Webinar: Color Management for Fine Art Reproduction
Sep 2012 13

Watch as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss color management techniques, review photographic methodology, demonstrate printing on fine-art media, and provide marketing tips for recruiting artists in your area.

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David Saffir: Frequently Asked Questions About Display Calibration from Photoshop World West 2012
Sep 2012 18

I recently spent several days working with photographers on color management issues at Photoshop World West in Las Vegas, I thought it would be a good idea to pick a few of the most frequently heard issues and try to address them here:

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Datacolor Introduces SpyderCAPTURE PRO
Sep 2012 19

Photographers have long understood that the most important element in controlling their color is display calibration. And those that are serious about making their own prints also understand the value of custom printer profiles in getting the best results and reducing trial-and-error test prints. But many photographers are only recently becoming aware of capture calibration.  Datacolor’s new SpyderCAPTURE PRO product is designed with this new interest in capture calibration in mind.

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David Cardinal: A Photographers’ Survival Guide to Color Spaces
Sep 2012 20

Have you ever put a lot of work into getting an image just right and then sent it off to a friend or an editor and had them say it looked washed out? Or have you taken a perfectly good-looking image and sent it off to a service bureau only to get back a print that looked like mud? Or maybe you thought you’d tweaked out the ultimate in detail from a subtle sky and had your prints look posterized? If you’ve had any of these problems, or just wish you knew how to set up color spaces in your workflow, this article provides a survival guide to help.

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David Cardinal: Use Datacolor SpyderGALLERY To Strut Your Stuff On Your iPad or iPhone
Sep 2012 27

Increasingly photographers are turning to iPads as an alternative to printing paper portfolios or showing proof prints. Images nearly jump off the high-quality display and the benefits in terms of flexibility are obvious and substantial. But the iPad doesn’t offer any way to calibrate or profile its display — meaning there isn’t any built-in way to ensure accurate color. This has left most of us mumbling vague apologies in advance when about to show off our latest creations on an iPad or iPhone.

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Webinar: Calibration for All of Your Display Devices: including iPhones, iPads & More
Oct 2012 08

Join us Tuesday, October 16th from 3PM-4PM EDT, as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the issues photographers encounter when calibrating displays for use in photo studios and related workspaces. Some issues to be discussed include: accurate color calibration, ambient light and studio setup issues, studio calibration standards, and side-by-side tuning of displays for visual matching.

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C David Tobie: Editing Fall Foliage Photos
Oct 2012 18

At the peak of fall foliage season the colors can reach fluorescent levels, by borrowing light from outside the visible spectrum and reemitting it in the red through yellow zones. Because of this, foliage photography requires careful editing to produce the type of image our eye recalls seeing. All too often people make the wrong adjustments, resulting in images that look false and unsatisfying. Lets look at a set of foliage photo adjustments, first by the numbers, and then tweaked to emulate the eye’s response, to see where photographers usually go wrong.

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Zenfolio Interview with Datacolor’s David Tobie
Nov 2012 29

Datacolor Global Product Technology Manager C. David Tobie was interviewed by the Zenfolio Blog team recently, on the topic of color management, as it affects their customers. This has mostly to do with the concepts of display calibration, ambient light control, and creating and using printer profiles. Here’s an excerpt:

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David Saffir: Tips For Portrait Photography Part 3: Color Management
Dec 2012 18

It may seem that the testing, adjustments, and color correction described in this article are challenging and time consuming. Certainly, a bit of practice is needed to master these skills. You’ll find that once these techniques are in place, you’ll produce images that have far better depth and detail, and more accurate color – and in the end, you’ll spend far less time in post-production. That means more time behind the camera, making great images!

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David Cardinal: Taming Color in Your Slideshows
Apr 2013 02

As photographers, more and more of our images never make it to paper. They are seen online, often in a slideshow. Of course, slideshows have gotten a lot more complex than dropping some of our “as shot” slides in a carousel. With that complexity comes a host of new problems – first and foremost among them the accurate reproduction of color in a variety of challenging situations. Most projectors and HDTVs don’t do a great job of truly representing the color in our images to begin with, so they need all the help they can get from us.

As with most of color management, there isn’t any simple way to ensure that your images are seen the way they are supposed to look on every possible device, but with the right tools and some careful planning, you can greatly increase your likelihood of success.

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