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   February News from Datacolor
Everything You Always
           Wanted To Know
...About Color Management

This month we're taking a closer look at the extensive learning section that is part of the Datacolor website, and how it can help you to become an expert in all things about color management. Another great (and fun!) learning resource in regards to photography is Photojojo; definitely worth checking out! Also we wanted to let you know about the International Photography Awards which are now accepting submissions again, until the end of April. Here's an overview of the topics in this month's newsletter:
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Become A Color Management Expert
Explore Our Extensive Learning Section

If somebody asked you to explain Color Management to them, what would you tell them? Sure, the basic steps for a calibrated workflow are simple. But why do we need Color Management in the first place? Why do we need color spaces? And what exactly is color anyway? Read all about Color Management.

The extensive knowledge section of the Datacolor website doesn't only cover all these theoretical topics, it also offers very specific tutorials and advice, like how to print correctly with Lightroom or how to do RAW calibration using the Spyder Cube.

Still got some more questions? We'll gladly answer them during our next free live Online Seminar session. There are regularly new sessions scheduled at different times to accommodate for various time zones.

Start learning now...

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A Friend With Vision
Doron Gild

Without light, there is no color. And when we look at the work of Brooklyn, New York based photographer Doron Gild, we can't help but think that no one is more aware of that fact than him. "I'm influenced by German expressionism, Alfred Hitchcock, and Film Noir", Doron tells us, but it is also tempting to compare many of his images to those of the likes of Jeff Wall or Gregory Crewdson, as they feature a quite similar type of cinematic lighting.

However, when it comes to concepts, Doron uniquely and skillfully balances his editorial humor and conceptual elegance. Where else can you see a re-enactment of the last supper depicted as a salesmen's convention at a bar, a proud glam shot of aging rockstars, or a man suspended in insomnia over his bed?

Doron is a very hands-on visionary. He speaks warmly of setting up his lights, staging the shot and directing the shoot. Clearly his images reflect a creative who is centered in his beliefs, yet willing to challenge ones romantic visions with a twist.

To find out more abot Doron's extraordinary work, like his unique portrait shots, visit our Friends With Vision section, where you'll also find the URL of his website.

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Expert Advice
Make Full Use Of The Spyder3Utility

Spyder3 users, have you had a closer look at the Spyder3Utility yet? It's worth it: In your taskbar (Windows) or your toolbar (Mac) you'll find a little Spyder icon. Right-click it to access the options "Explain Status", "Start Spyder3", "Preferences" as well as the option to measure ambient light.

You'll find that "Preferences" gives you a lot of control over the Utility. You can switch off the blue LED for the ambient light sensor and set the frequency of ambient light measurements. In regards to certification you can set a preference as to how often the monitor should be re-calibrated. However, we recommend not to deviate from the default interval too far; using Spyder3, re-calibration is done more quickly than ever anyway: After only two and a half minutes you'll be able to fully rely on your screen colors again.

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Photoshop Tip of the Month
Saving Images: Best Possible Colors For The Web

This month we want to show you how to ensure best possible colors for your images on the web. Some browsers support color management, other don't. Many users calibrate their screens, but most don't. Since uncalibrated screens and browsers without color management usually assume sRGB, images intended for the web should be converted to this color space. This won't ensure that users whose screens haven't been calibrated will see the correct colors, but they will get the best possible result within their means and their will be no confusion on how colors should be interpreted in any browser.

In Photoshop, save your images as follows:

  1. Click on "File".
  2. Choose "Save for Web & Devices...".
    Tick the "Embed Color Profile" checkbox.
    Tick the "Convert to sRGB" checkbox.
    Use the "Preview" drop-down menu see what the image will look like in various situations.
  3. Hit the "Save" button.

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