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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, I want to share with you a couple of more tips for creating a color managed workflow. Now I have this initial slide here with this Danger of Death sign. One of my favorite things about traveling and traveling overseas is looking at the different signs that you see and I just love the design of that sign. I have this one up because a lot of times when people start talking about color management, they talk about as if it's this ominous thing that if you don't do it, something horrible or dreadful is going to happen. It's incredibly complicated and it's not something that you can really ever figure out. Well, that's not necessarily true.
Color management is actually pretty straightforward. You need a couple of devices to help you out. You also need to make sure that you are creating a pretty neutral workspace in your environment. Now one of the things that will be most valuable to you is to try to get some daylight balanced bulbs. Now this is incredibly critical. Because if you don't have daylight balanced bulbs, you have these bulbs that are giving off a color hue and let's say they are giving off a nice warm yellow hue. Well, that yellow light has been projected onto your monitor, so what you are seeing as yellow may not be yellow, may actually be white. It's just that yellow light that's bouncing onto your monitor.
You could also have other color problems in your workspace like you could have a bright colored wall and there could be light balancing off that wall that sense reflecting and bouncing that color onto your monitor. So you need to try to create a pretty neutral environment. Again you don't want to create bright colored shirts and you want to get these daylight balanced light bulbs. You can get these daylight balanced light bulbs in number of different places. I'm going to go ahead and open up my web browser and in my web browser I have navigated to the homedepot.com. Now at homedepot.com I hit a quick search for a daylight bulb and it brought up a number of different options. I'll go and click on one of these options. Now we can see the light bulb is actually pretty inexpensive and let's go down to the Specifications. What we are looking for is a color temperature about 6500K right there. Okay, that bulb will do.
Now typically when it says 6500K, it's actually rated a little bit less than that. It's probably something closer to about 5700K. Ideally, we want to go for something that's 5000K. Yet these 6500K bulbs will work really well. Now initially, when you use a light bulb like this, what's going to happen is, your light source is going to be really neutral. It's going to feel really sterile because it is going to be so pure white; it is not going to have that yellow hue to it. So initially, you maybe thinking gosh, this is kind of strange, this is kind of, I don't know. It's kind of too sterile for me, but eventually it will feel super clean, because you will start to be able to evaluate your images with this correct light source and you will see that overall color management will be that much more effective. Well, back to the slides, last few thoughts for you.
Color management, it's about clarity, it's about consistency and it's just pretty cool because it helps you to get this colors that you are seeing on your monitor to other devices like your printer.
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