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2.8: Color Matching Exercise

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    Purpose and Description

    Students practice making global and local adjustments for color correction. The exercise demonstrates the subjectivity and objectivity of color and challenges students to make decisions about accurate color representation. Students photograph an object and then bring it into the lab to use as a guide for color correction. The goal is to match the color in the photographic print to the physical object.

    • Set up an interesting composition. Pay attention to composition, exposure, focus, etc. The images must be technically correct and interesting to look at! Still life, fashion, or product photography might be good avenues to explore for this project.
    • Your series must have at least one object you can bring to class to use as a reference when working on these prints. For example, if your subject is a still life, bring a cup, toy, or fabric from your composition. If you capture a portrait, bring the t-shirt, sunglasses, or hat worn by the subject. If you photograph a landscape, bring a lawn ornament, a pinecone, or some other small object that appears in the landscape.

    Success Tips

    • Pay attention to the quality, temperature, and direction of the light source.
    • For this assignment try to customize White Balance using a grey card. This will result in the most accurate color in your photograph and make color correction easier.
    • Select an opaque object, because transparent objects will appear different depending on the lighting situation.

    Requirements and Assessment

    • Students will be evaluated on the quality of your images and the closeness to the color match.
    • All images must be captured in RAW format.
    • Include a contact sheet using Bridge of everything you photographed for this project with the one you printed highlighted.
    • 8.5in x 11in; 5 images across, 6 rows down
    • Include file names
    • 1 digital file – PSD or TIFF
    • Layered with your edits
    • Named according to specified file conventions (i.e., Lastname_Firstname_assignment_01.psd)
    • 1 inkjet print you made in our digital lab
    • Technical success of the images and Camera Raw retouching
    • Photographed on manual mode
    • The subject is sharp and in focus
    • Proper exposure
    • Appropriate depth of field, shutter speed
    • ISO between 100-400
    • Correct white balance

    This page titled 2.8: Color Matching Exercise is shared under a CC BY 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Jessica Labatte and Larissa Garcia (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI)) .

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