Color Management Professional Photography


The Color Management Professional Photography course is designed for those seeking to understand how to properly color manage digital media through a photographic imaging workflow. CMP Fundamentals is a recommended prerequisite, as the learner should be familiar with basic color theory, graphic communication workflows and print production processes.

Who Should Enroll: Photographic workflow, creative production, and retouching professionals

Shellie Hall, Ducktype Digital
Dennis Dunbar, Dennis Dunbar & Assoc
Kevin DePalmer, Gamma Graphix Inc.


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.