Accessory Review: Datacolor SpyderCube|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, June 5, 2009 - 19:18 EDT)
Datacolor has developed a lightweight doohickey to make tonal and color adjustments almost as simple as painting by the numbers. Take a shot with the SpyderCube in it and you can adjust your image to eliminate even extreme color casts and optimize contrast in your image editor.
The SpyderCube's trick, which goes beyond a simply gray card, is to provide references in any image for absolute black, spectral highlights and everything in between. That's a big help when you edit your image, whether you're at the controls of a Raw image editor or just trying to tweak a JPEG.
In the review, we explain how to shoot with the SpyderCube and then walk you through a Raw image edit. We shot a scene with sparkling glass in diffused sunlight backlit with flash and used the SpyderCube to guide the four-step editing process. But we made it even more amusing by shooting with the wrong color balance to start with.
Read our review for the all the details.