Time to be with your loved ones

Time to be with loved ones

by sat

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

491 reputation
28
bio website tempel.org
location Munich, Germany
age 49
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
seen Mar 30 at 15:40
Been programming for about 30 years. Started with BASIC, Pascal and assembler on 8 bit computers, later C, Modula-2, C++. Now mainly a Mac programmer, favoring REALbasic for its ease of use, where possible. Also doing iPhone development.

Dec
19
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
BTW, I appreciate your effort writing this long reply. However, it's too general for me. I have added a new "CRI" section to my question. If you could comment on that, it would great. I realize that I keep dragging this along but as an engineer, I like precise solutions, and so far it's been all rather "oh, just calibrate your monitor, trust the RAW converter, and nothing can go wrong" like answers. I like to understand it, not just follow advice blindly.
Dec
19
revised How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
adds section about CRI
Dec
19
revised How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
clarified that I have a calibrated monitor
Dec
19
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
I have calibrated my monitor (which is a cheap one that doesn't even cover the entire brightness range!), but I still claim that this is useless in repro work because I do not even remember the colors when I post-process the images on it, so I cannot "adjust" them when I cannot tell what the colors were in the original. And at the place where I'd do the repro work I only have a MacBook Pro with me, and its screen is even worse that the Dell monitor I use at home, so even comparing a painting right there is probably not very accurate.
Dec
19
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
I can rent an i1 color calibration device from Calumet (where I would also get the lights). I've used the ColorMunki before, but its software only works with monitor screens and printers, both of which it can control. How would I use that on a painting that already has its own colors? I guess I'd need different software than that what comes with the device. I guess I would then give the software my image from the camera and let it see certain colors on the painting so that it could match them. Not very practical with already finished paintings, though.
Nov
13
asked When to choose in-camera HDR mode versus Exposure Bracketing
Nov
13
comment What is the cheapest method to perform HDR?
@tech, in my camera, a Pentax, the HDR option is only available if I choose to take pictures in JPEG mode but not if I'm in RAW mode. Maybe that's the same on your camera.
Nov
4
revised How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
added my concerns about the color accuracy and removed some repeated paragraphs
Nov
4
answered How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
Oct
24
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
Aiden, that's my point - I'd use a color or grey card as the reference, and then I tell the computer that to use that for the white balance - even if my bad monitor is not calibrated, it's still correctly adjusted with the reference card. That's the hole point of this question. I do not trust my tools (computer, camera sensor), that's why I wanted to know what I can trust instead to get the colors right.
Oct
18
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
Thanks, but I think most of the answers are boilerplate, i.e. they've been answered already in the linked posts (plus, the important part you should mention about lighting is that it needs to be all of the same color!). Though, repeating them can't hurt, either. However, I do not see why a calibrated monitor is necessary if the picture as taken by the camera and then processed by a RAW converter and then brought to the printer needs any (possibly poor) represenation on the monitor. After all, aren't the colors calibrated by the RAW conversion already, and those are used by the printer?
Oct
17
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
@mattdm, even if you're right - there is so far no question here that would clarify this, i.e. "do I need to worry about color management"? All the other q's already make the assumption that one knows that part - I didn't. That's why I think this shouldn't be closed as a dupe or as irrelevant. Note that this q got 6 upvotes. There must be a reason for that.
Oct
17
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
I, however, think that this answer did indeed help. He confirms how using a color chart migth be helpful, and that I do not have to worry too much about what I thought I have to worry about. He essentially understood that I'm unsure and that I needed advice. The fact that this entire question of mine is maybe too vague is another issue. If you think, however, that his advice is off, then please add your own answer, as I do not have the experience to decide how good his advice really is.
Oct
15
revised How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
adds comment on why I think this is not a duplicate
Oct
15
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
@mattdm I don't agree. I do not even care about the colors on my monitor, and I have certainly not calibrated the colors on my monitor. The colors are therefore probably totally off. In repro, which this question is about, the goal is to keep the original colors intact, and there's no color modification (such as retouching) happening on the computer, ideally. So, your suggested post would not help my question, see?
Oct
15
comment How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
@Itai, as I already mentioned in my post, I read the one you point out, and I also explained why mine isn't a duplicate, i.e. because I have a question about color accuracy that the other question doesn't talk about.
Oct
14
revised How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
added 173 characters in body
Oct
14
revised How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?
added 173 characters in body
Oct
14
answered How much of a difference do different color spaces make?
Oct
14
comment What's the difference between Adobe RGB and sRGB and which should I set in my camera?
This is a great explanation. Thanks for making the effort.