Color Management

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Datacolor Spyder 5: The best desktop color management tool keeps getting better

There is nothing more frustrating to a photographer than not being able to judge the color of their images. Even black and white images need accurate tonal values. That’s why I’ve long been a proponent of a fully color-managed workflow, providing the best chance that images shown on your monitor will match the way they came out of the camera and the way they look when printed. There are plenty of solutions, but having tried most of them, the one that stands out as a combination of functionality, ease-of-use, and reasonable price. That’s the Spyder line from Datacolor. This week Datacolor released a sleek new version – the Spyder5. I’ve been using it for a while now during its beta test, and am impressed… Read more »

Choosing a Colorspace–When to Go Large

sp_ballooning_0177For most folks it is enough trouble to get their images sorted, filed and emailed or printed. But for the dedicated few who take the extra time to work on them in Photoshop it isn’t long before they stumble across the topic of colorspaces. Like most things in photography once you know about it you can find endless and often contradictory advice about what it is and how to deal with it. The topic came up again on our recent photo safari so I thought it would be a good time to help clarify things…

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Customize your Color: 20 Minutes to Better Prints with Spyder3 Print SR

For many years I've struggled with a good way to review printer profiling solutions. Fully featured solutions cost thousands of dollars so they were always hard to recommend and lower cost solutions required so much time, effort and tweaking that they were only suitable for truly hard-core users...

Datacolor Introduces Revoluationary new SpyderCube

DataColor officially announces the SpyderCube--the one tool every D-SLR owner needs to get their images right in the camera.

This inexpensive ($59) device lets you capture the key elements of your scene (primary & secondary lighting, neutral, specular highlight level, etc) w

Profiling Your Printer

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Printing Great Color:
Profiling your Printer with Colorvision PrintFIX PRO

A crucial and too frequently overlooked step in every photographer's workflow is printing images with great color. Until now the process of profiling a printer has been somewhat arcane and very expensive. High end profiling packages like Profilemaker, when combined with the needed hardware, can cost several thousand dollars. Read more »