Seán Duggan: Gradient Adjustments (Part 2)
May 2014 21

In the first part of this article, we explored how gradient adjustments can be made in-camera, by using a graduated neutral density filter. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at applying gradient adjustments in the post-processing part of the workflow using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

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Lee Varis: Options In SpyderCube Workflow – Music Studio Shoot Part 1 of 2
Jun 2014 17

My favorite white balance tool is by far the SpyderCUBE from DataColor. This little tool is always in my camera bag, and I find it invaluable on set, not only as a simple white balance reference, but as a lighting ratio reference, as well as a black point reference. DataColor has envisioned this tool as a complete post processing control reference and has a set of instructions for its use on the SpyderBLOG. I will explain how I use the SpyderCUBE in my own workflow in the following article.

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Lee Varis: Options In SpyderCube Workflow – Music Studio Shoot Part 2 of 2
Jul 2014 02

Most of the time I was also shooting video and, after doing a custom white balance in-camera, I pretty much had to stick with one setting for everything and try to get a decent overall exposure within the frame. For the video, I used a slightly blue white balance card to cheat the white balance a little warmer – this is a common trick for video to prevent the footage from looking too cold. This also had a slight benefit for the high iso – my camera, a Cannon 5D mk II, has a tendency to go blue in the shadows at the highest ISO.

The SypderCube proved to be very helpful in rough calibrating the color shift in the shadows…

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