Get the Right Colors!

Color Calibration between the monitor and prints has long been a thorn in the side of the photographer. When I first got involved with printing my own images on my Epson almost 10 years ago, nobody knew much of anything. There was one guy in the UK that shed some light on the subject, but there were few tools.

Well we’ve come a long way since then! Now it’s so easy to calibrate your monitor and printer. I recently got a Dell U2410 monitor. Dell says it’s color calibrated for sRGB and Adobe RGB from the factory. And boy did it look good when I plugged it in. Too good actually. Images that I had previously developed looked garish, bright and oversaturated. They were fine when printed. Hmmm a mismatch here.

So I got a Spyder4 from Datacolor the mid level Pro version. And boy was it easy to use. A huge improvement over their previous products. It measures the ambient light, the interface is simple – none of the adjusting brightness to make the logo disappear into the black – you know what I’m talking about if you’ve used older products.

And the results were spot on. Images perfectly matched from screen to my Epson 7800. So if you’re printing and need a solution I highly recommend the Spyder 4!

 

New Classes/Workshops Posted for Spring!

After a 2 week delay I finally have new classes and workshops posted onĀ www.digiphotoclass.com. A back injury flare up had me confined to bed for a week or so. It was time well spend breaking in my new Dell 2410 monitor. A fabulous monitor with great color. It comes color calibrated from the factory and looks good when I hooked it up. The wide view is excellent for working in Lightroom, Photoshop and any program when you need several screens open at once.

So onto classes for the spring. PVCC is already registering for spring session. These fill fast so sign up soon. I highly recommend the Advanced Photography class for those of you that have taken everything else. This class was great fun to teach. We have classroom and field sessions, so join me in the spring!

I have a new HDR workshop. I will show you how to pick the right scene and shoot it then develop the images using Nik HDR Efex Pro. I also have another round of Macro and Action photography planned. Finally there are several workshops with my friend Rod Barbee, one here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and then out west in Palouse, WA. The image above is from an abandoned farm in the Palouse region developed with bi-color in Nik Color Efex Pro. So if you’re still looking for that perfect holiday gift consider giving a gift certificate for a class or workshop!

Have a wonderful Holiday season and I’ll see everyone again next year!

Victoria