Ambient Light in the Digital Workflow
Jul 2012 19

For all the time photographers spend worrying about color reproduction, and lighting their subjects, far too little attention is paid to the importance of light after the photograph is taken. Until you spend some time actually doing a comparison, it is hard to believe how much difference ambient light — the light that just happens to be there when you edit, print, or display your images — makes to the appearance of images.

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