Color Management | Goals and Purpose

In Editing: Getting Accurate Color and Brightness, we touched on monitor calibration.

Color management is a topic that’s a bit complex and can be confusing, but let’s take another step!


Once we’ve calibrated our monitors and have a good editing setup, we open up a photograph to edit, and need to decide what Color Proof we’re going to work with.

This can be found in Photoshop CS5 under View>Proof Setup>Custom.

Popular working options include Internet Standard RGB, Adobe, and more.

Depending on which Proof option we choose (and be sure that ‘Proof Colors’ is checked!), our image can look VERY different.


This is where our goals and purpose comes in.

  • If we only plan to upload our photography online, working in Internet Standard RGB may be best.
  • If we plan on running prints of our fine art for sale, working in CMYK or a custom profile via our preferred printer may be best.

It really depends on what our main use of our art will be.


Color Management is a very important, although complex, topic.

Let’s check out some of the articles available online, and get a better idea of how we’re working!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’


If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!

See you next week!

Solemn Witch

Fantasy portrait of a witch

I recently did a location shoot with the lovely Yasae!  You can find more from her here (NSFW).


Although this is only one set from the shoot, it’s a great reminder of finding more variety, even within photo sets!

I loved both, and took a slightly different editing approach to each photo, but when putting together a portfolio, variety is key!

With these images being to similar, they wouldn’t both make it into a portfolio.

But, alas, sometimes it’s hard to choose!


Let’s keep variety in mind, especially when deciding which photos to bring to edit.  We’re often better off choosing a single favorite out of similar photographs, than finishing and publishing several.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Alternative fashion portrait

Fantasy boudoir portrait

Editing: Getting Accurate Color and Brightness

Once we get our photographs into our computers for editing, we’ll want to ensure that we’re able to get accurate color and brightness!

Color Accuracy in Editing Photography

  • Use Daylight Lightbulbs.

You should ideally be editing under light from daylight temperature lightbulbs.  Go with LED, and you can even save some electricity!

  • Light Direction

No harsh glares should be falling on your screen.  Best practice is to keep direct light from hitting your computer screen at all.

The light shouldn’t be shining in your eyes either.

Consider having your studio light in front of you across the room.

  • Edit in Dimmer Light

Don’t edit in total darkness, but let the light and colors pop from your computer screen.

If even across the room your studio light is too bright, diffuse it.  You can add a white lampshade, or block it with a room divider or white trifold board (you know, the kind you used for school projects!).

  • Calibrate Your Monitor

There are tools you can use to calibrate your computer for correct color and brightness.

I’ve been using a Spyder Pro for the past few years.

  • Be Consistent!

Once you’ve got your daylight bulb in the right place in relation to your workspace, you’ve dimmed the studio light, and you’ve calibrated the monitor, keep things as consistent as possible!

If you rearrange your studio, add bright red curtains (which isn’t recommended as it could cause a slight color cast), or the like, recalibrate!

  • Edit at Half Screen Brightness

If your monitor lets you control it’s brightness, consider editing at half brightness.

You never know if the people looking at your photography have their screens set at their brightest or their darkest, so make a habit of editing in the sweet spot.

Occasionally bring your screen brightness all the way up, and all the way down as you work.  Does your image still look okay?

Aim to get an image that’ll look beautiful no matter the screen brightness!


Although everyone that views your images online isn’t going to be seeing your photos in the best light with a calibrated monitor, doing our best to get color and brightness accurate is important!


If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!
See you next week!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Misty Autumn Forest | Resistance

Resistance can have a big impact on our lives.

It keeps us in a rut, automatically following the same well-worn paths we’ve been walking for so long.

When ever we want to change for the better (which is hopefully often!), resistance is there to meet us.

Do we let it stop us?


Realistically…it’s at least going to put up a fight.  And that’s our cue to acknowledge our resistance to change, and push forward anyway.

The first hurdles are always the hardest.  We need to jump over them anyway.  We’ll slip, we’ll fall back into our old routine, but each time we need to get back up and move forward.

Habits take time to dismantle and recreate, but it can be done!

How do you want to change yourself for the better?  What goals are you working on, and what new habits are you trying to instill?  How do you overcome resistance?

Let’s keep our goals and values in mind, and keep moving forward!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Deer Trail

Landscape photography of foggy mountains.

Along This Dark Path | We Choose Our Direction

Circumstance isn’t everything.

We all have dreams of what we want our lives to be like, and we all have a certain path we’ve been walking.

We can’t always choose where we start our journey from, but we decide which direction to walk.  If our current lives aren’t reflecting what we value and what we dream of, let’s ask ourselves:

In which direction have we been walking?

Have we been pushing closer to our ideals, or wandering in the opposite direction?

Our ideal lives aren’t going to magically fall into place, we’ll have to put in the legwork and start making choices.  Some choices may hard, and the journey with be difficult, but isn’t living closer to our dreams worth it?

Let’s continually check in with ourselves, our dreams, and ask if we’ve been heading in the direction we want.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fallow Your Path

Landscape photography of the valley and mountains in Divide, Colorado


It often pays to step off the beaten path, if only to see the familiar in a new way.  There’s also a great chance of encountering something you didn’t even know was there.

The world opens up and becomes so much bigger when we take the time to really explore.

Let’s get out and enjoy the views of a path less trodden.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of a trail in Rock Ledge Ranch.

Forest Textures

Dark Skies

One of the many views from the historic Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado.

This place was absolutely fantastic when I visited during the off-season earlier this year, even though there weren’t any reenactors present.

It’s a working ranch, so there were plenty of horses and chickens about, and I’m looking forward to getting back there sometime soon!

Let’s keep our eyes open for the beautiful places around us.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Barn | Rock Ledge Ranch

Landscape photography of a trail in Rock Ledge Ranch.