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Mac OS Mavericks Compatability for X-Rite Color Solutions

Mac OS Mavericks Compatability for X-Rite Color Solutions
Mac OS Mavericks Compatability for X-Rite Color Solutions

MavericksX-Rite customers that have upgraded to the recently released Apple OS 10.9 Mavericks may experience communication issues with X-Rite instruments.

To resolve these communications issues, certain X-Rite applications require an update to the latest X-Rite Device Services (XRD v2.3.2) driver software.

See list below:

Mavericks

NOTE: XRD v2.3.2 (Mac only) includes an auto-update function: This auto-update function will trigger a message stating that a new version of XRD is available. It is highly recommended to perform this update. Please note that this auto-update will only be performed on Mavericks and is triggered once a day. XRD will not be auto-updated on any other operating system, be it Mac or Windows based.

In addition to the auto-update, a stand-alone installer for XRD V 2.3.2 (Mac only) is also published on X-Rite’s support pages: CLICK HERE

This updater is recommended when the auto-update will not work, for instance when there is no Internet connection.

OTHER KNOWN ISSUES

Dual Display Profiling using ColorMunki Display, Photo or Design

When calibrating a secondary display in a dual display setup, the application will calibrate the primary display successfully, but when attempting to calibrate the secondary display, the application crashes on the first measurement.

As a workaround, please follow these steps to get both displays calibrated/profiled successfully:

Profile the primary display and then close the ColorMunki application

Go to System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and drag the menu bar to the other (secondary) display to switch primary displays. Reboot the computer.

Open the ColorMunki application again and profile the primary display (that used to be the secondary). Each display should now have their specific profile set as default.

Go back to System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and drag the menu bar back to the original primary display, if desired.

Hint: On Mavericks the Menu Bar as well as the Dock can optionally set to be shown on both monitors (primary and secondary). This means that any of the monitors can set as primary or secondary.

This issue will be addressed in future releases of the affected applications.

Train To Create – Natalia Taffarel Seminar and Workshop

Train To Create – Natalia Taffarel Seminar and Workshop
Train To Create – Natalia Taffarel Seminar and Workshop
Natalia  and Adrian

Natalia and Adrian at the conference

X-Rite is a sponsor of Train to Create events for 2013. Train to Create is a team of photography passionate people that facilitates visual creativity through workshops, conferences and networking. Train to Create calls at London to connect all passengers interested in expressing their vision through photography, filmmaking and digital arts.

Over the weekend between the 14 and the 16 of June 2013, Train to Create brought together over 200 people from various creative backgrounds and regions of the world to the Natalia Taffarel High End Retouching Series, a three day “festival” of Photography and Photo-retouching. The event was produced in partnership with the University of East London, Wacom, and X-Rite and supported by NEC, Lowpro, theprintspace and The Second Door.

The series started with the exclusive webinar hosted by X-Rite on June 13th, where Natalia shared her experience for a one hour session:

On Friday 14 June Train to Create brought together 120 Students and professionals for a Lecture-style event featuring  Natalia Taffarel and an incredible line-up of star guest speakers including X-Rite Coloratti  Adrian Weinbrecht, Commercial Photographer and Colour Expert, and young inspiring fashion photographer Bastian Jung.

The event covered topics ranging from commercial and fashion photography, to colour management, illustration and retouching.The series continued on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June with a Masterclass. Attended by 21 photography and design professionals, this intensive Masterclass allowed participants to discover new and advanced retouching techniques providing them with the opportunity to improve their skills thanks to Natalia’s experience and instruction.

The event also included a demonstration by Giuseppe Alaimo, illustrator and digital artist who showcased the latest Wacom tablets using NEC colour calibrated display. He explained the advantages of the new technologies in the world of design and illustration. The weekend closed with an informal Meet-up where local creatives mixed with the participants, the Train to Create team and Natalia to network, share experiences, ideas, inspirations and discuss tests and collaborationsAll the events included prize draws of Wacom, theprintspace, and X-Rite featuring ColorMunki Display.

The 3-day event was  attended by great people who were extremely pleased with the learning results. Train to Create has received overwhelming interest and appreciation both from creative students and professionals. They would like to thank everybody who came and helped making the event happen; special thanks go to partners and sponsors who have been great support. All sessions during the events are documented and will be made available on the Train to Create Facebook page shortly. Follow Train to Create, Natalia and Adrian on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the developments! Thanks to Train to Create for providing feedback from the event.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!

Adrian uses i1Publish pro 2 in his workflow. Train to Create uses ColorMunki Display to calibrate monitors and projector. Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with X-Rite 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.

Webinar Archive: Bildbearbeitung von Aufnahmen mit Mischlicht

Webinar Archive: Bildbearbeitung von Aufnahmen mit Mischlicht
Webinar Archive: Bildbearbeitung von Aufnahmen mit Mischlicht
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Jürgen Nobel

Processing Images Shot in Mixed Lighting

We are happy to present the webinar archive for Coloratti Jürgen Nobel’s program on processing images shot in mixed lighting.  Jürgen works as a commercial photographer in Germany. In addition to his work for commercial and photo agencies, he offers professional workshops both for beginner and advanced photographer for fashion, portrait and beauty photography. He presented  a webinar at the end of May 2013 exclusively for X-Rite.

Missed the German language webinar with X-Rite Coloratti Jürgen Nobel presented on May 23rd, 2013? Watch the presentation again, and enjoy the question & answer session from webinar participants, both in English and German.

In this webinar German language webinar,  photographer Juergen Nobel provides the following tips and tricks:

• Basic techniques for shooting with mixed lighting (daylight plus flash)
• How to compensate for differences in color temperature
• Conversion of RAW capture
• Image adjustments and effects with Photoshop
• Softproofing
• Tech requirements and recommendations

In diesem Webinar wird Fotograf Jürgen Nobel auf nachfolgende Dinge eingehen und Tipps & Tricks dazu liefern:

• Grundlegende Technik bei Aufnahmen mit Mischlicht (Tageslicht plus Blitzlicht)
• Unterschiede der Farbtemperatur ausgleichen
• RAW Konvertierung der Aufnahme
• Bildkorrekturen und Effekte mit Photoshop
• Softproof
• Voraussetzungen, Technik und Empfehlungen

 

View the webinar recording -German language:

Hier können Sie sich die Webinar-Aufzeichnung anschauen:

 

Here are some questions asked by webinar attendees and Juergen’s answers:

Question: My Nikon camera was mistakenly set to Vivid when shooting portraits. Can I change this in post production? I shoot RAW.

 Jürgen Nobel: I use Canon and Hasselblad. In the Canon cameras I use some optimization settings are also possible before capture. Almost anything can be undone in RAW.

I am not familiar with how the Nikon camera uses the Vivid setting since I do not have a Nikon camera at hand. Just try it in the RAW converter. To my knowledge Vivid is a picture style that makes certain color and contrast corrections. While this setting may affect the preview, it does not affect the RAW file itself on Canon.

Question: Can you five a sample calculation for exposure?

 JN: A sample calculation for an exposure does not exist actually. When shooting with mixed lighting (flash, daylight and artificial light) I look first to the daylight and then to artificial light sources. At this point I decide which sources of which are meaningful for the subject. If daylight is not sufficient in order to “standardize” 1/200 second to produce a nice bright light at an aperture of 10, I extend the exposure time using the shutter speed. It is best to go with a light meter to check exposure, in this case at f 10 I set in my camera in manual mode to set the shutter speed. If you have no meter at hand, one can also measure with the camera. Simply select aperture 10 in the aperture priority and see what the camera says for shutter speed. The same goes for artificial light.

Question: Why is there no motion blur when photographing a person at 1/20 of a sec? Is that due to the flash duration stopping the action?

JN: Yes, the flash lit the person. At 1/20 and longer the camera should be on a tripod. How long you can extend the shutter speed depends on some additional factors:

  1. The rule is the lower the power setting on the flash, the shorter the flash duration. However, it does not necessarily follow that 250ws setting on one brand will have a shorter flash duration than a 1000ws setting on another manufacturer’s flash.  There can be huge differences in performance from brand to brand, manufacturer to manufacturer. And the kind of flash you’re using is also critical. Usually compact flast units have a longer flash duration than pack and head systems.
  2. The brightness of the ambient light in the room or environment. If the space or place is very bright even without flash then the possiblity of motion blur increases.
  3. How fast the person is moving has an impact. A quiet sedentary person will allow for a longer shutter speed without the risk of motion blur versus a sprinter running through the image.

My suggestion is to use the lowest power setting possible on the flash to ensure a shorter flash duration, increase the ISO setting on the camera 2-3 stops (as long as quality does not suffer), ask your subject to be as still as possible, use a tripod, and utilize the mirror lock up function on your camera if possible.

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In diesem Webinar wird Fotograf Jürgen Nobel auf nachfolgende Dinge eingehen und Tipps & Tricks dazu liefern:

• Grundlegende Technik bei Aufnahmen mit Mischlicht (Tageslicht plus Blitzlicht)
• Unterschiede der Farbtemperatur ausgleichen
• RAW Konvertierung der Aufnahme
• Bildkorrekturen und Effekte mit Photoshop
• Softproof
• Voraussetzungen, Technik und Empfehlungen

Nachfolgend finden Sie die Antworten auf die Fragen die während des Webinars gestellt wurden:

Webinar Participant: Ich hab bei meiner Nikon Irrtümlich die Einstellung VIVID ,bei Porträtaufnahmen gelassen , kann ich diese Einstellung nachträglich verändern? ich fotografiere in RAW.

Jürgen Nobel: Ich selber nutze Canon und Hasselblad. Bei der aktuellen Canon sind auch einige Bildoptimierungseinstellungen im Setup möglich. Bis auf eine können bei RAW Aufnahmen im RAW Konverter alle rückgängig gemacht werden.
Inwieweit die Funktion VIVID betrifft kann ich Dir nicht sagen, aber ich gehe davon aus dass es möglich ist. Da ich aktuell keine Nikon zur Hand habe, würde ich Dich bitten dies doch einfach mal im RAW Konverter auszuprobieren. VIVID ist meines Wissens eine reine Picturestyle Einstellung, die bestimmte Darb- und Kontrastkorrekturen vornimmt. Im eigentlich RAW File wird diese für eine spätere Konvertierung zwar mit abgespeichert und auch für die Vorschau verwendet, hat aber keine veränderliche Wirkung auf die RAW Daten selbst. So ist es zumindest bei Canon.

WP: Können Sie ein Rechenbeispiel für eine Belichtung geben?

JN: Ein Rechenbeispiel für eine Belichtung gibt es eigentlich nicht. Bei Aufnahmen mit Mischlicht (Blitz-, Tages- und Kunstlicht) sehe ich mir erstmal das Tageslicht und eventuelle Kunstlichtquellen an. Dabei entscheide ich mich, welche Quellen davon aussagekräftig für das Motiv sind. Ist das Tageslicht nicht ausreichend um bei “Standard” 1/200 Sekunde bei Blende 10 ein schönes helles Licht zu erzeugen, verlängere ich die Belichtungszeit. Am besten geht man mit einem Belichtungsmesser zum Tageslicht und überprüft die gemessene Zeit, in diesem Fall bei Blende 10. Diese Zeit stelle ich im manuellen Modus bei meiner Kamera ein. Hat man keinen Belichtungsmesser zur Hand, kann man auch mit der Kamera messen. Einfach Blende 10 in der Blendenvorwahl vorwählen und schauen was die Kamera in der Belichtungszeit einstellt. Das gleiche gilt für Kunstlicht. Soll zum Beispiel der Lichtschweif eines Lampe zu erkennen sein, muss die Belichtungszeit entsprechend verlängert werden. Bleibt man hier auf 1/200 Sekunde, wird der Lichtschweif “tot geblitzt”.
 

WP: Wieso kommt es nicht zu einer Bewegungsunschärfe bei Personen, wenn ich mit einer 1/20sec fotografiere? Liegt das rein an der Abbrennzeit des Blitzes?

JN: Ja, der Blitz friet die Person ein. Optimal sollte bei 1/20 Sekunde oder noch länger die Kamera auf einem Stativ stehen. Bis wie lange man die Belichtungszeit bei Personenaufnahmen jedoch verlängern kann hängt von mehreren Faktoren ab:

  1. Abrennzeit des Blitzlichtes: Hier gilt die Regel, je weniger Leistung desto kürzer die Abrennzeit. Dies bedeutet jedoch nicht automatisch, dass 250 Ws vom Hersteller A eine kürzere Abrennzeit hat, als 1000 Ws vom Hersteller B. Hier gibt es große Leistungsunterschiede. Auch der Typ des Blitzlichtes ist entscheidend. In der Regel haben Kompaktköpfe eine längere Abbrennzeit als Blitzköpfe an Blitzgeneratoren. Damit steigt aber auch der Anschaffungspreis.
  2. Helligkeit des Raumes bzw. der Umgebung: Ist der Raum oder die Umgebung schon ohne Blitzeinsatz sehr hell, besteht natürlich die Gefahr, dass man trotz kurzer Abrennzeiten Bewegungsunschärfen hat.
  3. Geschwindigkeit der Person: Für eine still sitzende Person kann die Belichtungszeit ohne Gefahr einer Bewegungsunschärfe länger gewählt werden als bei einem Sprinter der durch das Bild laufen soll.

Mein Tipp wenn die Abrennzeit des Blitzes nicht kurz genug ist um Bewegungsunschärfe zu vermeiden: Geringere Leistung des Blitzes wählen – ISO Empfindlichkeit um 2-3 Stufen hoch (so lange die Qualität nicht leidet) – Person bitten recht still zu sitzen – Stativ und ggf. Spiegelvorauslösung nutzen um Kamerabewegungen zu minimieren.
X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!

Jürgen Nobel uses i1Publish Pro 2 in the studio to achieve the accurate colors required in his workflow. Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with X-Rite 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.

Coloratti Scott MacQuarrie New X-Rite Webinar

Coloratti Scott MacQuarrie New X-Rite Webinar
Coloratti Scott MacQuarrie New X-Rite Webinar

ScottMacQuarrieHeadshotColoratti Scott MacQuarrie presented a new X-Rite webinar in May 2013. The title of the webinar is Travel and Landscape Photography: Working in the Field with Scott MacQuarrie. Click the title to enjoy an archive of the webinar for you to watch on demand at your convenience.

Scott is a brand new X-Rite Coloratti member in Canada.  He has been a photographer for about a decade and has traveled to every continent in the world in his lifetime. We caught up with Scott to talk about his love of photography and why he is particularly fond of photographing polar regions like Antarctica.  I asked him how taking pictures in these environments is different than shooting in more temperate climates.

Edge

©2013 Scott MacQuarrie

“You have to step back and think about our composition a bit,” he said. “Sometimes the subject you’re trying to capture is the color as opposed to the thing that is in front of you. Somebody made a quote that [says] ‘at some point in your photography you’re taking a picture of the light not the subject.’ In some of my compositions I was trying to capture the color of aqua blue.”

Scott talked at length with us about the “difficult light” in polar regions and how he controls the light at the end of the world. “In my work I try to capture the emotional effect of actually being there,” he says. “Good photography made up of a thousand little things that all come together to make a difference.”

 

To continue his work in polar regions, particularly Antarctica, Scott has started in Indigogo campaign called “Life in the Extreme.” He is offering limited edition prints of the work he will shoot during his next exhibition. Funds raised will help finance the expedition. In addition, 10% of all funds raised will go to the David Suzuki Foundation to support a variety of environmental and climate initiatives.

Sleeper

©2013 Scott MacQuarrie

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, driest, highest and most extreme continent on this planet. It has only been in the last 100 years or so that humans have had the technology to travel and explore Antarctica. It is still poorly understood even though it’s the subject of almost continuous study. It is Life in the Extreme. CLICK HERE  to learn more about “Life in the Extreme” and how you can participate.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Scott MacQuarrie uses i1Display Pro, i1Publish Pro 2 and ColorChecker Passport in his color workflow. Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with X-Rite 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.