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Monitor Calibration

I have decided to start a series of posts on this blog with answers to general questions about photography that I get from friends, from clients, from other photographers, etc.

And since I had a question about this just yesterday, I decided to begin by talking about monitor calibration.

I know! I know! It sounds boring. And if you really just want to see some photos, feel free to scroll down to the next post and check out the adorable children who have been gracing my computer screen lately. However, monitor calibration is an important part of working with digital files, and if you stay on and read, you may just learn something that will change the vibrancy and accuracy of your photos!

This topic comes in two posts. First I will talk to people who are interested in photography; then I will talk to my clients specifically.

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To those photo enthusiasts out there, have you ever ordered prints from your digital files, only to find that the color (or lightness/darkness) of the prints was different than what you saw on your computer screen? Or, have you ever seen your photos on someone else’s monitor and realized that the colors look slightly different?

The problem has to do with how your monitor is calibrated! Basically, your computer monitor has a built-in color scheme through which you are viewing websites and photos, etc. The problem is, most monitors’ schemes do not match those of your camera, of your photo processing lab, or of other computers. While the difference is often minimal, it could really effect how your photos appear when printed. So, it is important to calibrate your monitor and other devices to match your printing lab!

The calibration device that most professional photo labs recommends is the Eye One, and they recommended that you calibrate your monitor monthly to make sure that the color scheme is accurate.

I must admit, when I first heard that I needed to put down the money for something like this, I was very resistant. However, the difference in the quality of my printed photos has increased dramatically! They now print bright and vibrant where they used to sometimes be flat!

So, if you are developing an interest in photography and want your prints to POP, this a device worth investing in!

Now… on to the next post: thoughts for my clients!


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