Correct Color with Special Guest Jen Kilgore
by Brenda K. Hipsher – January 29th, 2014
Jen Kilgore is a second year student at Antonelli Institute in Erdenheim, PA. She is from from Flemington, NJ. “I chose to study photography after taking photo classes in high school,” says Jen. Impressed by the student work she saw when she visited Antonelli she decided to study there. Jen enjoys commercial photography. And we’re sure you’ll agree she certainly has an eye for it. Enjoy our very first student guest blog by photography student Jen Kilgore of Antonelli Institute.
Correct Color for Color Correction
by Jen Kilgore
It is very important as a color photographer that you are familiar with color correcting your photographs. A calibrated monitor makes life easier when color correcting photos. With a calibrated monitor I can be sure that the corrections I am making will give me the results I want. As a photographer I take the time to calibrate my monitor every 1-2 weeks with the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo.
I take about 10-15 minutes to calibrate my monitor and go on my way with editing my photos to be assured that I will have accurate colors. And in my opinion when I finish calibrating my screen I am able to put the real object and see the exact same colors from the object in real life as to what it appears like on the screen ( as far as you color correct).
As far as color correcting, it is something you have to train your eye to see, it is not something you’re going to learn within a five minute time period. You can use a variety of different ways to color correct an image. Some examples: ColorChecker 18% Gray Balance, X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, ColorChecker White Balance card. I use the White Balance card for neutral balance in the lighting conditions I am photographing. Then using curves in Photoshop I can quickly neutral balance the image. By using cards that are digital neutral such as the X-Rite solutions I am sure to always get an image that is color correct in my finished product.
For the images above I have included the photograph right out of camera to show no color correction and the photo after color correction.
There are a variety of different ways to color correct photographs and many different variables that come into play for color correcting and printing images. Before color correcting images make sure the colors are true to the original colors of the object(s). We also need to make sure we calibrate the monitor at least once every two weeks. Of course we want to be sure to use the correct printing profile for the printer, paper, and ink combination we’re using to ensure that we achieve a good screen to print match.
Thanks for this guest blog Jen! We’re happy that X-Rite solutions keep your color workflow under control so you can unleash your creativity. Best of luck in your studies. We hope to hear more from you in the future!
Jen Kilgore keeps her color workflow under control so her 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.
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