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The Importance of Light Meters in the Digital Age
Friday, February 13, 2015 5:04PM
The Importance of Light Meters in the Digital Age

      I realize that being in the photographic arena for over three decades that my feelings about the light meter are biased. As a professional photographer it was and is my job to understand the tools of my trade and be able to relate them to the very image I am producing. I can come to the understanding that the statement of the age is that the histogram is the light meter of the twenty-first century, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with it. With that said, I have generated numerous points to demonstrate that the light meter is still as important, if not more important, today as it was when it first was introduced in practice to the industry in the late 1930s. To understand the logic behind my claim, we first must understand a brief history as well as the job of the light meter and how it relates to exposure.  I have organized my paper into three main sections. First, the historical context of why it was so necessary to develop faster ways to calculate exposure from the days of experience and educated guessing.  Second, the significance of evolving into a calculating device of light measurement.  Finally, the digital age and the importance of programmable meters to establish proper exposure calculations to provide evidence that my claim has merit. HISTORICAL CONTEXT  If you could imagine the earliest ...

Using the ColorChecker Passport
Friday, March 14, 2014 2:55PM
The Importance of Light Meters in the Digital Age

In the last issue, I went over the in’s and out’s of purchasing monitors and calibration devices to establish proper color balance on your monitors.  In this next series (part two), I will look at taking the next step on how to reduce your image processing time and improve quality control in your Raw workflow by combining the powerful color capabilities of the ColorChecker Passport.This device allows you to quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit.  Folks, I can promise that I can get you 90% color corrected by the click of a button, but as I say with all my other students, “The last 10% is all up to you to screw up!"  There are so many ways to incorporate X-Rite ColorChecker Passport into your Raw workflow. Whether you take advantage of the entire solution, or just a couple of the ColorChecker Passport's many features, you'll realize improved quality and productivity almost immediately.The really beautiful feature about the process I am about to demonstrate to you is that it will work with what type of lights your working under in your studio, workflow stage and whatever monitor you are using, if you ...

Understanding Calibration
Monday, February 03, 2014 9:54AM
The Importance of Light Meters in the Digital Age

 In today’s photography, processing images on the computer has brought us the responsibility of learning new methods to control color and tone from the older ways of the cc filter, control strips, densitometer readings, etc.  Digital Imaging is here to stay, along with the evolution of the methods we use to control color management.  We can either except the new ways of imaging or find ourselves extinct like the dinosaurs of a time long ago.  My first experience with most studios is teaching or instructing them the ways of monitor calibration and, in turn, color correction.  Once a monitor is calibrated properly to your lab or largest output source, your battle with this technology is well on the way to understanding the process of digital workflow. It Starts with the Monitor...Like with all things, the process needs a beginning, for me, this process begins with the selection of a monitor.  While many of you will find yourself purchasing the least expensive or middle market priced monitor, or maybe one that looks great in the store with that high definition screen that your photography just looks awesome on, consider the following, “Your monitor is to your computer as the lens is too your camera”.  In simple terms, your camera is just a black box which excepts the final image, just like the computer, but the lens is the ...

Calibration Devices, Monitor calibration for photographers
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 4:12PM

Jas, great question and thanks for asking!  I prefer the XRite devices over some of the rest only because the ease of use, programming and cost.  Some of the key things you should be looking for is that your calibration device can do Luminance, White Point and Gamma, those are all very important in the process kind of like ISO, shutter speed, and F-Stop is to your exposure.  I will be publishing a full article by weeks end to walk you through some of the key points, but at this point I would look at the i1 Display Pro (around $275.00) or the ColorMunki Display (around $160.00), both are nice models and both do projectors as well as monitors.  Please look for the article by Friday and hope this helps!Rick

Opening the Blog!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:51AM

Alright, the first Blog post on the Rick Trummer Consulting Website!  My hope is that this can be used as a question and answer area of the site to better communicate with all that use my consulting services, so ask away.  I get a lot of calls during the day which I love to take, but if you just have a quick question and don't think you need to call, just post and the hope is we can work as a team to get the best solutions out there.  I work with a lot of industry leaders, so this should be a great resource for you.  Thank you all for the last few months as I have transitioned into my new work, you can't believe how much I appreciate the support of all of you.  Let's talk soon! For more click here.

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