Glyn Dewis / Beauty, Portrait Photographer
I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I have wasted over the past few years trying to get my images on screen to come out looking the same in print. In the beginning it was the colours I just couldn’t get right but that was soon fixed after I started calibrating my screen using a device such as the X-rite i1 Display Pro. However despite the colours being correct, prints would also come back too light or too dark. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t get it right!
For quite some time I resorted to a workaround…
You can check out the i1 Display Pro by Clicking here
When it comes to calibrating your screen you’ll always get the best and most consistent results when you do the calibration in the same environment settings each time, and by this I mean calibrating at the same time of day in the same lighting.
In my own office / workspace I have blackout blinds and also use daylight balanced bulbs so using these means the room lighting is consistent when I’m looking at the screen.
I also use the BenQ range of monitors which come with a screen shade / hood which prevents light from outside the screen, spilling onto it and so giving you a false impression of what you’re looking at. A lot of today’s monitors come with these kind of shades.
Soft Proofing in Lightroom...Where is it?
Ok so first things first, you’ll find the Soft Proofing checkbox underneath your picture on the left hand side when in the Develop Module. If you don’t see it there then you just need to make it visible by clicking to open the menu that is underneath your picture but on the right hand side.
Download and Install the ICC Profiles
The key to soft proofing comes from using what are called ICC Profiles (ICC stands for International Colour Consortium) and in their simplest terms these are basically files that have been created by printing labs, manufacturers of printers and such like to allow us to see what images will look like when printed on different mediums (paper, canvas, metal…).
Where do I get them from?
Now I use a Loxley Colour Printing Lab for all my printing needs. They’re based in Scotland and on their website there’s a link to download their own specific ICC Profiles that are relevant for their printing process and their differing papers / mediums.
The reason I mention this is because ICC Profiles differ from Lab to Lab, from Printer to Printer and from Paper / Medium to Paper / Medium, meaning you need to download the relevant ones for the processes you use i.e. I wouldn’t use a Loxley Colour ICC Profile if I was sending image files to be printed by Bay Photo. Make sense?
So go visit or get in touch with your printing lab of choice to download their specific ICC Profiles or if you use Loxley Colour or fancy giving them a try here’s how you find their ICC Profiles from within their website:
Once download you then need to put them in the correct place in your computer so that later on the software you use (Lightroom, Photoshop) can see them.
Most times you’ll likely find that simply double-clicking on the profile name will then cause it to install correctly however if that doesn’t work for you here is where you need to place them into:
C: > Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color
Macintosh HD > Library > Colorsync > Profiles
So now you’re ready to go for the real process of soft proofing. In the next part, I will show you how to conduct the process of soft proofing in Lightroom.
Adrian Weinbrecht / Video, commercial and model photography
In this episode of Adrian’s 20 seconds tips, BenQ Ambassador Adrian Weinbrecht introduces the daylight balanced lamp. Check it out to know how this lamp can help your indoor photography shoot.
It's a pity, because when I think about it, I realize that I have many more panoramic views of other places than my city, which reminds me of a wise phrase from my friend Tino Soriano, photographer of the National Geographic: "If I am not able to photograph the Pyrenees well, I will not take any good pictures in the Himalayas".
Well, here is a panoramic view taken from Montjuic, the mountain beside the city, from which you can see a good part of it. To do this, I took 6 pictures in portrait mode and made the rotation using my VR panoramic head.
That's why, when you look at photographs of the Canary Islands, you can't imagine that it really is Africa. Taking advantage of a trip I made to the capital, Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria, I was able to take a panoramic view of the harbour and the beach:
BenQ Ambassador Adrian Weinbrecht reveals the tip of using pegs to bring your photography shooting with more convenience and safety. Check out the video to know more.
In this episode, Frank will take you abroad! It's all about street & travel photography.
You will never guess what tennis balls can do during filming and they actually can be a great help with the lighting and stability. Don’t miss out this episode of Adrian Weinbrecht’s 20 seconds tips.
Adrian Weinbrecht's 20 Seconds Tips
Frank Doorhof's Digital Classroom
Hugo Rodriguez's Photography Postcards
Hugo Rodriquez's Photography Postcards
Mark Wood's World Of Color Management