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Color Confidence

The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management By Adam Bell
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Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management
by Tim Grey
252 Pages
$44.99 US/$62.95 CAN
Sybex Publishing
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I wasn't too sure what to make of a book like this when it first arrived at my desk about a month ago. With a title like 'Color Confidence' it almost makes you think this is some kind of weird psycho-analysis personality book or something along those lines. I got a bit scared as I started to skim the pages.

I needn't have worried.

What this book is might be the type of syllabus we've long needed in the PhotoShop book genre. But it's not exactly a PhotoShop book. It discusses a lot about Digital Photography, but is it a Photography book?

It's both of these and neither of these.

It's really a synchronization book. One of the most unique I've ever witnessed.

What this book does is explain something that we definitely take for granted. Face it, a lot of us in this industry buy a computer, monitor, maybe a camera, a scanner, a printer, leave the defaults as is and just start working. Ever done that? I sure have. After all, who really has the time to properly calibrate all of this to make our setup the most effective possible?

Turns out, we should do this. We've just never been properly explained how to. Hmmm.....sounds almost like the sex education we never got as kids and teens, but that's another article.

In this book, Tim Grey guides us on selecting the best cameras, scanners, printers, monitors and the best way to set this up and calibrate it all properly. Yes, the best setups are extremely expensive but Tim does explain cost-effective workaround that while they are not perfect replacements for the expensive doo-dads they are probably good enough for the majority of us who aren't top-of-the-line pros and don't desire to be. Step-by-step instructions explain properly the best ways to set up your equipment. 

While you may not have the dough to buy all the equipment Grey suggests, one look through this book and all of the outstanding photographs you will view may make you change your mind and take your photography and computer skills to the next level. It may be the difference in getting that next big job.


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Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with dzign@datatv.com (http://datatv.com/) amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.
Related Keywords:Tim Grey, Sybex Publishing, calibrate, Photoshop, synchronization, cameras, scanners, printers

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