What is color? That is a physics question that will require a team of scientists much smarter than me to answer. What I can answer fairly well is what is accurate color? Hint: It’s not what your camera sees, or what your display shows you. If anything, it’s quite far from it.[Read More…]
Datacolor has increased their range of ColorReader products with a new low-budget ColorReader EZ. The new device comes as a cheaper alternative to the company’s ColorReader and ColorReader Pro products, allowing users to measure and match colours for better coordination and consistency in your scene.
It doesn’t have a lens, uses only a single LED to light what it’s measuring and there’s no built-in display, relying instead on a smartphone app over Bluetooth. It’s slightly less accurate than its more expensive counterparts, at “over 85%” (vs 92% for the Pro version) and offers up results in CIELAB, RGB and HEX values.
Along with camera profiling, monitor calibration is one of the most vital things a photographer can do to ensure their work looks the way they intend it to look throughout the whole imaging process. There are various devices out there for calibrating monitors, and now a new one has been added into the mix.
Yesterday, Datacolor announced the new SpyderX Pro and SpyderX Elite, adding to their lineup of monitor calibration tools. They say it’s their fastest and most accurate calibration device to date. Well, I’ve had a SpyderX Elite here for the past couple of weeks, so let me tell you about my experiences with it.
Datacolor has today announced an update to their Spyder range of monitor calibration devices with the new SpyderX Pro and SpyderX Elite, priced at $169.99 and $269.99 respectively. Designed for serious photographers who want to ensure colour consistency throughout their process, Datacolor says that the SpyderX is the fastest and most accurate colour calibration tool they’ve ever made for monitors.
Using multiple cameras is common practice for some photographers. For example, wedding and event photographers often use more than one camera at a time. In some cases, there will be more than one photographer using multiple cameras. To complicate things, these photographers might be using cameras or lenses from different manufacturers. No matter how many cameras are used on a shoot, color harmony is important to help tell a cohesive visual story. Datacolor SpyderCHECKR can help make this easy and precise.
Accessories are the unsung heroes of photography. They’re the items we own, that aid in our photography, but of which we rarely speak. They help get us out of a bind, or become invaluable to our workflow.
Here are some of our favourite accessories that we use on pretty much every shoot.
Datacolor is running a super duper promotion and if you are into colors, you definitely want in. The package is $308 value and sells for only $139. The promotion runs through the end of the month and is available via special links (US, CA, EU).
Until the end of the month is longer than a usual Flash Sale and we love Datacolor for that, but I would still jump on this before stock ends or just so you don’t forget and find that it has expired. You would need to show that you own an older calibration unit (from any brand), but this should be a no brainer *cough, cough*. Here are all the details:
If you’ve done any sort of serious client work you know that a calibrated monitor is a must. If you’ve been using an old calibration tool, this is your chance to upgrade to a new state of the art calibration tool.
Datacolor is offering an upgrade program where they upgrade your kit from any existing calibration hardware to their Spyder5ELITE+ for $139 (US) or €139 (Europe) instead of the usual $308 that the bundle will cost you. Click here (or here for Europe) to redeem your (huge) discount.
Women made a huge impact on the photography industry, and we want to celebrate that. It’s not only the mere taking of a photo and creating an emotional connection. I mean at first look, you see a documentation of a moment frozen in time. In a second look, you may dive deeper and open a small window into the thought process and personal views of the photographer. And Datacolor and we would like to take a minute and celebrate female of photographers who inspire, educate and motivate the industry.
We can’t do it alone :)
Over the month of May Datacolor will do two things:
- Run some great content featuring photographers such as Sarah Silver, Brenda Tharp, Lissa Chandler, Annabelle Chavez and more… Head over to the SpyderBlog to get inspired.
- Host a giveaway with some of the best prizes in the world (see below)