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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.

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.

RawAdjustment

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.