Tutorial: Set white balance with DxO Optics Pro and Datacolor SpyderCUBE
Jul 2012 23

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.

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David Cardinal: Taming Color in Wildlife Photography
Aug 2012 14

Most articles on color management focus on the issues of reproducing product colors or skintones. But studio and portrait photographers aren’t the only ones who face color management issues. Even though wildlife doesn’t come with a set of Pantone chips that need to be matched, accurate color management and a full color-aware workflow is essential to creating the best possible wildlife and nature images.

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Webinar:  Advanced Uses of the SpyderCUBE
Aug 2012 16

Watch as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the Advanced Uses of the SpyderCUBE. This webinar focuses on practical, production-oriented use of the SpyderCUBE, and give you a great head-start on effective use of this tool.

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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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David Saffir: Using the SpyderCube with Histograms
Aug 2013 06

Remember the “old-style”, ordinary middle-gray card, the one so often used to help set exposure? As time went on, and digital photography came into its own, that same gray card was sometimes used to set in-camera white balance, or in post-production to neutralize color-cast effects produced by in-scene illuminants.

The problem is that many gray cards look gray, but the reflected light from the card may be affected by materials used its construction. These materials are considered to be “spectrally-biased”, in other words, they may reflect a color-cast from the illuminant in use.

If one uses a different material, one that is “spectrally-neutral”, it will return a result (reflected light) that is accurate regardless of lighting used. The material will have a neutral appearance, with little or no color-cast. The SpyderCUBE, which is discussed below, is constructed of these materials. That is what makes it so useful in setting in-camera white balance, and in neutralizing overall color in post-production.

Here’s a demonstration using an ordinary gray card purchased at my local camera shop….

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