Datacolor Expert Gianluca Colla: Behind The Scenes in India
May 2013 30

This video shows footage from a photo shoot in India conducted by professional photographer and Datacolor Expert Gianluca Colla. Gianluca’s photographs have appeared in various publications including National Geographic Magazine, New York times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, CondèNaste, Bloomberg News.

His images are represented by National Geographic Image Collection. Gianluca has an intense lecturing and teaching activity counting various seminars and workshops, including TPW, Canon Academy and Cruise Photo Factory.

David Saffir: Blending Macro-Images For Depth-of-Field
Jun 2013 04

One of the most intriguing tools in Photoshop is layer alignment and blending. One practical use for these is macro photography – you can create images that have depth of field that is nearly impossible to get in a single frame.

Why? Because a 105mm macro lens on a full-frame camera has depth of field of about 0.6mm at f/16 – in other words, a very, very thin slice. Combining multiple images with different focal points gives us – voila! … a merged macro image that should be completely in focus, front to back, near to far.

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David Saffir: Managing Dynamic Range In Post-Production
Jun 2013 06

I discussed capture management processes in the first two parts of this series. In this segment, I’ll review a method you can use to manage dynamic range in post-production, focusing on use of the white and black face of the SpyderCUBE.

The SpyderCUBE is fabricated from a spectrally-neutral hybrid resin, which is through-pigmented and is highly durable. The spectrally-neutral bit is very important; it ensures accurate color balance under any light, or in mixed light. One of the other things I particularly like about the SpyderCUBE is its 3-D design – it’s always easy to identify the primary light source: just look for the brightest face on the right or the left of the device.

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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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Seán Duggan: Black is the New Black
Nov 2013 05

Auguste Renoir, the French painter who was part of the Impressionist movement in the late 1800s, once made an interesting observation about color:

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.”

As photographers, we can learn a lot from that simple statement. No matter how you choose to portray color in your images, whether bright and vibrant, or more muted and subdued, it’s important to understand the central role that black plays in any photograph.

Black is critical in images simply because the structure of the dark shadow details creates a foundation, or a framework that carries the rest of the scene. Without a solid foundation in the form of strong blacks, the entire image can be affected, resulting in an image that looks muddy and indistinct.

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David Saffir: The Move to Motion: Timelapse Photography
Jan 2014 30

Timelapse photography is a great way to break into motion-based imaging. Timelapse can be accomplished in at least two ways: combining multiple frames into a single image, or using multiple frames to create a timelapase video. In this article, I’ll discuss the former; we have additional articles coming up that will discuss the latter.

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Hernan Rodriguez: Color Harmony – Perfecting Color and Contrast in Your Images
Feb 2014 17

Most often we might proceed with all the details of our shoot including lighting, location, models and props, but we often will just wing our color balance. I’ve been caught many times on location with a mix of different types of lights from overhead incandescent lights mixed with flash. I heavily rely on a simple color and exposure calibration system offered by Datacolor. This system will save you endless hours in post-production, by simply white balancing to the white and black target SpyderCUBE and the color SpyderCHECKR taken in a shot at the onset of your portrait session. The SpyderCUBE helps you to set the white balance, exposure and black level when editing pictures. The SpyderCHECKR will provide color correction for camera. It can be used to set the correct color temperature for your session.

For my commercial and celebrity sessions, I might be working with 2-3k images per session. Imagine the length of time required to process these images. With the Datacolor process, I can get them all done from the one target shot.

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For more information about Hernan’s Master Class at WPPI – The Influence of Color Harmony – Click Here

Seán Duggan: Layer Blend Modes, Part 1
Mar 2014 11

Blending Modes in Adobe Photoshop are some of the most powerful ways to quickly transform an image, either for creative explorations, or for more practical purposes that address fixing a specific issue. Most people are probably familiar with blending modes from the Mode menu at the top of the Layers panel, but they also make appearances in other areas of Photoshop, such as options for any of the painting tools, and as key elements in the Apply Image and Calculations dialogs.

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Seán Duggan: Layer Blend Modes, Part 2
Mar 2014 18

In Part 1 of this article I covered the fundamentals of blend modes, and how each mode affects the image. These are accessed using the mode menu at the top of the Layers panel in Photoshop. In this follow-up, we’ll take a look at a few useful ways that you can use blend modes in Photoshop.

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