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I post blogs on a weekly basis covering photography tips and related news as well as photos made by my clients (read client feedback) on my photography workshops and photography courses.
 

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Take the on-line colour test

How well do you see color? 

FACT: 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency.

Take the online color challenge, based on the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test. 

Click the URL below to take the test now

Please note this does not work on mobile devices like phones and iPads - so you need to do this from a pc or laptop with a mouse attached.

http://www.xrite.com/online-color-test-challenge

Make a note of your score and the areas you didn't identify correctly as once you press submit and put gender and age in you loose your test results from the screen.

Share your test results in the comments box below please

A color vision defect doesn't mean you're color blind

There are varying degrees of color blindness, and some people may not be color blind at all. They simply have a tougher time distinguishing various hues than someone with sharper color acuity. 

Viewing & Printing - Why colours do not look accurate on your display or print.

Have you ever wondered why the colours you see on your monitor don't match the scene you photographed or the image you printed? That's because what you see on-screen is only as accurate as your display. Fortunately, there's an easy way to fix this. Calibrating and profiling will optimize your monitor's settings for contrast, brightness, and colour temperature, and allow you to see your "true colors." -

Calibrating your screen and printer

Spyder 

Spyder 

There are a range of devices available to calibrate your monitor and printer.  They vary in price depending if you want to do both screen and printer or just screen.  I use the Spyder from Datacolour available from Amazon for around £120.  Alternatively you can book me to calibrate your screen for you here

The subject of accurate colour is bigger than I can cover in a simple blog post.  The golden rule is to align colour profile in camera with screen and print.

The essentials to getting accurate colours throughout your workflow are as follows:

colour gamut profiles

  • Always do a custom white balance in camera
  • Set your camera to use Adobe RGB, it has a wider colour gamuet than SRGB
  • Calibrate your computer monitor using a device like the the Sypder or Colour Munki
  • Calibrate your printer for the ink and different paper types. Most printer manufacturers provide colour profiles for each paper type on-line so make sure you download them.
  • Keep your colour profile consistent throughout any editing in software.  Stick to Adobe RGB