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Color Talk with Art Suwansang

Color Talk with Art Suwansang
Color Talk with Art Suwansang

Welcome to another installment of Color Talk with Coloratti Art Suwansang. Art is a photographer and educator who believes in color management as the basis for his digital color workflow. Art is based in Chino, California a suburb about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. His Color Talk Art Suwansangwebsite, Wedding64.com, showcases his work with links to his blog and educational content, and gives you a flavor of the philosophy that informs his work.

“Photography… is about stopping the moment, freezing time… and capturing it,” says Art Suwansang. “Every shoot that I do is different. It’s based on the personality and the energy level of the client.” He looks for the moment that his intuition is awaiting. “I play with the light… I move around the subject…as long as I’m relating and connecting to the subject.”

Born in New York City, Art spent part of his formative years being educated in Thailand, returning to the United States to finish his education in Southern California. Growing up in two cultures has given Art the added dimension of opening up to choices and seeing through multiple perspectives. This duality has repeated itself in his choice of careers, giving him great insight and knowledge in the digital revolution and high proficiency in the world of artistic expression. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brooks Institute, Art Suwansang has become an award winning, international photographer and lecturer.

Art has some very strong views on the necessity of color management in the professional digital photography workflow. He sat down with us to talk about why he thinks color management is essential for everyone.

Art was good enough to give us some extra insight into his photography and his process in the interview below. Enjoy our latest chat with Art Suwansang

X-Rite Blog: Do you travel as a photographer and educator? Where are your favorite places to travel?

Art Suwansang: I travel quite a bit as a photographer and educator. There are assignments where I am over seas to photograph a wedding or doing a fashion session in a foreign nation. As much as I travel for photography, I travel even more for teaching. I love to teach. My favorite region to visit is the Euro Zone but so far my favorite country and city is London, UK hands down :)

Color Talk Art Suwansang

©2013 Art Suwansang

XR: Please tell us how you got started in photography.

AS: I got into photography out a passion for human interactions and communications that computer engineering could not offer me. As a wedding photographer I get to have fun during a photo session with multiple couples. It is great to hear their stories, how they met and why they fell in love. I also love light, color, shapes, lines, and how all of these elements can interact in very interesting ways.

Color Talk Art Suwansang

©2013 Art Suwansang

XR: What motivates you to be a photographic educator?

AS: My love for photography being one of the reason but more so because I love teaching and explaining things in simple terms. I also believe that teach can empower future generations of photographers to go out there and create good and high quality images in these dark days of cell phone photography and ok is good enough photography.

XR: What would you say to someone who is not calibrating and profiling the monitor on which they are editing images?

AS: You are committing a digital mal-practice. The fix is go out and buy a calibrator asap :) Seriously, it is really bad to be editing on an uncalibrated monitor.

Color Talk Art Suwansang

©2013 Art Suwansang

XR: What advice would you give students who are studying photography in school right now?

AS: Photography has always been a form of science combined with the creative nature of the artist. In the film days you were a creative and chemist processing film and printing images using chemistry, enlarger and etc. That theme has not changed today at all. However, the technology that we have now a days have moved us from just chemistry and science into the realm of science fiction. With Photoshop all photographers and enthusiasts can do miracles with images that only a selected few can do with film. Where we are now in digital photography, my advice is to learn as much as you can about the technical side of photography, camera operations and especially software on the back end. The proliferation of digital photography has created more photographers than we could even imagine and further democratizes the craft of photography. This is good in a sense that we are pushing the boundary of creativity, but we must all realize and be aware that we must all have proper training on the many technical aspects of digital photography. This sets professionals apart and is imperative to maintaining the highest quality of image possible. We should always strive for better quality imagery. When we set those standards in our lives and our work, it will be contagious and others will follow.

XR: What personal projects are you currently working on?

AS: I have a few projects that are on going, I am producing travel photo albums of the various places that I have visited. Some of the pending cities are Paris, Rome, and a larger themed Cultures of Thailand album. I am also constantly shooting various fashion sessions with models just for fun.

Art has a workshop coming up March 7, 2014 from 6 to 9pm in West Covena, CA. Click the link below to find out more!

Lightroom In Depth at Tri-Community Photography Program

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Art Suwansang 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.

 

Avoiding Histogram Combing

Avoiding Histogram Combing
Avoiding Histogram Combing

Histogram combing is a phenomenon that digital photographers want to avoid whenever possible. Histogram combing occurs when an already processed file is adjusted. This phenomenon is one way to illustrate how important it is to use a calibrated and profiled monitor to edit Raw files you plan to send to a lab for printing.

Here’s a JPEG processed file with the curves histogram showing from a file I adjusted on a calibrated monitor from a Raw capture. Note that the histogram is smooth in its appearance with no gaps in the graphical representation of the image.

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I processed this file to a JPEG before adjustment and did my edits on the processed file in the example below. Note the “combing” effect that is present in the histogram for this image. Pieces of information are missing from the file when adjustments are made after the files is processed.

JPEG Adjustment Histogram Combing

If your monitor is not properly calibrated and profiled when you make your adjustments in Raw format before processing the image any adjustment to the processed image can cause damage to the file. Information may be missing that cannot be recovered after the file is processed.

Recently I spoke to a photographer who said she was not concerned that her monitor was not properly calibrate and profiled because she paid her lab to do the final corrections. The challenge is that when the Raw capture is processed and edits are performed on the processed file, damage can occur.

Let’s say I performed my edits on a monitor with the wrong profile. The image below looks like I want it to look. So I send it off to my lab for printing. The photo below is what i see on my display, the one that is not calibrated and profiled. I have warmed the image, flattened the contrast. Here’s what it looks like on my monitor.

Histogramcombing2

My uncalibrated monitor is very bright, contrasty, and not set to D65 white point so it’s cooler or bluer than my lab’s calibrated and profiled monitor. When they open the file they see something like this!

Histogram combing 3

Now remember I’m paying these folks to color correct my images. So they’re going to go to work on that JPEG file I sent to them and guess what? They’re not working on my Raw file. They’re working on a JPEG. They will do their best to try to get back to my intended image but sometimes that’s not even possible. And if they do, the editing on the JPEG can damage the file and leave gaps in the data that is sometimes referred to as histogram combing.

CombingsqRead more about histograms and histogram combing in these two additional articles:

Combed Histograms on PhotoReveiw.com

Histogram on DPReview.com

You can stop guessing and start knowing in your digital color workflow with color management solutions from X-Rite Photo. Check out all the options for monitor calibration and profiling from colorimeter solutions like ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro to spectrophotometer solutions like ColorMunki Photo and all the options that include the new i1 Pro 2 device. There’s something for everyone in the X-Rite families of solutions.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!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.

Color Talk with Gary Poole

Color Talk with Gary Poole
Color Talk with Gary Poole

Color Talk with Gary Poole The latest edition of Color Talk feature Gary Poole, color balance expert. Gary has been in color management for over 35 years. He has spent his entire career in pursuit of accurate color working in several professional labs and owning his own lab. Gary is currently the Color Division Manager for Retouchup.com, a photo retouching service with offices in different places around the globe. His whole focus is ensuring that every photo is retouched with accurate color. “One of the biggest concerns in managing a professional color correction service is accuracy of the color corrections,” he says. “We must be certain that the color and contrast we see on our monitors will match the output. By using X-Rite i1 Display Pro for our color management we are able to have offices in different locations that support our color correction and we are confident that they will match from device to device. If the lab or printer is properly calibrated to industry standards the final product will match the screen display. Without this assurance we are all just guessing and hoping for the best.”

As a child Gary fell in love with color when he saw the colors of the rainbow separate looking at sunlight through a prism.  He loves color accuracy. Color affects the way we feel about the image we are viewing. It’s important to be sure we take care to carry our vision all the way through from capture, to view, to edit, to output. Listen to what Gary Poole has to say in our latest installment of Color Talk.

Gary uses X-Rite ColorChecker Passport in his capture workflow in addition to calibrating and profiling monitors, projectors, and printers. To find out more about Gary Poole’s articles and features click here: Shootsmarter Gary Poole on X-Rite ColorChecker Camera Profiles.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Gary Poole keeps his color workflow under control so the images he oversees 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Software Update ColorMunki Display

Software Update ColorMunki Display
Software Update ColorMunki Display

X-Rite ColorMunki DisplayA new software update was released today for ColorMunki Display. This software update includes a new version of X-Rite Device Services and fixes various small issues and adds some important versatility to ColorMunki Display. CLICK here to download ColorMunki Display v1.1.0 software.

 

What’s New in Version 1.1.0?
•    Added video standard presets; ITU-R Rec. 709, NTSC, and PAL SECAM, which are pre-configured presets.
•    A new version of XRD (X-Rites Device Services), which corrects the dual Display profiling on OSX 10.9.x.
•    Updated i1 Display device SDK to support, the new display EDR files and Burst measurement mode.
•    Support for Microsoft® Windows 8 and 8.1
•    Support for OSX 10.8.x and 10.9.x
•    Fixed dual display profiling on OSX, 10.9.x
•    Fixed several other minor issues.

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System Requirements:
Minimum suggested hardware/software requirements:

Supported Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Japanese, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional
Windows®:
•    Microsoft® Windows® XP 32 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
•    Microsoft® Windows Vista® 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
•    Microsoft® Windows 7® 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
•    Microsoft® Windows 8® 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
•    Microsoft® Windows 8.1 32 or 64 bit (with latest Service Pack installed)
•    1GB RAM
•    Intel® Pentium® IV or AMD® Athlon® XP or better CPU
•    500MB of available disk space
•    Powered USB Port
•    Monitor resolution of 1024×768 pixels or higher
•    Dual display support requires either 2 video cards or a dual head video card that supports dual video LUTs
•    Network adaptor installed and driver loaded
•    CD drive or High-speed internet connection required for software install, download and automatic software update
Macintosh®:
•    MacOS X 10.6.x , 10.7.x, 10.8.x, or 10.9.x (with the latest updates installed)
•    1GB RAM
•    Intel® Processor
•    500MB of available disk space
•    Powered USB Port
•    Monitor resolution of 1024×768 pixels or higher
•    Dual display support requires either 2 video cards or a dual head video card that supports dual video LUTs
•    CD drive or High-speed internet connection required for software install, download and automatic software update

Installation:
•    Administrative rights are required to install and uninstall the software.
•    Do not connect the ColorMunki Display device until the software installation is complete.
•    The ColorMunki Display device must be connected in order to register the software.

Known Issues:
•    Monitor calibration does not work when multiple monitors are in mirror mode (this issue affects Windows® installations only.)  Special Note: On Windows XP, if a display is removed from a system, the operating system will put the primary display in mirror mode even though the secondary display has been removed. In this case, the user will get an enumeration error. This error can be dismissed and the user will still be able to make a profile.
•    Windows 7 and Vista only – During monitor profile creation, you may see a message stating that the display’s color scheme is being changed. This is temporary to allow proper in-screen measurement. The display will be restored to its previous state after the measurements are completed.
•    You may not be able to load display LUTs if you are running Windows on a MacOS system using Parallels Desktop® or similar software.
•    The application may lose its connection to the ColorMunki Display if the computer goes into sleep or hibernate mode. If this happens, disconnect and reconnect the device to restore the connection.
•    The ColorMunkiDisplayTray application looks for connected displays when it launches. If you disconnect or connect a display, the tray will not see the change until it is re-launched or the system is restarted.

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