New Webinar Schedule Updated May 1

Datacolor® , a global leader in color management solutions, announced today its spring 2013 line-up of free color management webinars featuring co-sponsors. The popular webinar series continues with a variety of introductory and advanced webinars that discuss new techniques and offer insights and tips for photographers to enhance their skills. Datacolor is bringing dynamic topics to photographers with the help of notable photography related companies including Triggertrap,, onOne Software and Lexar.

Each webinar includes step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussions on how to effectively use the right tools to create images. The bi-monthly webinars, hosted by David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor, and David Saffir, Datacolor expert, noted landscape and fine art photographer, and author of “Master Digital Color,” focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages. Topics range in subject matter and focus on providing photographers with new methods of producing high quality results with their images.

“Photography continues to evolve and there are always new methods to master,” said David Tobie. “Datacolor has always been committed to helping photographers achieve the highest quality photos. By adding more partners to our webinar series, we continue our goal of providing photographers at any level with the methods, techniques, and recommendations on tools to produce incredible photos.”

Upcoming topics for the Datacolor color management webinar series to include:

May 8, 2013 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT: Digital Workflow Process for the Capture Stage (Co-sponsor: Hunt’s Photo & Video)

May 30, 2013 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT: Remote Control Photography (Co-sponsor: Triggertrap)

June 12, 2013 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT: Introduction to Color Management (Co-sponsor:

June 18, 2013 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT: Focus Control: Before, During, and After the Shot (Co-Sponsor: onOne Software)

June 27, 2013 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT: Digital Asset Management (Co-sponsor: Lexar)

Those interested in attending can register in advance for the free webinars. Attendees will be given discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors. They will also automatically be entered to win a Datacolor Spyder product and products from co-sponsors coinciding with the webinar topic. Guests will have the ability to interact with the speakers in a Q&A format, and get first-hand input on applying color management effectively in their workflow.

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Planning for Success in 2010

I just finished a scouting trip to Joshua Tree National Park with a good friend of mine. He’s leading a group there in a couple of weeks. Haven’t spent much time together in the past few months, so it was a good chance to catch up.

Our discussions recharged my determination to develop five significant goals I will focus on in the coming year. I realize my choices may or may not be applicable to you, but I hope that this post will help you to create your own concrete, actionable goals.

1. Action Plan: I’m writing a new action plan – and learning from last year’s experiences, I will include additional concrete, measurable business goals (increasing stock/licensing sales, sales of fine art prints, and expanding my fine art reproduction business).

2. Creative People: I want to find opportunities to spend more time with creative people, get involved in their stories, projects, and dreams for the future. This is one of the best ways I know to recharge and be inspired.

3. Break Out of the Comfort Zone: I’ve already scheduled more time in the next few months for new kinds of personal photography work. I’m also going to go back to giving myself “assignments” when time permits to shake things up.

Desert Pool, Image by David Saffir

4. Get Help: just booked a project with a design consultant, who is going to help me make my blog and web site easier to use. We’re also going to improve “web visibility”: recharge indexing by the search engines of my written work and images, create more effective incoming and outgoing links, and improve the PR cycle.

5. Continuing Education: I’m particularly interested in very long exposures at night using digital capture, learning new, perhaps unconventional lighting techniques, and further expanding my skills in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Ambitious goals, but I think they are achievable. One trick I’ve learned is to put them on my calendar as part of my scheduling. In other words, make appointments with myself. Seems to work.

Finally, I have to thank all those who have helped me along in the past year. Workshop students, in particular, have a way of asking questions that challenge and inspire me to do better. Colleagues and business partners have been bringing me projects and assignments that are frequently out-of-the-box, and these help remind me to listen actively and understand.

Final note: I’ve updated my workshop schedule for 2010. You can find it via the tab at the top of this page, or use this link for the workshop schedule.

Happy New Year, and good luck to all!

David Saffir

2010 Survey of Photoraphers

If you have just finished the 2010 survey, THANK YOU! I’ll be publishing a summary of results in the second half of January 2010. In the interim, please take a look at some of the how-to articles, reviews, and other content on this blog.

Best regards,

David Saffir

PS – If you haven’t yet taken the survey, you can use this link. Multiple-choice, and pretty quick. Thanks!