Calibration and Profiling – not the same thing

Red bus in Leicester

The difference between calibration and profiling in colour management

A well known colour red

The other day I saw someone mention a ‘printer calibrated to their monitor’. I’d noticed elsewhere that there is a deal of confusion in the terms calibration and profiling, which tend to get used in an imprecise way. This short […]

Balancing lighting with the Spydercube

Spydercube for checking WB and exposure

Quick white balance setup for product photography

I’ve been testing the Samyang 14mm f2.8 ultrawide lens recently. I’ve got the Canon (EF) lens mount version attached to my Canon 1Ds Mk3.

As part of creating some images for the review I’m writing, I wanted a picture of the box with the lens and camera beside […]

i1Profiler is updated to V1.5

i1 Pro 2 used with i1 Profiler

X-Rite have announced the availability of V1.5 of i1 Profiler

i1 Pro 2 used with i1 Profiler

The updated software incorporates a number of fixes and improvements

Display: Improves i1 Display Pro support for newer display technologies

Scanner: Support HCT targets

Projector: Improved detection of screen position

Printer: device link profiles (CMYK), M1 support […]

How to set up the Canon iPF6450 SU-21 spectrophotometer

The SU-21 spectrophotometer attached to the front of an iPF6450

The SU-21 spectrophotometer attached to the front of an iPF6450

I’m currently testing the Canon iPF6450 24 inch wide format printer, which came with the optional SU-21 spectrophotometer unit.

I’ve documented the full set-up procedure for the SU-21 spectro, since for our printer review, I initially started off looking at just the basic iPF6450.


Scanner profiling with i1Profiler

i1Profiler adds Scanner profiling

When i1Profiler first came out, it was noticed that some of the functionality of earlier software hadn’t made it through into the new software.

Well, X-rite have released an update to profiler (V1.4.2) which adds the capability of profiling scanners, with a range of targets.

Review link: i1Profiler Scanner profiling

Whilst […]

ColorMunki Smile Review

Review of X-Rite ColorMunki Smile monitor calibrator

I’ve just finished a review of the new ColorMunki Smile. It’s actually shorter than many of my monitor profiling reviews, since the device is so simple to use!

It also supports multiple monitors, which I’d not really expected from an entry level product that only produces profiles at […]

New monitor calibration option – ColorMunki Smile

X-Rite announces ColorMunki Smile

Some time ago I reviewed the Pantone huey, very much intended as an entry level monitor calibrator. This was followed by the huey Pro, which has carried on as the entry level product ever since.

Whilst it was fairly good in its time, the huey performs less well on modern wider […]

The Spyder4 for your TV

Setting up a TV display for accurate colour poses a few more difficulties than with your computer monitor.

Datacolor have produced a version of the Spyder4 monitor calibrator to address this for TVs and projector based systems (front and back projection).

Review Link: Spyder4TV HD

It takes a bit of experimenting to get it right, […]

SpyderCheckr updated

A while ago I wrote a longish review of Datacolor’s SpyderCheckr system for camera calibrations

Review Link: Datacolor SpyderCheckr

Datacolor have announced an update to the software that now works with Hasselblad’s Phocus software as well as Adobe Camera Raw.

This advanced colour reference and grey card system now supports Hasselblad’s Phocus software. This new […]

Using the new i1Pro 2 for profiling

Keith Cooper has been looking at the new i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. Covering the i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Basic Pro 2 packages, he has written two extensive reviews of these X-Rite profiling packages for monitors, projectors and printers. […]