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In professional photography, what you see in-camera is not necessarily what you'll see on the monitor, and likewise what you see on the monitor is not what you'll see on the printed photo, unless everything is calibrated. Datacolor offers a variety of calibration tools that enable you to ensure that your printed photos will look exactly as you expect them to. This particular B&H Kit packages the Datacolor Spyder5ELITE, for expert monitor calibration, with the SpyderCUBE RAW, for taking reference shots for raw image capture.
The Spyder5ELITE is for professional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists seeking ultimate control of their color workflow. It allows you to match laptop, desktop, and studio monitors, and front projectors, to a single standard and offers unlimited calibration settings, 5 ambient light settings, and more. The SpyderCUBE enables you to accelerate the processing of raw images by providing references to set the white balance, exposure, black level, and brightness prior to taking the shot. Simply take one reference shot with SpyderCUBE under the same light condition, make adjustments as necessary, save the setup as a preset, and then apply the preset to your entire series of images.
Datacolor Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration System
With the ever increasing choice in monitors, the Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration System from Datacolor helps you maintain consistency from production through post and delivery. Designed to provide professional photographers, colorists, and calibration perfectionists with the tools for complete control of their color workflow, the Spyder5ELITE allows you to match multiple monitors, from laptops to desktop monitors, front projectors, and even matching multiple studio monitors to a single standard. The ELITE software incorporates advanced calibration features for setting gamma, white point, and gray balance, and allows you unlimited choices for calibration settings.
The included Spyder5 Colorimeter (probe) features a 7-detector optical engine. Compact and portable the Spyder5 mounts to your monitor via lens cap counterweight, or an integrated tripod mount. Featuring a 5 minute initial calibration time, and a recalibration time of just half that, the Spyder5ELITE system gets you up and calibrated quickly, and monthly recalibrations allow you to stay calibrated even faster. With 5 ambient light settings, before and after evaluation, video and print standards to calibrate your monitor to, and advanced display analysis the Spyder5ELITE is a powerful tool in your color correction arsenal. A reusable storage box protects your Spyder5 Colorimeter unit when you need to take it traveling.
Spyder5 calibrates your monitor to an industry color reference standard to ensure on-screen colors are accurate, grays and whites are consistent, shadow and highlight details are protected, and skin tones are true-to-life.
The software provides you a calibration wizard, with interactive help. You can also choose to use the Expert Console with a suite of expert calibration features.
The software supports storing an unlimited number of calibration choices, including REC. 709 for those working in the video color space.
Spyder5ELITE allows you to calibrate laptops, desktop monitors, and front projectors. The StudioMatch Assistant allows you to match multiple monitors to a single standard.
Featuring 5 ambient light settings, you can color correct with confidence knowing that your monitor stays calibrated even as ambient lighting conditions shift.
Before and After calibration evaluation is possible using a Standard Datacolor image, or your user imported images.
Display Analysis feature lets you evaluate and compare the performance of all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
You can calibrate your monitor in just 5 minutes, and monthly recalibrations can take half that.
Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool
The SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool from Datacolor is a compact (1.5"/3.8 cm square), digital color balancing tool that not only allows you to correct the color temperature but also the exposure, brightness and black point of your images. The SpyderCUBE is a spectrally neutral three-dimensional tool that's small enough to fit in your pocket or camera bag and gives you all the features needed to easily adjust your images in post-production. Its multi-sided construction allows special attention to highlights and shadows, and contains more features for image control than a gray card or white balance tool.
Just place the SpyderCUBE in the lighting conditions under which you will be photographing. Orient the cube so that the lower black face, containing the black trap, is at the bottom front, and the two split white/gray faces are both visible. Take a photograph that includes the Cube. It makes several measurements that make it possible for you to be confident that your colors are accurate, your shadows and highlights are properly exposed, and your image is adjusted to the ideal density, regardless of the lighting conditions. These functions give you the data you need:
1 Chrome Ball - Measures catchlight to analyze specular highlights.
2 White Face(s) - Define highlights in relation to catchlight.
3 Gray Face(s) - Measures color temperature and midtone response.
4 Black Face - Defines shadows in relation to black trap.
5 Black Trap - Defines absolute black.
By using SpyderCUBE under the same lighting conditions as your photos, you can optimally adjust all the
photos in RAW conversion using the information the Spyder 3D shot provides. The SpyderCUBE is easy enough for the advanced amateur and sophisticated enough for professionals.
Reference tool to achieve accurate colors without trial-and-error operations in RAW processing.
SpyderCUBE provides all relevant light information for the RAW adjustments:
* Chrome Ball to measure catchlight to analyze overexposed areas.
* White Faces to define highlights in relation to catchlight.
* Spectrally neutral 18% Grey Faces to measure color temperature and midtones in all lighting conditions.
* Black Trap to define absolute black.
* Black Face to define shadows in relation to black trap.
Easy to use and compatible with all RAW converter software.
Essential for RAW processing but can also be used when processing images in a JPG workflow.
Small and handy, it fits in any photo bag
Ideal for location shooting (outdoor or indoor) and studios
Capture accurate color without a lot of trial and error manipulation
Spectrally Neutral, so that the Cube responds accurately to all lighting conditions
Provides reference values to check and adjust RAW control settings
Includes Black Trap for shadow detail control
Allows users to instantly correct color images by setting color temperature value
Allows users to accurately adjust shadows and highlight detail in any RAW image