ThePhotoBrigade.com: Datacolor Spyder4PRO Review
By C.S. Muncy
Published February 28, 2013
I’ll admit that, when it comes to color correction I’m the kind of guy who lets Photoshop do most of the work. I suppose it has something to do with being mildly colorblind (red-green, if you must know,) but I rarely trust my own eyes when it comes to trying to decide if my colors are correct.
For the most part, Photoshop’s “Auto-Color” function works well enough, especially if you’re working under natural lighting conditions. If you’re working inside, under artificial or fluorescent lights, your images will tend towards a greener tone. This color shift intensifies a bit if you’re shooting with a Nikon, whose sensors I’ve found producer warmer-toned images than some other brands. These problems can be further compounded by the fact that monitors from different brands (or even simply different models) will display colors differently. This has created some problems when I’m at work, trying to create wall-sized prints only to discover that an image that looked bright and sunny on my desktop monitor is, in fact, dark and decrepit on semi-luster paper.
To solve this, I’ve recently begun toying around with different color-calibration systems. I’ve tried several different models with varying (though often unsatisfying) levels of success, before recently being sent a Spyder4 PRO calibrator for review. The package consisted of the software, the calibrator and an easy to understand installation guide.