Frequently asked Questions
Question: I am a professional Photographer and am just changing over to digital. What is the best way for me to get up to speed?
Answer: I would recommend getting the basics of digital imaging. An excellent way to do this would be The Digital Coach’s™ webinar on “Digital Imaging Fundamentals” this will help you to understand how digital imaging works. I would follow that with the webinar “Introduction to Color Management for Photographers” that will get you grounded in color management. Then I would recommend a web based “over the shoulder session” of “Beginning Photoshop for Photographers” this will get you off to a good start with processing your images and preparing to print. Once you are getting good images on screen, I would suggest another web session of, “Printing to Match your Monitor.” A follow up could be another session on “Workflow” to establish a good plan of storing your images etc. This program will allow to get a college level education at a pace works for you. You’ll be producing quality images in no time. Use the links at the top of this page for more info.
Question: I’ve been working with Photoshop for a while and my images look great on screen, but my prints do not match.
Answer: This is a very common problem. First thing, if you are not savvy in color management and have not calibrated and profiled your monitor, I would start with the web based training “Introduction to Color Management for Photographers.” This will get you grounded in the fundamentals. Then I would suggest the web based training “Printing to Match your Monitor. In just a few hours you’ll be producing the results you seek. By the way, this same training works if you are having your prints made by a lab or service bureau. Got some friends with the same problem? You can all get together and we can present the material in Webinar form. It might be you just need a custom profile for your printer. See more info on profiles here.
Question: I am working in Lightroom and have my monitor calibrated. My images look great on screen but the prints I get back from the lab are way different from what I see on screen.
Answer: If your calibration is correct on your monitor, your lab is probably not color managed. What you are seeing on you monitor is probably what the data is in your file. However, the lab may be changing the data in your file during the printing process. I would suggest a web based training session “ Printing to Match Your Monitor.” You might want to also consider “Introduction to Color Management for Photographers” if you don’t feel you truly understand the whole color management process well enough to explain it to your lab. You might suggest some training for your lab if they are interested. Use the links at the top of this page for more info. We can also make a custom profile for your lab's printer. See additional info on profiles here.
Question: What is the difference between a webinar and web based training?
Answer: A webinar is a lecture type presentation, a seminar over the web. A web based training is a one on one “over the shoulder” training where you are operating your computer and we are coaching. Webinars are a good way to gather info. A webinar can be presented to a group all at once. Most info in a webinar is presented in a slide show format with demonstrations of the application. If you are not sure which is best for you, give us a call we will be glad to help you decide. Use the links at the top of this page for more info.
Question: We are a large service bureau and we are color managed. However, our clients do not understand why their files don’t come out like they expect. Can you help?
Answer: Yes, we can! We can put on an onsite seminar for your clients. We can present them with an easy to understand program that will educate them on how to prepare their files. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain business and increase the profitability of you company. An open house is a good way to present this program. contact us to see this works and how we can help you.
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