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QTAKE Monitor App has X-Rite ColorTRUE technology

QTAKE Monitor App has X-Rite ColorTRUE technology
QTAKE Monitor App has X-Rite ColorTRUE technology

IN2CORE integrates ColorTRUE technology into QTAKE Monitor App

incore-rev  IN2CORE’s QTAKE Monitor App turns up to 16 iOS devices into wireless on-set monitors. In addition to multi camera monitoring, one QTAKE Monitor device can use the TALKBACK feature to communicate with QTAKE HD operator.

By Integrating ColorTRUE technology the user can enjoy Color accurate viewing when they calibrate their QTAKE Monitor using X-Rite’s ColorTRUE app.

QTAKE Monitor is the essential companion app of the most advanced video assist software QTAKE HD. Using the STREAM Module, operators can now stream the content of their QTAKE VIEWS to iPads or iPhones. Very low latency of just 1.5 frames makes QTAKE Monitor devices practically in sync with QTAKE GPU Output.  iOS-app-icon-QtakeMonitor

In addition to live monitoring, QTAKE Monitor 2 introduces a whole new approach to on-set collaboration. In conjunction with QTAKE Server, this version brings browsing, playback and collaborative metadata editing to any number of iOS devices on set using a local server or even anywhere in the world using a server running in the cloud.

ColorTRUE – Color Perfection for Mobile Devices

ColorTRUE

ColorTRUE

In our on-the-go, photography-filled world, mobile devices have become one of the most important ways for displaying and sharing our images, but their color accuracy is not perfect. ColorTRUE is the super simple way for professional and enthusiast color perfectionists alike to get unrivaled color accuracy on their mobile devices. Show your TRUE colors – anywhere and everywhere you are!

Developers – Want to integrate ColorTRUE into your app for color accuracy? ColorTRUE SDK

Download QTAKE Monitor App

Learn more about ColorTRUE

X-Rite Photo @ NY Film Academy Tools of the Trade

X-Rite Photo @ NY Film Academy Tools of the Trade
X-Rite Photo @ NY Film Academy Tools of the Trade
New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy

X-Rite Photo recently participated in the B&H EDU Tools of the Trade event at the New York Film Academy in Downtown Manhattan. It was a great opportunity to meet all these creative young students who are studying a wide variety of photography and film disciplines. Many of them were familiar with camera profiling and monitor calibration and have learned about the importance of color management and printer profiling in their digital photography classes.

We demonstrated for the students how easy it is to calibrate their computer monitors and laptops using the X-Rite ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro so they can view and edit their images in accurate colors. We also showed them how to profile their mobile devices using the ColorTRUE APP. This was something new to many of them and it really grabbed their attention. In our on-the-go, photography-filled world, mobile devices have become one of the most important ways for displaying and sharing our images, but their color accuracy is not perfect. ColorTRUE is the super simple way for professional, amateur and student color perfectionists alike to get unrivaled color accuracy on their mobile devices.

New York Film Academy - NYC

New York Film Academy – NYC

Typically, tablets and phones will display images in the smallest color space like sRGB. This means an image that’s been processed in a much larger color space, like ProPhoto RGB or Adobe 98 doesn’t display all the colors accurately and images can looked washed out and less vibrant. For photography students who often show their image portfolios on their laptop or mobile devices, it’s really important to be able to profile their tablet and phone screens so the images look as good and as accurate as they do on their calibrated monitors and laptops.

Daniel Raposo - Winner of the i1Display Pro

Daniel Raposo – Winner of the i1Display Pro

 

 

There were plenty of smiles from the winners of our i1Display Pro and a ColorChecker Passport giveaways at the end of the day.

Winner of an i1Display Pro was NYFA Photography student Daniel Raposo.

Winner of a ColorChecker - Faculty member John Foster

Winner of a ColorChecker – Faculty member John Foster

 

 

 

 

 

NYFA Cinematography faculty member, John Foster was the winner of a ColorChecker Classic.

 

 

 

Tools of the Trade at NYFA

Tools of the Trade at NYFA

NYC SALT – A Photography Program Worth its Salt!

NYC SALT – A Photography Program Worth its Salt!
NYC SALT – A Photography Program Worth its Salt!

 

X-Rite Photo recently had an opportunity to visit NYC SALT; a free digital photography and college readiness NYC SALTprogram for under-privileged high school and middle school students.

X-Rite Coloratti Master Douglas Dubler was volunteering his time teaching a workshop to the SALT students and invited us to come along. It was an incredible experience to see the work that is being done with the students to cultivate their passion for photography and teach them the techniques and tools required for digital photography, and most importantly, helping the students prepare their portfolios and apply to college to study photography.

The program was founded by Alicia Hansen. The genesis of the program came from what Alicia was witnessing where she lived and wanting to make a change because, “There were too many kids hanging out on the streets in my neighborhood doing nothing! NYC SALT evolved out of a class I created and taught for a nonprofit up in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in North Manhattan.”

Alicia Hansen

Alicia Hansen

NYC SALT received its non-profit status in April of 2008 and the program boasts an incredible 100% acceptance rate into college, in a neighborhood where only 37% receive higher education. And many of those were on full scholarships; to date, her students have received over a million dollars in scholarships.

“Our mission is to engage, inspire and empower underserved youth through photography.” – Alicia Hansen

SALT students have earned full scholarships to Syracuse University, University of Vermont, Hofstra, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Purchase, Binghamton University, and Fordham University.

“I believe that the way to affect change in my community is through personal relationships. More that anything else, I value community in my program. We want to have a life long relationship with every student we serve.” – Alicia Hansen.


 

Alicia Hansen with SALT student

Alicia Hansen with SALT student

ALICIA HANSEN

SK: Tell us about the SALT program.

AH: Our program is what we’re calling an Artist in Residency program for high school students. 16 hand selected High School students that have demonstrated they are serious about learning what is involved in the profession of a pro photographer, and all that goes into that. We don’t limit the program to any one type of photography – we include information and practices for all types of photography and all of the technology used in the professional photography world as much possible. In addition to field trips, the students meet once a week for three hours of instruction and hands-on training.

Monitor Calibration with i1Display Pro

Monitor Calibration with i1Display Pro

SK: What was the focus of today’s workshop?

AH: We were thrilled to have acclaimed photographer Douglas Dubler teaching today’s workshop on monitor calibration, color and the importance of a color managed digital workflow. We have taught digital printing in previous years, but this year is first time that we’ve taught the concept and application of color management. Our students would not have even thought much about the color differences in their monitors before today.

Douglas Dubler

Douglas Dubler

When Douglas generously offered his time and expertise to teach a class on color management, we gladly accepted and the students were very excited. This year is a brand new class of kids so they’re all beginners, just starting to create their portfolios.

Color Management is such a new concept to them and it’s wonderful to watch how engaged the students are, listening to everything Douglas has to say – After the class, they had great questions for Douglas and they are excited to apply what they learned. They all felt that it was really good information and a fascinating aspect to photography and can’t wait to learn more.

 

IMG_2417One student shared this thought – “While there were some things that I didn’t fully understood the first time around, I know that when I hear it again, it will click.”

SK: Being that color management is fairly new to the students, were you concerned about the student’s understanding the technology?

AH: The students came away with a really good grasp on how to calibrate their monitors and the importance of working with properly calibrated monitor. Douglas gave them an in-depth look at the different color spaces and shared really neat visuals all of the color gamuts. They got to see a live demonstration of how to calibrate a monitor and the steps the software goes through.

Douglas Dubler talks to SALT students about Color Space

Douglas Dubler talks to SALT students about Color Space

You could see how engaged the students were. Douglas shared with them his own experiences working with color and how critical color accuracy is in the world of photography, especially in the commercial and fine art space. He talked about the importance of being able to control the color of skin tones and being able to make prints that match the image you see on your monitor. I think it really opened them up to all of the ways that color impacts photography and the tools that are used by professional photographers to control color in their workflow.

SK: What’s next for the students?

AH: The students are working really hard preparing for the upcoming NYC SALT Gala event on June 11th. The gala is a celebration of the students and their work, which includes a gallery showing of all the photography produced by students throughout the year. The students will be selling their prints and there will be a small graduating ceremony for the seniors. This year is also the first year for NYC SALT to have program participants graduating who are from college and they will be showcasing their portfolios.


Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

 

DOUGLAS DUBLER

SK: What’s your involvement with NYC SALT?

DD: SALT is a wonderful program that really makes a difference in the lives of these young people. For me personally, teaching a workshop at SALT is very rewarding and a great way to give back to the community.

SK: The focus of your workshop today is color management. Why is that important for Photography students?

DD: My involvement with photography education is about Fine Art Digital color printing. That begins with a color managed workflow from image capture to viewing images on a properly calibrated monitor process to building printer profiles that will result in making beautiful prints that match the colors on your monitor. I’m happy to have the opportunity to relate this to students who are interested in pursuing photography as a career – it’s never too soon to get them started learning good habits and a good foundation early in your involvement in photography and these skills and understanding will serve them well.

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

 

 

 

 

 

The program at SALT is a perfect setting to introduce the importance of color management to the students who are just starting out. Presented in simple and easy to understand terms for the students, it encourages them to include color management into their photography practices right from the start. It’s a very important part of the Educational process for young photographers. It’s critical to start sharing the information with them as early a possible. Something important that I learned from Ansel Adams was – ‘the best photographer will always be the best printers’. Essentially, making the best print is key to commercial success as a photographer. That’s my inspiration and it’s 100% of how I work. The end goal is to have an amazing print.

Douglas Dubler at NYC SALT

Douglas Dubler at NYC SALT

SK: How did the SALT students respond?

DD: The kids were totally engaged. They listened intently, they asked great questions and they were clearly excited to learn about working in the different color spaces and how it affects their images and prints. They got to see how easy it is to calibrate their monitor and they learned about ColorTrue, a software app that allows them to calibrate their iPads and mobile phones.

SK: This workshop was clearly well received by the students. Are you considering doing any more?

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

DD: It’s a good use of my time for a very worthwhile cause and an opportunity to support an educational element of the photography community. I really love the SALT program and I am planning to do more workshops with the continued support of companies such as X-Rite, Epson, and Eizo who are donating the necessary equipment and software. It has enormous value for the students involved. I’m very encouraged by the positive feedback from the kids. Mentoring is ALWAYS a good thing.

SK: I noticed that there were also a few educators at the workshop.

DD: Yes – Adam Chinitz, who plays a key role teaching at SALT, along with SALT founder Alicia Hansen and volunteer photographer/instructor, Sari Goodfriend were there. I think that’s great. I especially see the value in teaching the teachers, who can then share that knowledge with even more students.

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

About Douglas Dubler:
After studying Fine and Liberal Arts at Boston University, Douglas Dubler set up his first studio in St. Thomas/U.S. Virgin Islands in the 1970s and quickly made a name for himself as an advertising photographer. He then began to specialize in fashion and beauty. He moved to Los Angeles in 1976 and to New York in 1982. Though his roots are in fashion and beauty, Douglas’ clients today include well-known companies from other industries as well. His photographs have graced, and continue to grace, the covers of popular fashion and photography magazines, and his creative techniques are shaping the art of sophisticated beauty, fashion and fine art photography around the world. Douglas is an X-Rite Coloratti Master, an elite group of Master Photographers and Fine Art Printers recognized for their creative achievements and industry accolades.

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Image

Douglas Dubler Website

Ways to support NYC SALT:
• Buy a print for your home or for decorating your  corporate office space.
• Provide an Internship.
• Give a monthly donation of $25 or more.
• Provide a scholarship.
• Volunteer.
• Provide a gallery space to showcase our students’ photography.
• Provide a field trip to expose our students to more careers in the photo industry.
• Help us build relationships with more colleges and universities that we could send our students to.
• Donate gear you are not using especially lenses!

 

Follow NYC SALT

Twitter & Instagram: @NYCSALT
Facebook: NYCSALT

Color Talk with Paul Ernest

Color Talk with Paul Ernest
Color Talk with Paul Ernest

Paul ErnestPaul Ernest is an extraordinary photographer. He was selected as the Professional Photographers Association (PPA) International Photographic Competition Diamond Award winner the first year he entered in 2012.  He is a WPPI Grand Award Winner with over 17 WPPI awards. He attained Master Photographer within 17 months of joining PPA and has many other awards and accolades to his credit.

What makes Paul Ernest so knowledgeable and successful? Maybe it was that he was raised in a family of fine artists and that he studied advertising and design in addition to photography and film/cinematography at University of North Texas. Or maybe it was that 17 years as a working art director. Certainly his years as a wedding photographer in the Dallas area have given him a wealth of knowledge. (ErnestWeddings.com) And his fine art work calls forth strong emotions from his thoughtful and respectful images of soldiers to his playful Daliesque images. (PaulErnest.com) Whatever it is that makes Paul Ernest special, he knows how to make his prints speak in competition and in life.

Paul uses color to call forth emotion in the viewer. Listen to what this photographic artist has to say about color and how he uses it in his work in this edition of Color Talk with Paul Ernest

Now you can get the Paul Ernest treatment for your photographs with Paul’s new service. He will consult with you and advise you on how you can take your own image from good or great to award winning. He new service Ernest Edits: Creative Edits and Printmaking at ErnestEdits.net. See examples of what Paul Ernest advice can do for your photos. It’s an amazing opportunity.

We caught up with Paul to ask him some questions about his photography. The text of the interview is below. Enjoy getting to know Paul Ernest a little better here.

X-Rite Photo Blog: How long have you been taking photographs?

Paul Ernest: I have been photographing for over 25 years…. since I was a teenager. I learned in the film days. I minored in Cinema and Photography and majored in Advertising. I moved over to photography full time in 2008.

XPB: What drew you to photography?

PE: I think what drew me to it was photographers like Adams and Bourke-White, Vachon, Lee, Lange… basically the historical aspect. I also have many cinematographers that have inspired me as well as some of the commercial photographers early in my design career.

Paul Ernest

©2012 Paul Ernest All Rights Reserved

XPB: When did you begin to add your beautiful artistic illustration to your photography?

PE: I think it was a natural progression. I was restless with doing work for others (weddings, seniors, family) and wanted to do something for myself. Painters like Eastman, Rockwell, Wyeth and Millet were a constant inspiration to me. It really started out as one image and the positive reception it received mixed with the encouragement of my mentor David Edmonson really demanded that I do another. I think it really began a natural course after that.

XPB: What influenced your very distinctive style?

PE: All of the photographers and artists I mentioned really.  I am the opposite of a photorealist painter… I am a photographer that wants to create organic images that honestly look like paintings, that don’t even have a source or media reference.

XPB: Are you experimenting with any new techniques or ideas?

PE: I am really looking at other subject matter rather than new techniques. I am continually working on my WWII work, but I want to pursue the Boy Scouts of America as well as expanding on current collections (PaulErnestGallery.com)

Paul Ernest

©2012 Paul Ernest All Rights Reserved

XPB: Tell us about your work as a professional photographer today.

PE: Right now I am working on an agricultural series for a “farm-to-table” style restaurant that will feature my work. And I am opening a new division called Ernest Edits to help keep me in the studio to focus on doing what I love.

XPB: What advice do you have for students of photography or those beginning or returning to photography as an art form?

PE: Learn the craft! Film or no film learn the craft. The cameras of today can mask the true ability to capture images. Its important to learn what photography is. For example… take a piece of tape and cover the preview screen. Can you still capture an image?

Furthermore, realize that there has been a paradigm shift in photography. The camera used to be the axis of photography. Now, with the advent of the digital world, Photoshop and all the technology we have we must realize that the camera is now a spoke, just like Photoshop. We are not just photographers anymore… we are imagemakers.

X-Rite Color Perfectionists Unite!Paul Ernest uses X-Rite color management solutions for his digital color workflow.  Visit PaulErnest.com to see more of his great photography. 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.