CMP for Photography

The CMP for Photography course is designed for those seeking to understand how to properly color manage digital media through a photographic imaging workflow. The Color Management Professional course for photography is comprised of six video lessons totaling three hours in length. The student should be famaliar with basic color theory, graphic communication workflows and print production processes, having completed the Color Managament Professional (CMP) Fundamentals course.

Course Lessons

Lesson #1: Assessing Content

  • Description of image workflow from raw capture (or scan) to viewing on screen, into image editing applications, to in-house output (inkjet) to file delivery.
  • What is being delivered RGB vs. CMYK ?
  • Assessing what hardware devices the photographer has and determining if they are adequate?
  • Address profiling for the devices
  • Determining what hardware is necessary for profiling these devices.
  • Deciding on a profile strategy.

Lesson #2: Monitor Profiling

  • Differences in types of displays - LCD, CRT, etc., including differences between graphics LCD displays (with on-board LUT) and non-graphics lcd displays.
  • Setting gamma, white point, and luminance.
  • How the environment affects calibration options and adjusting for them.
  • Building the profile.
  • Verifying the profile.
  • Quality control and trending for display.

Lesson #3: Creating Profiles for Digital Cameras

  • When to profile the camera
  • Hardware and software needed.
  • Step by step how to profile in studio – controlled environment.
  • Steps to verify the profiles.
  • Factors that affect accuracy
  • In a non-controlled environment, determining if the built in profile is valid

Lesson #4: Color Management for Digital Images

  • Handling camera raw files
  • Raw Converters - what you need to know
  • Workflow options: RGB vs. CMYK
  • Color Management as it relates to digital image specifications

Lesson #5: Defining Workflow and Application Configuration

  • Determination of final destination as early possible in the design/production process.
  • Communicating with the respective parties to help determine software application setups.
  • Establishing standards to follow Gracol7/SWOP or custom setups.
  • Use of .csf files for Adobe applications.
  • Proper setup for Quark Xpress.
  • Softproofing procedures.
  • Lighting for guide print evaluation.

Lesson 6. Guide Print Establishment for Photo Workflow

  • Definition of the cross rendered guide print.
  • How inks, lighting and paper effect the accuracy of the guide print.
  • Proofing to a Gracol7/ SWOP or custom profile and how to determine which to use.
  • Determination of RGB or CMYK files for proofing with tools available to photographers.
  • Printing with a RIP or a driver.
  • Setting up the workflow (i.e. Photoshop or Indesign driver settings)to create an accurate cross rendered guide print.
  • Reinforcement of the need to communicate with the Designer/Printer to assure success.
  • Proper assessment and lighting of guide print.
  • Identification of guide print restrictions and use for design and print production.