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Michael Clark

Color Management is a huge part of my workflow. I have been using color management since the very first color management tools were available way back in the late 90s. I have owned just about every X-Rite product at one point or another including the I1 Display 2 and the ColorMunki before upgrading to the i1 Pro a few years ago. I use the i1 Pro to calibrate all of my computer monitors on a monthly basis (or before any big assignment) including my laptops and towers. I also use the i1 Photo Pro to make printer profiles for many of the different papers I work with and print with on my Epson 9880 and 3880 printers. I have to say that having top-notch color management is at least as important as the camera and lenses I choose. In fact, in the whole process the monitor I use and how well it is calibrated might be more important than the cameras I work with. \

When I’m in the field, I use the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport for video shoots to help me in the post-processing and also to dial in the white balance in the camera. I also use custom white balance settings in the camera when shooting stills. When I teach workshops, I always do a digital workflow primer no matter what the topic of the workshop is. In that primer, I talk about recommended monitors and also go into great detail for at least 35 minutes or more on color management because it is so critical to everything we do in this modern world of digital imaging. In workshops, I find that the students are generally lacking in the post-processing and color management areas and they can improve their work most by learning about these techniques and getting at least a basic primer on how to get a handle on their digital workflow. I always give every workshop attendee a copy of my digital workflow e-book, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Professional Photographer’s workflow. I currently have an X-Rite i1 Photo Pro kit and use it to profile my monitors, calibrate LCD projectors and to make paper profiles.