Color Management: Workspace
I'm really spending a ton of time on this I realize, but this is so critical, I've just learned over the years that so many of my problems had to do with color management. It didn't have to do with how I shot the image or other things. So the work space, we've talked about this a fair bit so we'll race through this. You want it 20 to 40 Lux like I said, with a light meter. You want it fairly dark, that window's open up there on the right just for my picture so it wasn't pitch black in there. But I do close these blinds, excuse me. When I work on images, this is the lamp I was talking about that's got the SoLux bulb that's D50. So it's 5000 degrees Kelvin. I have another one right over here that you can kinda see. And then I have my print viewing box, which we'll pull in tomorrow when we actually do start printing, right next to my monitor so I can compare them right there and then the printer's right here. And it's not like I'm printing all of my images all the time, I do make fine art...
prints for people who want them. And sometimes I make what I call guide prints for clients who are very touchy about color, that's not very often anymore these days. But you get a sense of my office. That monitor hood is also a very nice thing because it blocks out the light that might be falling down from your lamp. And my lamp's just pointing straight up at the ceiling so it's reflecting off a white ceiling. I do have some of my prints up, and I didn't paint my doors 18% gray, that seemed a little over the top. But debatable. I did buy a gray carpet on purpose. I understand, the funny thing is if say you're working, I'm at Amazon right here next door and you can't change the lighting, it is what it is. But we'll talk about that when we're calibrating the monitor, that's the other reason I have a monitor hood 'cause it'll block off a lot of that stray light. How you calibrate depends on how bright your work environment is, in terms of the brightness of your monitor. We've already talked about these neutral walls, consistent light, ideal Lux is 20 to 40 Lux, daylight balanced room temperature or white balance for the lighting in the room. You don't want the super crazy light in your sodium lights or something like that in your workspace that are at 7500 degrees Kelvin or 3200 degrees Kelvin 'cause that's gonna affect how you see your monitor. It's gonna be reflected off of your monitor. The brighter the lights in your workspace, the brighter you're gonna have to make the brightness of your screen. That's the thing, if you've got a really bright workspace like this and I have to work here well then I might put more material on the sides to kinda block some of this blue light from coming in and I might extend my monitor hood so I can really isolate this but I'd also just have to make the monitor brighter to make it the right brightness. This is a key thing, like how do you know how to make, how bright to make your monitor, we'll get to there. Color of the shirt you wear as I already said, I learned this from the Adobe gurus like they all wear black or gray shirts when they work on images. I just bought a lot of black shirts, this is the same if you're a studio photographer, all of your assistants, if you look at the guys behind you which those of you online cannot see, they're all wearing black, so if they're standing there holding a big reflector in the studio and somebody's using strobes they don't have a hot pink shirt that's reflecting color onto that subject. So that's kind of a thing in the photo world.