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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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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CD Tobie: Canon 5D Mark lll and Nikon D800 Color Comparison
Sep 2012 04

This article compares the uncalibrated and calibrated color from Canon and Nikon’s recently released pro camera bodies: the Canon 5D Mark lll, and the Nikon D800. I recently spent two weeks in Tuscany shooting with other photographers. One of those was Kevin O’Connor, who was carrying the new Nikon D800, while I was carrying the Canon 5D Mark lll. It was interesting to compare the two cameras in terms of various types of shooting from sports to glamour, from food to landscape, not to mention low light and long lenses. But this article focusses on one factor of each camera: its native color, and its calibrated color.

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Rolf Nachbar: How Can I Capture a Perfect Ferrari Red?
Sep 2012 11

What a request for a photo production: “Mr. Nachbar, can you photograph four historic Ferraris for us, for illustration in a big format calendar?” My heart as an advertising photographer and aficionado of historic cars took a leap after the first sentence already. The extent of the production and the requirements towards my team and me were defined quickly and clearly: We had to stage four unique Ferraris, manufactured between 1952 and 1970, on location, that should yield a nice twelve-image series for a picture calendar.

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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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Rolf Nachbar: Interior Photography in Small Spaces – Staging Motorhomes Expertly
Sep 2012 25

One of my team’s specialties is the staging of beautiful interiors in small spaces. We have been photographing for the leading manufacturers of sailing and motorboats as well as motorhomes for many years now. Be it on wheels or or on the ocean, we try to tell the story of great freedom with luxurious living space with our images. A few weeks ago we were shooting this year’s new products for the European market leader in motorhome construction, Hymer AG. In this production report I want to go into some of the peculiarities and solutions of interior photography.

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Behind The Scenes With Datacolor Expert Rolf Nachbar
Oct 2012 05

This video shows behind the scenes footage from a photo shoot conducted by professional photographer Rolf Nachbar. Rolf explains how he uses SpyderCHECKR, our color reference tool and gray card. SpyderCHECKR helps capture consistent color from day to day and camera to camera. You can apply these results easily in your workflow with RAW import software such as, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

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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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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: 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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