Color Comparison: Canon 5D Mark lll and Nikon D800

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 CanonContinue reading “Color Comparison: Canon 5D Mark lll and Nikon D800”

Video on Using SpyderCheckr with Hasselblad Phocus Now Available

I recently produced the English audio for this tutorial, which has now been integrated with the video. It covers how to use the Datacolor SpyderCheckr with Hasselbad’s Phocus RAW conversion software. So those of you with an interest in the SpyderCheckr for camera calibration, or who use Phocus for your RAW conversion, should take aContinue reading “Video on Using SpyderCheckr with Hasselblad Phocus Now Available”

Using Datacolor’s SpyderCube with Lightroom 4’s Process 2012

Datacolor’s SpyderCube can be used to set white balance and exposure settings by shooting it in an initial image under a given lighting condition, correcting basic settings in RAW converters such as Adobe Lightroom, and then applying those corrections to all other images shot under the same conditions. Adobe’s new Lightroom 4 defaults to aContinue reading “Using Datacolor’s SpyderCube with Lightroom 4’s Process 2012”

Lightroom 4: Analyzing the New Process 2012 Controls

There are some fundamental changes between the controls and settings in Lightroom 3’s Process 2010, and Lightroom 4’s Process 2012. I have described these differences, and shown some of the value of the new controls, in previous articles, as well as the weaknesses inherent in the older process. It has been pointed out to meContinue reading “Lightroom 4: Analyzing the New Process 2012 Controls”

Color Calibration Comparison: Canon 5D Mark lll from Different Profiles

In my recent article comparing the color response of the Canon 5D Mark lll in Lightroom 4.1 with and without SpyderCheckr calibration received a lot of interesting responses. The most frequent questions were: what profile did you use (answer: Adobe Standard, for reasons that will become apparent below), and what effect would changing that profileContinue reading “Color Calibration Comparison: Canon 5D Mark lll from Different Profiles”

Color Calibration: Canon 5D Mark lll

Calibration Corrections for the 5D Mark lll In my recent article comparing the color response of the Canon 5D Mark ll to the 5D Mark lll, I showed the calibration adjustments from Datacolor’s SpyderCheckr for both cameras. Today I am focussing on the Mark lll, and what calibration does to improve its color response, soContinue reading “Color Calibration: Canon 5D Mark lll”

Color Comparison: Canon 5D Mark ll and Mark lll

As the next generation of Nikon and Canon cameras hit the street, one of the questions that always occurs to me is how these new bodies interpret color, in relation to the tried and true models they are replacing. I will be testing  more than one such pair, but lets begin with the newly releasedContinue reading “Color Comparison: Canon 5D Mark ll and Mark lll”

Lighting a Color Target

Its not rocket science; but the lighting of a color target requires a clear understandings of the functions, and the light sources, involved. This article will break down the various factors. The ideal way to light a target is with a single point light source at a great distance, at 45 degrees to the faceContinue reading “Lighting a Color Target”