X-Rite Color Checker Passport

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Description
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– Color management workflow: The X-Rite ColorChecker passport {comes equipped with|comes with|has|consists of} {a feature|an element|an attribute|a characteristic} {that enables|that allows|that permits|so that} it {to match|to complement|to fit|to check} {all the|all of the|every one of the|each of the} colors {that you would|that you’d|that you will|that you might} want {in the|within the|inside the|from the} camera, {in an|within an|in a|in the} organized any manner. {It is|It’s|It really is|It can be}, therefore, {easier to|simpler to|much easier to|better to} edit {as well as|in addition to|along with|and also} organize {the colors|the colours|the shades|colors} {in a way that|in a manner that|in a fashion that|in ways that} {you want to|you need to|you would like to|you wish to} capture {the color|the colour|along with|large}.
– White balance: {With the|Using the|With all the|Together with the} X-Rite ColorChecker, {you will be able|you’ll be able|it is possible|it will be possible} {to set|to create|setting|to put} a white balance {for your|for the|to your|on your} camera to capture true and accurate pictures across a spectrum. {The color|The colour|Along with|Large} editing {of the|from the|with the|in the} pictures taken also {becomes easier|becomes simpler}.
– Camera Calibration: {You can|You are able to|It is possible to|You’ll be able to} {be able to get|be capable of getting|be capable of geting|get} a calibration technology that {enables you to|allows you to|lets you|permits you to} get perfect or excellent shots even from unusual light sources. {It will|It’ll|It’s going to|It is going to}, therefore, {be easy|be simple|the simple} {to establish|to determine|to ascertain|to create} {an accurate|a precise|an exact|a definative} color {to use for|for} developing {and effective|and efficient} {control of|charge of|power over|control over} {the other|another|one other|the opposite} colors.
– Passport size: {It has been|It’s been|It is often|Many experts have} {designed with|made with|fashioned with|built with} a passport-size case {that you can|that you could|you could|that one could} effectively carry {and use it|and employ it|and then use it|and utilize it} anywhere {for your convenience|for your benefit|to save you time|for your leisure}. It {has also been|has additionally been|been specifically|has been} {designed with|made with|fashioned with|built with} a rigid material {that can|that may|that will|that could} enable it to last {for a long time|for some time|for a long period|for years}.
Benefits
-{Ability to|Capability to|Capacity to|Power to} easily match colors and edit photos, {thanks to the|because of the|due to the|with thanks to the} color management feature.
– {Ability to|Capability to|Capacity to|Power to} create and generate profiles, {thanks to the|because of the|due to the|with thanks to the} .DNG file extension.
– Automatic {and effective|and efficient} color calibration: {Thanks to the|Because of the|Due to the|With thanks to the} automatic color calibration, {it is easy to|you can easily|it is possible to|you can actually} set {the correct|the right|the proper|the best} color display {that you want|that you would like|you want|that you might want} {for your|for the|to your|on your} photos {to appear|to look|to seem|to show up}.
– {Easy to use|Simple to use|User friendly|Simple to operate} operation software {that comes with|that is included with|that accompany|that accompanies} the manual.
– Small, pocket-size {and therefore|and for that reason|and thus|and so} flexible {to use|to make use of|to utilize|to work with} almost anywhere.
Conclusion
The X-Rite ColorChecker passport {is basically|is actually|is essentially|is simply} one {the best|the very best|the most effective|the top} solutions {for taking|to take|when planning on taking|when deciding to take} quality pictures, {especially if you|particularly if you|specifically if you|particularly if} {are just a|are only a|are a|are simply a} beginner in photography {and would like to|and also|and even|as well as} perfect {your skills|your talent|your abilities|the} in managing and determining {the best|the very best|the most effective|the top} colors {for your|for the|to your|on your} picture, {as well as|in addition to|along with|and also} white balance. {What is more|Furthermore|In addition|Additionally}, {since it is|as it is|because it is|as it is often} {a very|a really|an extremely|an incredibly} recent software, {it also|additionally, it|in addition, it|what’s more, it} {comes equipped with|comes with|has|consists of} {a very easy|an easy|a very simple|a simple}-to-use installation manual {for easy|for simple|for straightforward|for quick} following of instructions {and it is|which is|and it’s also|in fact it is} {very cheap|inexpensive|really cheap|cheap} {in cost|on price|in price} {as well|too|also|at the same time}. {It is best|It’s best|It’s a good idea|It’s advisable} in {taking control of|managing} brightness and contrast of monitors and displays {for an|to have an|with an|on an} accurate picture profile. {Try it|Check it out|Test it|Do it} today {for the best|to find the best|to get the best|for top} quality photography!

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Profoto B2 – New Kid in Town

This weekend I got the chance to shoot with the new Profoto USA B2 lights at a workshop held by photographer Zach Sutton. I was skeptical at first, not fully understanding why Profoto would make these lights? The B1’s ROCK! And have 1 more full stop then the B2’s; I just didn’t see the market. Then I picked them up. The B2 weigh’s next to nothing! Besides being super light weight, the quality of light is AMAZING! No they aren’t battery powered, but once you hold the unit in your hand and see how truly portable they are.

 

 

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How Watching Soap Operas Made Me A Better Stylist!

We can all agree that styling a model can be a pretty daunting task, especially if you’re fashionably disabled like me. Hiring a wardrobe stylist is always an option, but sometimes that’s not feasible. One trick that has helped me to “keep up with the times,” has been watching soap opera’s.

 

When I first started watching soap opera’s I was immediately drawn to the lighting and styling, not to mention the awesome dialogue. Actors on the show are always dressed to the nine’s, from perfectly quaffed hair down to triangular shape tipped shoes (which I just learned are “in”). I also noticed that soap opera’s seem to be ahead of the current fashion trend and in many cases set the trend.

 

When watching the show be sure to write down what you see, like the main actress is wearing a tribal sweater or that the male lead has on a bowtie. Also take note of hairstyles and make up that you like, then apply to your next photo shoot.

 

Obtaining the wardrobe needed for your shoot can be costly, but here are a few tips that I use to significantly cut costs. First, check out consignment and thrift stores, often these establishments have what you are looking for at a 50% discount.

 

Second, ask to borrow clothes from large department stores. Certain department stores will lend a photographer clothing for a shoot for a small fee. You will also have to leave a credit card number incase the garment gets damaged. You will need to do a little research and call ahead, but that’s a way I’ve obtained clothing for a shoot in the past.

 

My third tip is to rent clothing from websites like www.renttherunway.com/ or www.etsy.com. At times sellers on Etsy will allow photographers to use clothing and jewelry as long as you provide them with final images that they can then use.

Once your photo shoot is complete and your ready to share your photo’s, be sure to tag the designer of the clothes you used. Social media is HUGE and that designer might just see your photo and want to hire you for a future shoot.

 

http://www.andrewfoordphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year, New Gear

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

With the new year brings new gear… specifically new gear for my 4 year old son, Johnny. I… I mean Santa, went out and found this awesome blue Kidizoom camera by VTech, which can be purchased here. If you read the specs you see that this beast is a WHOPPING 1.3 megapixels that can be reduced to .3 should you desire. It has built in memory, but I opted to insert a 16 gig microSD card, purely for comedic effect!

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I took to the streets of NYC with my friend and model Cheyenne Lutek because lets face it, if you walk around with a toy camera anywhere else in the world you will get lots of strange looks, but not in NYC.

Below are a few shots from Johnny’s camera taken on the streets of NYC in broad daylight! All retouching was done in Alienskin Exposure 7 using the Wet Plate Destroyed filter.

The first 2 photos I had Cheyenne stand behind a plastic sheet which we found on the street. The buildings you see are a reflection on the plastic NOT a double exposure.

 

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No Photoshop

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Ok so maybe the title was a bit deceiving, but technically this photo was NOT edited in Photoshop or Lightroom, but rather the new AlienSkin Exposure 7 with RAW conversion capabilities. If you have 8 minutes, check out my LIVE retouch here. I’m been a BIG fan of Exposure and have been using it for years. If you’re just getting started in photography and looking for some GREAT software I highly recommend Exposure 7… They have a FREE trial if you click here. Exposure 7 works as stand alone software and as a plug-in, so you don’t need Photoshop to use! I’m interested to hear your thoughts about using Exposure so please comment on this post.

 

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Group Editing Assignment

I recently completed a shoot with one of my favorite models Karina. I thought it would be fun to see how creative everyone is. I you click here  you can download the RAW file. Please post your results on my Photography fan page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Foord-Photography/151111961603741?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

 

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

 

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Karina

 

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New Studio & Camera System!

I must apologize to my followers for not posting soon, but I’ve been busy promoting my new photo studio http://www.thephotocoop.com and also testing my new medium format camera system. Below are a few images from recent shoots in my new studio with my new camera system: Mamiya 645 AFD III , Mamiya Dm22 Digital Back.

 

 

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