Staud Studios

STAUD STUDIOS is a leader in international automobile photography. Its large studio in Leonberg, Germany, offers plenty of space for media productions and a large selection of cutting-edge equipment for studio and location photography. Many renowned automobile manufacturers feature on its distinguished roster of clients, including Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Maserati.

Image and color accuracy – STAUD STUDIOS relies on EIZO monitors

René Staud founded STAUD STUDIOS and is the visionary behind it all. He has photographed all of the major automobile brands on every continent, and many of today’s well-known photographers trained with him. His commitment to providing top-quality images means that he requires top-quality equipment. This doesn’t stop at the best cameras and the best computers; he also needs the best screens. After all, the final image appears on the screen first. That’s why René Staud has complete faith in the EIZO brand. “We work for the top brands in the automobile industry and only deliver top results. We only use the best equipment and for us, that includes monitors from EIZO,” says René Staud, CEO and photographer. “Picasso didn’t paint using any old paintbrush from the DIY store,” adds Alexander Erwen, CG Artist at STAUD STUDIOS.

STAUD STUDIOS has already been using a wide variety of models from the EIZO FlexScan and ColorEdge series in photography, CGI, filming and post production for more than a decade. When it comes to color accuracy and color management in the workflow, EIZO ColorEdge monitors impress with a precise, completely color-accurate display. “Color management is particularly important in retouching, as we often take care of printing as well. Standardized color profiles and calibrated monitors are absolutely essential for delivering results as close to 100 per cent as possible. At the end of the day, our customers want quality assurance from creation right through to print production, and that only comes with reference monitors like those from EIZO,” explains René Staud.

ColorEdge monitors such as the CG246 are fitted with an integrated measurement device in order to achieve maximum color accuracy. Using EIZO ColorNavigator software automatically ensures precise calibration, profiling and validation. The CG246 is currently being used in the film department at STAUD STUDIOS. The monitor is regularly calibrated once a week using the self-calibration feature.

 

When asked how STAUD STUDIOS benefits from using color-accurate, adjustable EIZO monitors, Sebastian Trescher, Senior Photoshop Artist at STAUD STUDIOS says: “It’s possible to check printed material that is in progress directly on the screen thanks to the soft proof quality, and the color accuracy of the EIZO monitors means that we get a better end result when several composers are retouching one project. It’s also possible to view the screen from the side thanks to the high viewing angle stability of the device.”

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Gilles Peress

Working at 4K produces sharper images and a faster, more cost-efficient workflow for Gilles Peress and his studio.

«We are in a tension between the speed of history – which happens very, very fast – and progress, which happens very, very slowly.»

Gilles Peress started using photography to create museum installations and books in 1971, having previously studied political science and philosophy in Paris. His ongoing project, Hate Thy Brother, looks at similitude and difference and its consequences in ethnic conflicts. Peress’ books include Telex Iran; The Silence: Rwanda; Farewell to Bosnia; The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar; A Village Destroyed; and Haines. Peress’ work has been exhibited and is collected by institutions including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the V&A in London; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Museum Folkwang, Essen; among others.

Awards and fellowships Peress has received include: The Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, Pollock-Krasner and New York State Council of the Arts fellowships, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the International Center of Photography Infinity Award.

Could you tell us about your studio environment?

Peress: We have a close working staff in our studio, comprised of a studio manager, a digital production manager, darkroom printer and studio assistants. Our studio is well equipped for both analog and digital production. Since all production is done in house, it is necessary for us to stay on top of what is the best equipment. Our primary workstation uses the newest Mac Pro with our EIZO CG246. We print on the Epson Stylus Pro 9900, using ImagePrint and profiles made for us at ImagePrint, and proof using Solux lights and a calibrated Soft-View D50 viewing station. We scan on both the Imacon X5 and Creo-Scitex Eversmart Supreme Pro II scanners as well as use digital files from Leaf Credo backs.

 

We understand you have been using ColorEdge monitors for several years. Why did you originally decide to install them?

Peress: We strive for fluidity and efficiency in our workflows. We started using color-managed workflows in the mid-90s with Radius Monitors and made the switch to ColorEdge. We’ve been using EIZO ColorEdge monitors for many years because they simply give us the best results when it comes to matching screen-to-print.

What projects are you using the ColorEdge CG248-4K for?

Eckmeier: We work on multiple projects at the same time including books and exhibitions. The two projects we are currently working on are the Balkans and Israel. The Israel project involves digital files and scans from 35 mm and 120 film. We make high-resolution, oil-mounted scans on the Creo-Scitex Eversmart Supreme Pro II. We use the CG248-4K monitor to ensure definition and sharpness in the film scans. The CG248-4K monitor is especially helpful in this regard with its high resolution and monitor zoom function.

Peress: The clearer the files can be read, the easier it is to make an edit. Both the Israel and Balkans projects involve hundreds of images and require a great deal of editing.

How do you find using a 4K monitor compared to a monitor with a lower resolution?

Eckmeier: For our most recent project, we had used the CG246 monitor which has a resolution of 1920×1200 for our scan-to-print workflow. Select images from this project were used for a touring exhibition. We took 6×8 scans from the Eversmart Supreme Pro II, pushed them through an extensive workflow, and printed them at 42×55 in. Sharpness was one of our biggest concerns at such an enlarged print size and required great effort to ensure that both image content and grain were sharp enough at size. At the time, we were satisfied with the results we had, but now using the CG248-4K monitor, we can see the sharpness much more clearly and quickly.

 

What are your impressions of the CG248-4K?

Peress: Our process has been greatly benefited from the previous versions of EIZO monitors in verifying color on screen and color on print. That said, the new generation has simplified our workflow one step further. Before, we had to use extensive proofing to confirm the high density of the print dots. The 4K monitor with its level of resolution and color depth, substantially cuts down the proofing. The CG248-4K screen is enough to judge the file in depth: resolution, sharpening, transitional tones and so on. We are going to cut our work time and cost substantially. We are now really in a situation where what you see is what you get.

 

What are your impressions of the ColorNavigator calibration software?

Eckmeier: Calibration through the ColorNavigator software is very fluid. The built-in calibration sensor in the monitor makes the process even easier. The self-calibration setting has always been an essential addition to keeping our monitors as accurate and efficient as possible. Overall, the ColorNavigator software is straightforward and user friendly.

 

Does the ColorEdge CG248-4K help make your workflow better?

Peress: Absolutely. Time and accuracy are two very important qualities for any production and using the CG248-4K monitor in conjunction with our faster machines and printer, we’ve reached a new level of efficiency in our production workflows. Photography has to be transparent. What you see is what you get.

 

What features you would like to see in a future model?

Peress: We would benefit from a larger monitor, from 24″ to 27″.

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Mackevision Medien Design GmbH

Mackevision Medien Design GmbH is one the global market leaders in computer generated imagery (CGI). CGI is an umbrella term for fields such as data-supported 3D visualization, animation, and visual effects. Mackevision designs and produces high-end interactive applications, visual and video material, develops imaging solutions, and provides support for the entire CGI process, from data preparation, to creative conception, all the way through to the final product. Founded in 1994, Mackevision boasts an international team and works with large corporations as well as mid-size companies and agencies. Today, the company totals over 400 employees working at its Stuttgart, Germany headquarters as well as its sites in Munich, Hamburg, London, Florence, Paris, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, and Singapore.

Ensuring Maximum Precision Throughout the Entire Workflow

Mackevision’s drive to meet the highest industry standards has led to success. Over the last few decades, the company has won numerous awards and earned a strong global reputation in the field of digital image production. Mackevision offers a broad range of visual services, which include supplying entirely computer-generated imagery, integrating digitally produced content into real footage, and further processing video and photo material. The company relies upon high-performance, premium quality computer systems and professional monitors throughout the entire work process in order to meet the exacting requirements involved in providing these services.

Having pursued his studies in business administration, Radomir Jakubowski now organizes workshops and photography tours, allowing photographers who are interested in nature and wildlife to share in his trove of experiences. He published a book entitled ‘Die Fotoschule in Bildern’ (The Photography School in Pictures) in 2013, which he co-authored with Sandra Bartocha and Werner Bollmann.

As cofounder of the GDT youth group (‘Gesellschaft deutscher Tierfotografen,’ or Society of German Wildlife Photographers), he is not solely tracking down rare and spectacular scenes; he often finds enjoyment just in the shapes, contours, and colors of nature. “Proximity to nature is very important to me, just as it is to enjoy every moment of it. I think my pictures reflect this mission, as they are not the result of compositions created on a computer. My pictures are what they are, pictures of nature and wildlife – I don’t add anything to them or subtract anything from them,” he explains. His work covers a broad range, from wildlife and landscape photography right down to the macro shots. He often travels to the mountainous regions of northern and central Europe.

For Mackevision, the Key to Color Reproduction Lies in the Small Details

Mackevision has been relying upon the high-performance EIZO monitors for over ten years, using these devices for image production in all color-critical applications. The company has developed a workflow for single frames and moving images that involves multiple data sources and a variety of different output media. As such, this workflow requires expert, multifaceted color management. It is crucial to maintain color standards and to have perfectly calibrated monitors during the entire image creation process. «Our pipeline allows us to deliver a large volume of media containing material that we’ve created. Because of this, we work with a number of artists simultaneously on any one given project. Sometimes these artists are located on several different continents. Within this workflow arrangement, minor discrepancies in color reproduction have major consequences,» explains Mr. Schempp

Automatic Self-calibration Increases Productivity

The only way that Mackevision can ensure constant, color-accurate video output across the board is by using EIZO ColorEdge CG247 monitors. These monitors feature integrated measurement devices with reliable self-calibration. «These monitors let us save a great deal of time, which is a benefit that shouldn’t be dismissed offhand. Our artists no longer need to spend time adjusting their monitors themselves,» notes Mr. Schempp, who values the cost-efficiency of these EIZO devices.

Mackevision juggles a large volume of projects, carried out at the many individual work stations at the company’s various sites. As a result, various different color and monitor profiles come into play. «We’re capable of switching between various projects at a single work station without wasting any time. We don’t have to recalibrate the monitors at our post-production stations each time we begin a new project,» explains Lead Photoshop Artist Stephan Poettgen. «And since the monitors can calibrate themselves, they automatically prevent errors in color reproduction. Us artists basically don’t need to do anything in terms of color management, so we can focus entirely on our work,» he adds.

«We’ve been offering innovative, premium quality, and reliable data-based visualization solutions for 20 years now. In order to be able to do so, we emphasize professionalism and insist on meeting the highest standards – this also applies to our partners,» says Mr. Schempp.
The graphic monitors in the ColorEdge CG series are truly unique, thanks to a combination of high-end monitor technology, fully developed ColorNavigator software, and integrated sensors to increase productivity. It’s no wonder that Mackevision, with its 200+ EIZO CG monitors, will continue to choose EIZO in the future.

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Radomir Jakubowski

Radomir Jakubowski is one of Germany’s most successful nature and wildlife photographers. Through various contests, he has received countless awards for his photographs.

Born in 1987, he was first introduced to photography when he was 11 years old. His father explained to him the basics of photography using an old Pentax camera. “To be honest, I was always afraid of spending as much time on one picture as my father did,” he reveals with a sheepish grin. “I now need much, much longer for a shot.” But it all really started with his first digital point-and-shoot camera: “I was 15 and could finally take as many pictures as I wanted and not pay through the nose for developing them. I focused on nature and wildlife rather quickly and was especially interested in small details. My interest transformed into a fascination, which in turn became a passion of mine.”

Having pursued his studies in business administration, Radomir Jakubowski now organizes workshops and photography tours, allowing photographers who are interested in nature and wildlife to share in his trove of experiences. He published a book entitled ‘Die Fotoschule in Bildern’ (The Photography School in Pictures) in 2013, which he co-authored with Sandra Bartocha and Werner Bollmann.

As cofounder of the GDT youth group (‘Gesellschaft deutscher Tierfotografen,’ or Society of German Wildlife Photographers), he is not solely tracking down rare and spectacular scenes; he often finds enjoyment just in the shapes, contours, and colors of nature. “Proximity to nature is very important to me, just as it is to enjoy every moment of it. I think my pictures reflect this mission, as they are not the result of compositions created on a computer. My pictures are what they are, pictures of nature and wildlife – I don’t add anything to them or subtract anything from them,” he explains. His work covers a broad range, from wildlife and landscape photography right down to the macro shots. He often travels to the mountainous regions of northern and central Europe.

Mr. Jakubowski needs the technology to work perfectly for his pictures to be successful. It is no wonder that the photographer places great emphasis on the quality of his photography equipment, which is why he currently uses two ColorEdge CG248-4K monitors. “I have been using graphics monitors with hardware calibration for some time now. But 4K displays are a cut above the rest. The detail is magnificent. I’m blown away by the quality,” raptures the full-fledged GDT member. It is also no wonder. With a resolution of 185 ppi, both of his 24-inch monitors provide an amazingly sharp picture that includes even the smallest of details. Mr. Jakubowski considers the built-in calibration sensor of the ColorEdge CG series to be a great advantage: “I always hated fumbling around with an external colorimeter and as a result often neglected this process. That no longer happens to me now. I can just configure my monitors to calibrate themselves in set intervals. One of the great things about the software is that you can create different profiles and change them very easily. Simply right-clicking the ColorNavigator icon in the task bar gives you the option to decide which color profile is enabled on which monitor. This is a really cool feature.” Radomir Jakubowski has been the EIZO ColorEdge ambassador since 2015 and his expertise is contributing to the further development of EIZO graphics monitors.

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Marsel van Oosten – EIZO Ambassador

«I am a professional nature photographer from The Netherlands. Together with my wife Daniella we run Squiver, a company that organises specialised wildlife and landscape photography tours for small groups of all experience levels to spectacular locations worldwide.»

«When you spend so much time getting everything perfect, you have to go all the way. Image processing is one of the most important steps in my photography, as that is where you have most control over the creative possibilities.»

Marsel van Oosten is a professional nature photographer from The Netherlands. His images are most known for his graphic approach to composition. In his work he tries to simplify, to get rid of the extraneous: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

His images are featured in galleries and museums, and are used worldwide in advertising, design, and magazines such as National Geographic.

In addition to winning the overall title International Nature Photographer of the Year two times in a row, as well as the overall title Travel Photographer of the Year, his awards include First Prizes in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, the Travel Photographer of the Year awards, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a professional nature photographer from The Netherlands. Together with my wife Daniella we run Squiver, a company that organises specialised wildlife and landscape photography tours for small groups of all experience levels to spectacular locations worldwide. My images are most known for my graphic approach to composition. In my work I try to simplify, to get rid of the extrane-ous: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

My first career was in advertising, where I worked as an art director for 15 years. Photography started as a hobby and a way to escape from life in the fast lane. The hobby eventually got totally out of control, to the point where I decid-ed to turn my hobby into a full time job. I like to create, to be surrounded by nature, and to travel – in this job I can combine all that.

What is important in your work?

The most important thing for me is to have fun. Life is too short to do things that don’t make you happy. So for my photography I always choose subjects and locations that inspire me, and that fit my photographic style. As a so-called aestheticist, I focus on beauty in my art more than anything else, and I have a very clear view on what I like and what I don’t. More often than not, the overall look or setting is more important to me than the actual subject. Hopefully, my work will not only entertain a lot of people, but also create a sense of aware-ness about the natural world and that it’s important to protect is.

Is it true that you’re a perfectionist?

Very much so, yes. As a nature photographer you have very little control over your subjects and the conditions, so I try to control as many of the remaining factors. The difference between a good photograph and a great photograph is often in the details. Whether it’s the way I prepare for a project, how I photo-graph, or how I process my images – excellence is in the details.

How does EIZO fit in there?

When you spend so much time getting everything perfect, you have to go all the way. Image processing is one of the most important steps in my photography, as that is where you have most control over the creative possibilities. When I’m processing, I want to be 100% certain that I’m looking at the closest possible representation of my original raw file, so I work on the best monitors money can buy – those from EIZO. Not only do I need to see at least 99% AdobeRGB, I need to be able to rely on consistent results. Calibration and colour manage-ment can be a pain with most monitors, but with EIZO’s self calibration it’s a piece of cake and the results are accurate.

Why did you choose the CG247X?

My first EIZO monitor was a CG245W. I’ve been using it since 2011, and it’s still going strong. Recently, we’ve opened a new office in South Africa, so I needed a monitor there as well. The current trend is that monitors are getting bigger and bigger, but I’ve never felt the need for one. Actually, I much prefer to work on these ‘smaller’ monitors.

The vast majority of my images end up online, so a lot of the processing I do is on images between 800-1600 pixels. If you open an 800 pixel image on a 4K monitor, you’re basically looking at a stamp. It’s impossible to see what you’re doing, so you have no control over the end result. The native resolution of the CG247X is only 1920×1200, but exactly the right size for that kind of work. A 1600 pixel image will almost fill the screen, so I can very precisely retouch and sharpen it at 100%. At the same time, the screen is big enough to see both my image and all the tools I need, so no cramped workspace.

The thing I love most about this line of monitors, is the built-in calibration de-vice. I’ve used different external calibration devices on other monitors before, and without exception it has been a time consuming and irritating process with disappointing results, even varying results. With my EIZO monitors it’s a matter of a few clicks, wait a couple of minutes, and you’re done.