Calibrating And Profiling Your Display

The most important factor in achieving accurate color for your digital photographs is working on a calibrated and profiled display. Calibrating your display corrects its output settings, and profiling makes an icc p rofile for use by the cms.

Calibrating and profiling your display must be done with a combination of dedicated hardware and software. Software alone, such as Adobe Gamma, is not sufficient; you must use a measurement device to perform accurate calibration. I recommend the X-Rite i1 (Eye One) or Color Munki systems for this.

The Lightroom Workflow

Even with all the variables involved, it is possible to characterize a standard workflow for digital photography. This is the skeleton framework—you can customize this to the needs for your photography as you see fit. In any case, the basic steps of the workflow remain the same:

1. Capture the digital photos with your camera

2. Download the photos onto your computer hard drive and Import into Lightroom

3. Organize your photos and set aside the best ones

4. Develop the selected images

5. Exp ort files from Lightroom for specific purposes

6. Output your photos as prints, Web sites and/or slideshows

Of course, each of these steps is actually comprised of multiple tasks that vary depending on circumstances. These tasks—and time saving shortcuts and techniques—are explained in detail in the following chapters.

If you perform each phase of the workflow similarly every time, you will soon be able to think several steps ahead. This facilitates better decision-making and dramatically speeds up your work.

Process in Lightroom, not in-camera

Though many current camera models offer varying levels of processing within the camera itself (brightness, contrast, color and sharpness controls, black and white conversion, etc.) it's almost always best to do the image processing on your Lightroom, not in the camera.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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