The Tables have Turned, and now David Saffir Needs Your Assistance

David Saffir, shooting in Paso Robles CA, earlier this year

David Saffir, shooting in Paso Robles CA, earlier this year

We are writing this note for distribution to all the places where David Saffir has generously provided his expertise and wisdom over the years; please distribute as appropriate.

Many of you will recognize David’s name. Some from the excellent book he contributed to our Mastering Digital Series, named Mastering Digital Color. It still sits on my resource volume shelf. Others have heard David speak at venues from Sammy’s in California to B&H Photo in New York. And in recent years you may have had the opportunity to discuss photography, videography, and digital workflow with him in the Datacolor booth at a number of tradeshows. Thousands of you would recognize his voice from the webinars we co-hosted for Datacolor on a wide array of photo and video topics. Finally, there are those who have followed David’s personal blog, as well as his frequent contributions to the SpyderBLOG.

Like many photographers, David is an independent contractor. This means he has to pay for his own health insurance, most recently through the Affordable Care Act. Recently David’s wife underwent major surgery, and the bills, above what insurance covered, had already begun to mount. During her recovery David suffered a major stroke, leaving one side of his body paralyzed. Neither of the Saffirs will be able to return to work any time soon.

An account has been set up on David’s behalf, and any donations to it will be used towards the Saffir’s rapidly growing short-term expenses. Donations can be made payable to David Saffir, and sent to his sister Cynthia Saffir, 2266 Pelham Ave. Los Angeles CA 90064. Alternately, you can donate via PayPal, account name csaff@yahoo.com. All donations, of any size, will be much appreciated.

We will keep you informed of David’s progress, as further information becomes available. Thank you for your assistance.

 

David Tobie, on behalf of Mike Ritzer, Ken Sklute,

and a growing list of other photography friends.

 

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2014. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

PhoozL Interiors Photo Contest

This week’s PhoozL Photo Contest was on the topic “Interiors” and offered a wide array of interpretations of that theme. Here is an except from my Judge’s comments:

“This was an interesting and varied group of images, making the judging process challenging. There were unique and challenging concepts of ‘interior’ and strong compositions telling interesting stories. I had never, for example, considered the inside of automobiles as interiors, as a number of participants did.”

“The primary contest description from me was: ‘Interiors: Light, on Forms, In Space; in a manner that defines an interior.’ And those were the key criteria for judging the contest. Let’s take a look at the winners I’ve picked through that lens, as well as a few other filters that I explain with each selection.”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2013.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

PhoozL Architectural Detail Photo Contest

I recently judged a photo contest at the PhoozL photography site on the topic of Architectural Details. Here is an excerpt from my judges summary:

“Amongst those that clearly fit the architectural detail category there were many interesting images, ranging from pure black-and-white with no grays, to blazing full color, and from macro-level closeups covering a foot wide detail, to shots covering parts of multiple buildings. My comments on the individual winners will explain the unique characteristics of these six images that brought them to the winner’s circle. Thanks to all the participants for a strong showing in one of my favorite categories!”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

PhoozL Architectural Night Photo Contest Results

I’ve just completed judging the PhoozL Photography Contest of the Week. This week’s theme was Architectural Night Photography. From my overview:

“I was impressed by the quality of images submitted to the ‘Architecture Nights’ photo contest. Many were classic city skylines, with dramatic sunsets or colorful water reflections. A few stood out by offering unique perspectives or content, something that will stick with me and effect my vision in the future; which is always an important criteria for me when judging images.”

Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website: CDTobie.com   Return to Blog’s Main Page

C David Tobie Presents at Stanford University’s SCIEN Coloquia Lecture Series

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David Cardinal recently wrote an article on my presentation at Stanford University for the Datacolor SpyderBLOG. For those of you interested in color management, it covers some of the issues I addressed in that lecture.

Click HERE to view the article.

Photo Credit: David Cardinal, Copyright 2013. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

C David Tobie to Present at International Printing Week, Cal Poly

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Anyone attending International Printing Week at the Cal Poly, or in the San Luis Obispo, CA area, please join C David Tobie, Datacolor Product Technology Manager, for a one-hour presentation on Display Calibration for All Your Viewing Devices. This session runs from 4PM to 5PM on Tuesday, Jan 28. This session will cover calibration for a wide array of display types, multiple display tuning, projector calibration, and iPhone/iPad calibration. This session is restricted to Cal Poly students and those with International Printing Week passes; please contact the Graphic Communication Department at the URL above if you are interested in attending.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page

FOTOfusion Public Presentation: Video for Photographers, Friday Jan 25, 3:45 PM Hall 616

Photo courtesy of Samyang Lenses

If you are attending FOTOfusion, at the Palm Beach Photo Centre, or if you are in the Palm Beach area, please join me for a one hour presentation on video for photographers. This session runs from 3:45 to 4:45 on Friday, Jan 24, and will cover basic info on cameras, lenses, tripods, lights, software, computers, and displays, for photographers who are considering moving into motion work. Color management for video will also be discussed. This will not be a highly technical session, so feel free to attend even if you don’t know what a CODEC is, or why you might need one. This session is open to the public, so all you need to do is show up at the West Palm Beach Community Center (same building as the library), and ask directions to 616. I hope to see you there!

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: CDTobie.com Return to Blog’s Main Page