I just got word that Datacolor & Manfrotto Distribution are presenting a free Webinar today: “Datacolor New Product Review – SpyderCheckr, SpyderLensCal and SpyderCube”
When: Today—-Tuesday March 22nd
Time: Between 2pm-3pm EDT
Where: Right here
Here’s how they describe it:
Learn how you can save time and money by calibrating your camera lenses’ on your with the SpyderLensCal. Plus, to help you make sure you’re getting accurate color in your images there is the SpyderCheckr. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get accurate predictable color right from the first shot all the way through to final prints!
Datacolor Education Manager, Joshua Fischer, and Manfrotto Distribution Product Manager, Will Holowka, discuss these new and exciting products from Datacolor and learn how you can integrate them into your digital workflow.
During this Webinar, you have exclusive advantages:
$#x2022; Interact one on one with our special speakers. Ask questions & get the answers you need!
$#x2022; Automatic Chance to Win one of our three exclusive Prize Giveaways – one Datacolor Spyder3 Elite (DC S3EL100), a value of $249; and two people will each win a SpyderCube (DC SC100) valued at $59 each. The 3 winners will be announced at the end of the Webinar, so you must attend the Webinar in its entirety, from beginning until end to qualify for a chance to win.*
$#x2022; FREE recorded version of the entire webinar. Within 24 hours of the event, you will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar.
*In order to be eligible to win a prize, you must have a valid United States address and a valid email address upon registration.
Cool, I just happen to be free today! 8-)
I need to find out more about monitor calibration, so I’ll have to check this out. Thanks for the link, Scott!
Unfortunately, based on attending a previous “how-to” webinar by these two companies, this is little more than a product-webinar, to try and sell you on Datacolor’s new products.
Fortunately, this time they are much more honest about the intent of the webinar.
Attended “Monitor Calibration Finally Explained” in June 2010. It was nothing more than a review of Datacolor’s current products. They did have a chat section in which attendees could write in questions. I was most disappointed when the answers were rife with misinformation (e.g. photographers should only shoot in JPEG, should only shoot in sRGB, as the web and commercial photo printers, like MPix, only print in sRGB). If questions seemed a little too difficult for either the chat responders, or the webinar hosts, you were told to contact technical support (e.g. how to use the Spyder calibrators to reduce brightness, or cd/m2, to more closely match paper brightness). One would think that a webinar on monitor calibration would cover this topic.
I wrote in, both during the seminar, and afterwards, and never received any sort of acknowledgement.
While I understand that there are situations where a photographer may choose to shoot in JPEG-only, I do not understand limiting the amount of colors to work with. And it is unwise for Datacolor to assume that all photographers only shoot for the web, or for prints. If this were true, there would be no need for Eizo-like monitors that attempt to cover the AdobeRGB gamut.