C. David Tobie: “Leap Frog” Application of SpyderCube Presets in Adobe Lightroom
Jun 2012 11

Lightrooom users who own SpyderCUBE or SpyderCHECKR are familiar with the process of building SpyderCUBE white balance and lighting correction presets and SpyderCHECKR camera calibration presets in Lightroom, and then applying these presets to an entire series of images at one time. But many users are not familiar with the “Leap Frog” method of applying adjustments to images one after another. This method is particularly useful with SpyderCUBE lighting presets, as these may be adjusted a bit at a time as lighting or location changes.

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C. David Tobie: Saturation Intent Fix for Printing From Lightroom
Jul 2012 26

Adobe’s Lightroom application is becoming more and more popular for printing images. Over time Lightroom has added a variety of printing options, such as print templates and saved print setups, so that it is now a more convenient location for many types of prints than Photoshop.

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CD Tobie: Directions for Using the SpyderCUBE with Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6 & Camera Raw 7.1
Aug 2012 28

Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, and Adobe Camera Raw 7.1 use Process 2012 introducing improved adjustment controls which require a new method of adjusting images when using SpyderCUBE.

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David Cardinal: Protecting Your Images Online
Nov 2012 27

One of the best things about all the great cameras and photo tools we have access to is the excellent images we can share online. Whether it is Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Picasa, or a personal website, almost every photo sharing service supports high-quality images. If you combine image quality with a proper color-managed workflow, your online photos can be awesome.

Unfortunately that also means your images are ripe for theft. If you are a professional that’s a business issue, but even if you are only sharing images for fun you probably want proper credit when they are used. Depending on how concerned you are, there are a variety of techniques and tools you can use to protect your images.

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Batch Applying SpyderCUBE and SpyderCHECKR ACR Presets in Adobe Bridge
Jan 2013 01

Adobe Bridge is often used for a range of housekeeping and batch functions by Photoshop owners who do not use Lightroom as their image management application. It is possible to apply presets built in Adobe Camera Raw from within Bridge for convenient batch processing of groups of images. This can be useful for SpyderCUBE and SpyderCHECKR owners.

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C David Tobie: Capture and Processing Techniques Example
Feb 2013 07

At 6AM this morning, the marine fog layer was thicker than usual in the California Central Coast. There was a diffused glow hinting at a sunrise to come, or that might never come, given the fog layer. So the tripod and camera at hand were grabbed immediately, as sunrise shots can fade quickly. This was shot using a Canon 5D Mark lll, with the L-series 24-105 f:4 lens.

Stepping out onto the balcony, the palmetto tree in the image was the best choice of foreground subjects, so the camera was set up to capture that, plus the sky to one side of it. A five second exposure at f:4 and ISO 200 seemed to offer a good balance, but five seconds was long enough to let the lightest of breezes blur all the palm frond tips. The camera was set to “two squeeze mode” where pressing the shutter the first time raises the mirror, eliminating mirror shake in the actual exposure, and the shot does not occur until the second time the shutter is squeezed. A remote trigger tool would have been appropriate, but there was not one available, so a light touch was used, along with many exposures. The multiple exposures were also shot in an attempt to catch a frame between breaths of wind. Of all the frames taken, there was one where nearly all the tips were still.

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C. David Tobie: The SpyderCheckr and Video Camera Calibration
Apr 2013 04

SpyderCHECKR produces color correction presets for Lightroom, ACR, and Phocus. These presets are typically applied to still images processed in these applications. Now that Lightroom 4 can catalog, clip, and even make basic adjustments to your video, the question of using SpyderCHECKR Lightroom Presets to correct color for your video cameras arises. This possibility is particularly interesting when it comes to adjusting video capture from different types of cameras, such as GoPro cameras and DSLRs, or different types of DSLRs, to match their color as closely as possible.

The answer is: yes, it is possible to apply an existing SpyderCHECKR preset, from a still image shot with your camera, to video shot with the same camera. However, since that preset was most likely shot in RAW, and certainly as a still image, its best to start from scratch, and shoot the SpyderCHECKR target in a video clip, to capture the actual video workflow for color correction.

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C. David Tobie: Lightroom 5 Beta and Datacolor Products
Apr 2013 23

Adobe has released a beta version of Lightroom 5. Here is my initial report on what Lightroom 5 Beta means for those using Datacolor products.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 1
Jun 2013 27

One of the new features in Lightroom 5 that is sure to be welcomed by many people, especially those who work with laptops, is the addition of Smart Previews. This new way of managing preview images will go a long way towards ending the frustration of the dreaded question mark icons that used to appear on image thumbnails if Lightroom couldn’t locate the actual source files.

A Smart Preview is a lossy Digital Negative File (DNG) that is saved at a smaller pixel dimension than the original. For images where Smart Previews are present, most of Lightroom’s features and functionality are available to you, even if the hard drive containing the actual image files is not connected to your computer. For the photographer who travels a lot, this is a huge improvement.

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Seán Duggan: Working Smart with Smart Previews in LR5, Part 2
Jul 2013 02

Part 1 of this article covered some of the ways that using Smart Previews in Lightroom 5 can help improve your workflow, particularly if you’re traveling and using a laptop. In this follow-up piece, I’ll delve a little deeper to explain just how Smart Previews affect the file size of your Lightroom catalog, as well make suggestions concerning how and when you should take advantage of them.

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