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.[Read More]
In this tutorial we will show you how to adjust the white balance to compensate for the color casts that can be caused by certain kinds of artificial lighting (such as tungsten or neon), so as to give your images a more natural look.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
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.[Read More]
This is the first in a series of articles discussing proactive management of key elements involved in creating high-quality digital images. In this segment, I’ll review use of the SpyderCUBE in managing dynamic range and exposure.
The simplest take-away from the oft-misunderstood Zone System, is that an image should be exposed to utilize the most or all of the range from black to white, without unintended clipping of near-whites, or blocking up of near- blacks. If the image does not incorporate the full dynamic range in a scene, the photographer should have done this by intent.
In digital photography, the most commonly recommended camera settings involve protecting detail in the brightest parts of the image, and correcting everything else in post-processing.[Read More]
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.[Read More]