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Free Webinar – Aug 4 at 12PM EDT : Perfect Color in Landscape & Portraits

Free Webinar – Aug 4 at 12PM EDT : Perfect Color in Landscape & Portraits
Free Webinar – Aug 4 at 12PM EDT : Perfect Color in Landscape & Portraits

Perfect Color in Landscape & Portraits. 

Join host Joe Brady for a free webinar on Aug 04, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT.

Put the Power of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport in your images!

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Join host and X-Rite Coloratti Joe Brady as he demonstrates how the ColorChecker Passport can make perfect color a snap! The ColorChecker Passport provides you with the tools you need to have both perfect white balance and custom camera color profiles that can be quickly created and applied to your Raw camera files using both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw.

No more long and frustrating color edits trying to make your landscapes and portraits look right. Learn how, why and when to put the ColorChecker Passport to use and you will never want to go on a photo shoot without one. If you’re after great color, you don’t want to miss this informative and free online presentation!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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About Joe Brady

Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is an X-Rite Coloratti Pro and a two-time author on Lynda.com and has contributed articles for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine App. As a producer and presenter, Joe delivers online educational webinars and videos for photo-industry companies including X-Rite, Sekonic, PocketWizard, Induro, Benro, Ilford and Sony. A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Joe is also speaker at local and national events and teaches photography workshops around the country specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.

A Passport to Great and Accurate Color by Coloratti Ian MacDonald-Smith

A Passport to Great and Accurate Color by Coloratti Ian MacDonald-Smith
A Passport to Great and Accurate Color by Coloratti Ian MacDonald-Smith

Who wants bad color? If you’re one of the few then read no further. I, however, always want to have the option to start with the best possible color from an image. My genres of landscape and abstract perhaps allow more latitude but a fundamental understanding of light, color temperature and profiles has profoundly influenced and helped me produce images that are within the acceptable bounds of reality.

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In the digital age there are so many images that reside in the digital art genre rather than the digital photography realm. I have admiration for those artists who are realizing their vision and manipulate their images heavily and are using photography as their starting point. No doubt, the history of photography has been about manipulation and many of the masters of the film era pioneered their particular form of it; however, they had a mastery of traditional techniques from which to build and evolve their own alchemy. Ansel Adams is probably the most famous example. It is said that Adams didn’t enjoy color photography that much because he was not able to manipulate it in the way he could black and white. What would he be producing in color today?

The digital age has highlighted the importance of color management for rigorous and accurate printmaking and reproduction. The deeper your knowledge the more you have the ability to play. The revolution has been heady and the tools at photographers’ disposal is sometimes overwhelming but once in a while a tool comes along that is so simple to use and so effective it makes you wonder why so many photographers are not a aware of its awesome ability. One of those tools is the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. And it is just that – a passport to great, accurate color from your camera’s sensor.

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The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is small, light, and powerful enough to want it in your camera bag all the time, it is one of those ‘must have’ items that punches way above its weight. And this is the start of the color management process. The sensor in every camera is different, much the same way that film emulsions differed from batch to batch. Even the same model camera has sensor variations that will inevitably affect the end result. With the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport each camera sensor can be profiled.

There are a series of color patches that are known values to the accompanying software. When the software is applied to the photographed X-Rite ColorChecker Passport a specific profile is subsequently created. The profile can then be applied non-destructively to the image in the Camera Calibration section of the Develop Module of Lightroom.

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An added benefit to creating a profile for each shoot or scene is that a custom white balance can also be applied by using the dropper tool and clicking on the medium grey patch. Easy as that!

I also find that applying the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport sometimes becomes a form of sharpening; the colors become more delineated. The selected photographs show the difference before and after for the quality of color at least. To adjust the ‘before’ image to produce the ‘after’ image without universally affecting the image negatively would be tricky so why not have the option to adjust the colors to what appear to me to be much cleaner and more accurate. One caveat is that the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport only works on raw files.

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So don’t throw away your obsolete cameras until you’ve made some basic color profiles! I was fortunate enough to still have my old digital cameras and have been able to transform my archive now with much more accurate color. This process is easy, does make a profound difference and regardless of whether you are an expert in color or color management, with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport you will have more choices and a great starting point that will ripple through your whole process – even if you want bad color!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

X-Rite Coloratti Ian MacDonald-Smith: Bermudian Ian Macdonald-Smith has been capturing the world on film for more than 25 years. Ian’s island home has been his biggest inspiration, and through various subjects he captures the island’s natural beauty, romantic colours and unique architecture. He has also traveled extensively, photographing landscapes and architecture around the world.
Ian Portrait 2010 11Ian specializes in abstract and graphic photography, as well as subjects in landscape, architecture, travel, history and the environment. Passionate about preservation and the environment, Ian has dedicated much of his career to documenting both on film. He has systematically recorded derelict cottages in Bermuda; photographs that capture not only the romantic feel of the subjects but also the historical significance of these old buildings. He has also recorded the island’s environment over time, to record its alarming decline.

Combining elements from all his favourite subjects, Ian concentrates on colour and composition to develop abstract series of reflections, clouds, water, rust, sand, faces, plants and all aspects of architecture. Some of these abstract series can be found in Ian’s book ‘Bermuda Triangles’.

Ian’s work is highly respected throughout the photographic community and he frequently consults for photo industry companies including Olympus, Fuji, Pictorico and Phase One, testing new products and equipment.
In Bermuda, his work has been exhibited at the Bermuda National Gallery, the Bermuda Society of Arts, and the Windjammer Gallery in Bermuda.  Internationally, Ian’s work has been seen at the Worlds within Worlds exhibits in San Francisco, New York and Hawaii and the New York Digital Photography Exhibition.

Recent Exhibitions include ArtHampton2 2014, Bridgehampton, New York,
2014 Voselgang Pop Up Gallery, Chelsea, New York and a Solo Exhibition  ‘Half Life’, Edinburgh Gallery, City Hall, Bermuda.  Ian has also been published in magazines, including: Photo Techniques, Urban Age Magazine, Boat International, BBC Wildlife Magazine, as well as local Bermudian publications, stamps and posters.
He has produced several  books including; 2012 ‘Hooked on the Rocks: Panoramic Bermuda’, Just Clicked Publications, Bermuda, 2010 ‘Arts & Crats Master: The Houses and Gardens of M H Baillie Scott’, Rizzoli International, New York, 2009 ‘Black and White?’, Just Clicked Publications, Bermuda ‘Setting Sail for the New Millenium’, is the only complete photographic account of the historic 2000 Tall Ships race,  ‘Held in Trust’ in conjunction with the Bermuda National Trust; ‘A Scape to Bermuda; ‘Bermuda Triangles'; ‘Bermuda: Houses and Gardens’, in association with Rizzoli International, New York. Awards include; ARPS: Associate of the Royal Photographic Society,  Best in Show, Bermuda Society of Arts Photographic Competition, Award of Excellence, Mean Annual Report Show, and Ballantine’s Good Life International Photography Awards.

 

 

How to Get Perfect Color in Portrait & Landscape Photography

How to Get Perfect Color in Portrait & Landscape Photography
How to Get Perfect Color in Portrait & Landscape Photography

Photographer and X-Rite Coloratti Joe Brady talks about color in both landscape and portrait photography and easy it is to get great color with the ColorChecker Passport from X-Rite.

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Getting great color seems like an easy request, doesn’t it? Shouldn’t it be great right out of the camera, or at the least easy to correct with a little bit of white balance adjustment?

Unfortunately that isn’t the case, but there is a solution. I’ve been a completely committed advocate of the ColorChecker Passport since the first time I used it many years ago.

DSC00490It’s small and easy to travel with and solves difficult color problems with a few mouse clicks. I bring one with me everywhere I go and that includes both in the studio and out in the field. Not only does it provide a perfect white balance reference for me, but I can also create custom camera profiles for different types of light so that my color snaps right into place.

I created the video below to show how and why to put the ColorChecker Passport to use in both the studio, outdoors when using fill flash and on location for landscape and nature photography. I can’t tell you how many hours of editing time that this simple set of color charts has saved me. Just take a shot of the ColorChecker Target under the same lighting conditions as your shoot and you have everything you need for the perfect color processing of Raw image files.

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To complete the story, the video also shows how to put the ColorChecker Passport to use in software so that you can see the entire process from capture to edit. I don’t mean for this to sound like a commercial, but if I didn’t think this was one of the greatest accessories that should be in every camera bag, I wouldn’t be writing this. Put one to use and you’ll be convinced – I promise!

Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is an X-Rite Coloratti, a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, a two-time author on Lynda.com and has contributed articles for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine App. As a producer and presenter, Joe delivers online educational webinars and videos for photo-industry companies including X-Rite, Sekonic, PocketWizard, Induro, Benro, Ilford and Sony with over 3 million views over the last three years.

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Joe Brady

A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Joe is also speaker at many local and national venues and events and also teaches photography workshops around the country specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.

Check out more of Joe’s tutorial videos here

 

Color Talk with Clay Cook

Color Talk with Clay Cook
Color Talk with Clay Cook

I had the great pleasure to spend time with Clay Cook at the recent International Photography Show in Vegas (WPPI). I was instantly struck with how young he is for such an accomplished photographer, as we sat down together for a Color Talk. Clay Cook has so much happening in his career and it’s not hard to see why he’s in such high demand. From commercial and editorial work, to high fashion shoots and Magazine covers, his style of photography is visually striking and dramatic.

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His earlier years he spent designing album covers for bands and it wasn’t until December of 2010 that he received his first DSLR camera as a gift.  To use Clay’s own words,  “his love for photography blindsided him and began to snowball over everything in its path.”

“I began shooting all in sight, from people and animals to beautiful landscapes; I wanted to capture it all. I’ve been blessed to know many creative people from all walks of life and have learned to mold and shape my vision of photography through their inspiration. And, many late nights on YouTube.”  Though based in Louisville, KY, Clay is on the road much of the time and his work has brought him to every single state in the US.

I asked Clay what role color plays in his style of photography and he had this to say – “Color has always played a crucial role in my work especially in the fashion industry and I have become known for my color grading.  I’m a very manual color grader and will often tweak the colors in an image and then leave it for a few days before coming back to it to tweak it some more.  Color accuracy and consistency is so important especially when printing my work. Since most of the work that I do is editorial and ends up in a magazine, I have to have the proper equipment and processes in my workflow. Using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport and i1 color management solution ensures that what I capture in my camera translates well from my camera to my monitor and to print. I always make sure that my monitor and laptop are properly calibrated so that what I’m looking at on the screen is what I can expect the finished print to look like and there are no surprises for me or the client.” 

Clay’s work has been published in USA Today, Modern Salon, American Salon, ProSales Magazine, First For Women Magazine, Kellogg Magazine, Louisville Magazine, The Courier Journal, TOPS Magazine, The Voice-Tribune, NFocus Magazine, MOUR Magazine, Louisville Bride, STORY Magazine and Dark Beauty Magazine and he works with NEXT Model Management, AMAX Talent, BMG Models, Sigal Models & Talent, Wings Model Management, COSMO Model & Talent Agency and Heyman Talent Agency.

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© Clay Cook

 

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© Clay Cook

 

Clay is an X-Rite Coloratti Pro and he writes for fStoppers. He is also the Director of Photography at Glass Label. Follow him on Facebook and check out his Blog.

Clay uses X-Rite Color Management solutions for color accuracy in his workflow.

 

 

 

 

 

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