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X-Rite’s Coloratti

by Coole Photography on January 25, 2013 Leave a comment

I am delighted and honoured to be able to announce that I have been invited to become a member of the X-Rite’s prestigious Coloratti group. For followers of my work it will already be clear that colour plays a significant role in all of my imagery, so to have one of the world’s leading colour calibration companies and self declared “Colour Perfectionists” recognise this is my biggest achievement to date.

For those of you who have not heard of this particular group of photographers, here is some information taken directly from the X-Rite website:

Kimberley Coole“X-Rite’s Coloratti includes the world’s top professional photographers, a group whose vision, passion, leadership, and partnership are recognized and valued by X-Rite. Coloratti photographers are highly respected by their peers and are admired by up-and-coming professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike.

The Coloratti understand the importance of implementing colour management in their workflow and freely share their knowledge on how to get the very best colour for all your images, no matter how it is presented – on screen or in print. The Coloratti photographers have a dedicated passion for the world of photography and achieving accurate colour is presented in many of their workshops, seminars and at sponsored X-Rite events. They foster creativity in others and inspire their students and audiences to easily master colour control in their imagery and their art.

We’re confident you will be as enthusiastic about our Coloratti photographers as we are!”

Part of the collaboration involved answering a few questions, all based around colour of course, and I thought it would be a good idea to add my answers into this blog in case any of my readers had similar questions, so here they are:

When did you first understand the importance of colour to the photographic process?
I realised the importance of colour to the photographic process after taking my very first digital image. I downloaded the image to my computer and was shocked at the image that appeared before me as the colours displayed were completely wrong and not what the scene looked like at all. From that point on I have been very aware of the importance of monitor calibration and ensuring the colours are correct.

What is the most important aspect of colour management that an aspiring photographer should know?
It has been said time and time again and I believe most photographers, both aspiring and professional will agree, that consistency is by far the most important aspect of colour management. Once your monitor has been properly calibrated and profiled you can ensure that all images from that point on are edited and adjusted to the same high standards, giving your clients that priceless piece of mind that your photographs are print ready and no further adjustments need to be made.

Give an example of the ways in which a solid knowledge of colour management (or an accurate colour environment) helped you – on a project?
I love my images to be bright and colourful and so understanding colour management helps me on a daily basis, whether I am adjusting images for a client or for inclusion in my stock collection, it is essential that the colour remains correct and consistent.

How long have you been associated with X-Rite?
I joined the X-Rite Coloratti family in 2012.

Why are you committed to using X-Rite products?
As any photographer knows, accurate and consistent colour is essential and with X-Rite’s wide range of products, perfection is what you get time and time again. I wanted a colour management tool that I could rely on and thankfully I have found one, plus the software tools are both comprehensive and user friendly, making them accessible to photographers of all levels.

How important are the latest colour management tools in today’s industry?  Why?
As technology continues to improve and advance, new monitors and cameras are released at an alarming rate, it seems logical therefore that colour management will also progress, so knowing that the tools you have chosen to use are of the highest level and the company who produces them are world renowned is extremely reassuring.

What does the (near) future hold for the photo industry, in your opinion? Do you think colour management will be more or less important – why?
I believe colour management will remain as important as it always has been, clients will still require colour perfect images and photographers will endeavour to produce them. Whether the images are displayed digitally or printed, consistency between the two will be essential and thankfully X-Rite has a comprehensive range of products to ensure photographers worldwide are kept happy!

How is colour management related to your artistic process?
For those readers familiar with my work it is quite clear that colour is one of the most important aspects to my images. Many of my photographs were taken due to the colours within the scene at the time, and so keeping these strong and vivid colours is my main focus during the adjustment stage, making colour management essential to my artistic process.

Do you see colour management as an advantage for saving money?
Again, my fellow Coloratti members have said it before me but I wholeheartedly agree, without good colour management money is lost due to both time wasted and more importantly from the loss of clients. A perfect colour match is an essential aspect to any photograph and as professionals; the images we produce should be colour correct from start to finish.

Interior of Man Mo temple with burning incense spirals suspended from the ceiling, located in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong Island. Buddha statues inside the Royal Funerary Carriage House situated within the Buddhist temple of Wat Xieng Thong, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Portrait of a Sadhu (Hindu Holy Man), Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal Portrait of a smiling Rajasthani girl, from a small village on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. Portrait of a Lisu hill tribe girl wearing traditional dress, located in a small village in the Chiang Mai Province. Portrait of a H'mong hill tribe woman wearing traditional clothing and headdress, located in Sin Ho market which is held every Sunday.
Portrait of a woman from the Marwada Meghwal Harijan tribe wearing traditional clothing and a large golden wedding ring through her nose in the village of Zura, located roughly 30km from Bhuj in the Kutch District. An ancient stupa surrounded by colourful prayer flags at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bodhnath, also called Boudha or Bouddhanath, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Boats in the harbour at Labuan Bajo, also spelt Labuhanbajo and Labuanbajo, the launching point for trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park. The spectacular Pura Batu Bolong, a small shrine located near the famous Pura Tanah Lot, located in the Tabanan Regency. The Petronas Twin Towers, known locally as Menara Berkembar Petronas, are the tallest twin buildings in the world. A young girl carrying sticks on her head along the banks of the Yamuna River, located next to the Mehtab Bagh, which is also known as the Moonlight Garden.

Once again I’d like to thank X-Rite for the opportunity and recognition and hope to have a long and successful association with them.

To see my personal page on the X-Rite Coloratti Gallery please follow this link – http://www.xritephoto.com/ph_coloratti.aspx?id=2547

To view my interview which has been featured on the X-Rite blog please follow this link – http://blog.xritephoto.com/?p=8444

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