New Workshop: Mastering Digital Color for Photographers

Announcing a new workshop series with SCV Center for Photography and David Saffir:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:30pm to 9:30pm and Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Cost:  $139 total for both nights (and includes the Mastering Digital Color book).  This is a 2 evening workshop.

Instructor: David Saffir

Mastering digital color isn’t just about having the ability to control color from start to finish in a creative project – it’s also about using color to maximize creative opportunities, and bring your vision to life. Color management is a wonderful point of leverage in every way that counts – cost, quality and competitiveness!

Mastering color in photography involves a stream of decisions that, at first glance, can seem unworkable, or even intimidating. The reality is that leveraging your color is based on a handful of basic principles – and once you have your color system refined and dialed in, you can go in almost any direction imaginable.

This is a down-to-earth, practical seminar that will help you make your color dance, and also help you improve your photography business.

In summary, we’ll cover:

– Color in “real life”

– What happens to color in the camera, computer, and printer

– What you need to do to make creative color control routine, easy and efficient

– Special tips and tricks to use color as a creative tool in capture, editing, and printing

Class highlights include, but are not limited to:

– Color space – that box of crayons you use every day

– Top tips for in-camera color control

– Important computer-based color controls

– What should a photography production guide look like?

– Why your display gives you good color – or why it may not

– How to choose color-savvy displays, printers, and other technology

– Managing consumer-level, and pro-level image editors for max color

– Important differences between Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, and iPhoto

– Why most photographers calibrate their display, and why they often

fail at screen to print match

– Advanced color tools – hardware and software – and why you probably don’t need most of them

– How inkjet printers handle color and what you can do about it

– Profiling is not a dirty word

– Maximizing color results with inkjet printers on selected paper types: gloss/satin, fine art/watercolor, canvas, and “synthetics”

– Quality control checks for each stage – inspection, correction, and troubleshooting.

– Compare color quality issues between different output devices: dye, dye-sub, and pigment printers among them

– Creative Color control and outdoor lighting

– Creative Color Control and studio lighting

Attendees will also receive a free copy of the book “Mastering Digital Color” (250+ pages), by David Saffir.

To sign up, please call the SCV Center for Photography, (661) 904-2092, email or visit

Coming in February 2010 is the second workshop in the series “Mastering Printing.”

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