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April Webinar Features Coloratti Chris Orwig

April Webinar Features Coloratti Chris Orwig
April Webinar Features Coloratti Chris Orwig

California-based photographer, author, educator and X-Rite Coloratti Chris Orwig has a reputation for bringing practical experience, technical expertise and passion to the teaching.  He will lead a April webinar entitled “Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos” on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1pm EDT. This webinar is designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.

Chris Orwig webinar

©2014 Chris Orwig

Using his own images from start to finish, Chris will highlight how photographers can use an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Adobe Lightroom, to make better photographs. Attendees of this live webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Chris Orwig.

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Coloratti Chris Orwig shares his teaching talent with us in April’s X-Rite webinar.

Here are some specifics of what will be discussed:

•  Lightroom New Features

•  Working with Catalogs and backing up your work

•  Creating Custom Profiles with the ColorChecker Passport

•  Organizing with the Library Module

•  Enhancing your photographs with Develop Module

•  Crafting expressive photographs

•  Lightroom Workflow from start to finish

“The April X-Rite webinar featuring Coloratti Chris Orwig covers a wide range of information and topics including digital workflow and color management. This solid foundation knowledge is important and should be of great interest to all serious photographers,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “Learning from photographers like Chris Orwig who are both creative and technically proficient, should be on every photographer’s bucket list.”

Date: Friday April 11, 2104

Register Now Button Orange_1Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Title: Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos

Presenter: Photographer Chris Orwig

Check out Chris Orwig on Lynda.com. And enjoy one of our favorite TEDx talks featuring Chris below.
 

 
X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Chris Orwig uses X-Rite color management solutions to ensure that his photo and video workflow is under control.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter, “Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.

 

ColorChecker Passport Guest Blog with Matt Madrid

ColorChecker Passport Guest Blog with Matt Madrid
ColorChecker Passport Guest Blog with Matt Madrid

We welcome Matt Madrid for a guest blog about his experience with X-Rite ColorChecker Passport. Matt is a Video Editor and Videographer in Phoenix, AZ. He graduated from Arizona State University’s Film and Media Production School in 2011, and worked at Snapfactory with photographer and educator Mark Wallace until 2014. Matt is now a freelance Editor and Videographer as well as a hobbyist photographer. He lives in the Phoenix area with his wife Catherine. Learn more about Matt on his new blog at www.mattmadridmedia.com.

How 15 Minutes with the ColorChecker Passport Changed the Way I Work

by Matt Madrid, Videographer/Editor, Phoenix, AZ

Matt Madrid Headshot SmallHaving worked in a studio as a videographer and editor for a few years the ColorChecker was always one of the tools that photographers used when photographing people. It was one of those tools that, maybe someday, if I started shooting more portraits, I’d pick one up too. But after recording one of my videos in the studio, I would ingest the footage and color correct for our mix of tungsten video lights and the fluorescent fill that hangs above our warehouse studio. Usually, I would have to pull out a little green and add a little blue and I would just look at the image until I thought it was correct, and then leave it at that. I was just guess-and-checking in my head and eyeballing the results because I needed to spend my time doing the edit and not the color correction.

It never really occurred to me to use the Passport for video color correction until recently.

When I received my ColorChecker Passport, the first thing I did was look around to find something in my house with complicated color. I ran outside to the golden hour shade, where I knew I would have to set my cameras WB to some constantly changing Kelvin value, and I found the large roses that grow on the side of my house.

Workflow: Camera set to Aperture Priority. ColorChecker up. Snap. ColorChecker down. Snap.

In this case, the auto white balance on my camera did a terrible job. Probably because the stucco on my house is a rosy off-white color. The beauty of the ColorChecker came in as soon as I brought the images into Lightroom.

Workflow: Lightroom Develop Module. On the ColorChecker Picture – Select the white or neutral gray chip. Copy Settings. Apply Settings to 2nd Picture. Tweak exposure/contrast to taste. Done.

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Here is a before and after split of that picture. As you can see, the color is wildly different. The ColorChecker took a terrible picture and helped me turn it into a pretty good picture in about 30 seconds. It is so simple to use, and it worked so quickly.

For video, this process is very similar, except for that I don’t shoot RAW video, so I can’t change my white balance to auto. Maybe for a locked off shot that would be fine, but I can’t have a cloud pass by and the camera starts changing my settings. I use what know about light to estimate my WB in Kelvin. Once I’m close the ColorChecker will get me spot on.

For this example I decided to shoot a quick video of my cat in my living room. I know that my mostly tungsten lightbulbs are about 3400 Kelvin.

Workflow: Set Custom WB to 3400 Kelvin. Get a shot of the ColorChecker. Re-Focus to my cat. Shoot for a few seconds.

Now I bring my footage into my editing software. Keep in mind, I am not a colorist, and I won’t be spending hours in After Effects or some other beefy software fine-tuning my color. I have to do this fast. In Adobe Premiere CC, and other versions of Premiere, there is an effect called Fast Color Corrector. I use this almost always for my minor color correction.

Workflow: Set playhead to a Frame of the ColorChecker. Apply Fast Color Corrector to clip. Use White Level Picker to choose ColorChecker’s white chip. Adjust Brightness and Contrast while I can see a reference for all colors.

That’s it. Just knowing that the color I chose was 100% white it automatically corrected something I may have spent 5 to 10 minutes on in 5 to 10 seconds. Also, with the playhead at this frame, I can do minor adjustments to White and Black levels and Saturation. Being able to see a selection of colors and grayscale tones while color correcting is a welcome change to me rather than deciding whether or not a subject’s skin is too red or the grass is a little pale.

Using the ColorChecker in my photography and videography is now going to be the standard. This is my new multitool for photography. It’s the pocket-sized fail safe on which I can always rely to contain the standards for color and contrast. It is simple to use and the color chips are guaranteed accurate. Altogether, the process of taking and editing both the photo AND the video took about 15 minutes. It was 15 minutes that changed the way I will work forever.

Thanks Matt for sharing your experience with ColorChecker Passport. For more on using ColorChecker in video see below.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Matt Madrid uses X-Rite color management solutions to ensure that his photo and video workflow is under control.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter, “Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.

X-Rite Color Management and Antonelli Institute Student Dara King

X-Rite Color Management and Antonelli Institute Student Dara King
X-Rite Color Management and Antonelli Institute Student Dara King
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Photographer and Antonelli Student Dara N. King

Dara N. King is a photographer and student at Antonelli Institute in Pennsylvania who uses X-Rite color management solutions to ensure that her photographs have the accurate color she demands. Dara is the founder of Pennsylvania based DNK Photography LLC. She takes a photojournalistic approach to capturing images at special events of all types and sizes.

Dara King is serious about color. In a recent post on her Dara Nappan King Photography blog on Tumblr she talks about the importance of color management in her digital color workflow.

“When processing my images, accuracy in color reproduction is essential.  I rely on my X-Rite ColorMunki Photo to calibrate my display.  I calibrate my monitor every two weeks to keep my color accurate, creating a stable and reliable workflow.  While it is important to capture your images in camera as accurately as possible, utilizing the proper post production tools makes all the difference in the final product. I also use my ColorChecker Passport for proper exposure and white balance.  The use of these tools provide the most accurate representation of the architecture I am capturing for my clients.”

Dara King Interior color management

©2013 Dara N. King

Check out Dara’s blog and read the entire post showcasing some of her interior shots.  Visit her website DNKPhotographyLLC.com and check out her portfolios there including sports, headshots, events, and more.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Dara King uses X-Rite color management solutions to ensure that her photo and video workflow is under control.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter, “Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.

 

Peter Hurley Talks About X-Rite i1Display Pro

Peter Hurley Talks About X-Rite i1Display Pro
Peter Hurley Talks About X-Rite i1Display Pro

Pete rHurleyPhotographer Peter Hurley posted a new video this week on Ph2Pro.com with a screen-share of him using i1Display Pro with i1Profiler software and talking about ColorChecker Grayscale  and ColorChecker Passport for making custom camera profiles for your digital camera in any lighting source. It’s real life, real time and you’ll find out really quickly how passionate Peter is about the necessity of color management in a professional digital photography workflow.

With clients like Reebok, Levi’s, Axe Deoderant, Johnnie Walker, and DKNY, Peter Hurley uses his real world experience to share with other photographers offering The Headshot Intensive workshops and coaching through PH2Pro.com. And he doesn’t pull any punches! “I”m spinning wheels with people coaching on here that aren’t paying attention to monitor calibration,” says Hurley in the blog posting that accompanies the video. “STOP DOING THAT PEOPLE!!!!! It is wasting your time and others and if you want to get serious about your photos this is a step that you can’t live without.”

Check out the blog posting with this video. Find out more about about Peter Hurley at PeterHurley.com. You will find links to his portfolios, blog, workshops, and more. Check out PH2 Pro for great resources to help your photography career.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Peter Hurley keeps his color workflow under control so his images are accurate, consistent,  and repeatable. Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with color management solutions from X-Rite at www.xritephoto.com.

Get the latest news, special offers, webinar notifications and much more by reading the X-Rite Photo Blog and following @xritephoto on Twitter, “Like” X-Rite Photo on Facebook. Now check us out on Google +. Start saving time and money with color management solutions from X-Rite. Visit www.xritephoto.com for information on all color management solutions for video and still photography.