- Martin Euredjian of eCinema Systems was a colourist and telecine engineer before he started making reference-grade LCD monitors – Root6 sold them for a while (around a decade ago) and Martin was very generous in his product training. He opened my eyes to the problems of metameristic failure between different display technologies.
- Martin Parsons of Image Eyes who used to be the head of colour at MPC; like me he’s now a colour-gun-for-hire but I always enjoy getting his take on things and since he ‘s done an awful lot of calibration he knows when it’s appropriate to maybe go slightly off standard to match two displays and keep the colourist happy.
- Steve Shaw is the proprietor of LightIllusion where I have bought probes, LUT boxes and of course LightSpaceCMS which really is the best calibration package out there. In terms of speed and accuracy nothing comes close. Steve is very gracious with his knowledge and runs a good forum on his website as well as being a prolific presence on Lift, Gamma, Gain.
I recently was recommended Michael S. Toon’s book Colour Reproduction in Electronic Imaging Systems: Photography, Television, Cinematography. I picked this up at Amazon to read on the iPad Kindle app and like most academic volumes it comes in around sixty quid.
So – as mentioned, my background is the CIE1931 chromaticity chart and how that then relates to Rec.601, 709, the DCI-P3 colour space and Rec.2020 (the proposed colour space for UHD TV which is as yet no available on any current-model monitor).
Any practical skills I have with colour come from;
- Calibrating and matching TV cameras (“racking” or “shading” in the USA) for studio shoots.
- Calibrating and matching TV monitors – firstly in tape edit suites (it was always common practise to have two grade-1 monitors; the record monitor and the preview monitor).
So I think I have a good eye for quickly spotting how two displays differ – I can match two monitors or cameras pretty quickly but like most people I don’t have perfect colour memory (and don’t let any colourists tell you that they do!).
one of the worksheets that are available for download with all the empirical data used in the book tabulated and plotted