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Charley Andrisano

PC monitor for photography

Dear friends at Better
As a very serious photographer, having been involved since the late 1960's, I want to achieve the best possible results from my photograpy when I'm ready to view my photos on my monitor. With that in mind, would say a contrast ratio of 1000:1 give me better results than a 500:1 monitor? I'm using an 5 yr. old Triniton CRT monitor now, which in itself is not bad for results. There are so many advances now in LCD's that I feel this may be the right choice.

Again, I'm looking for a bit of perfection here, because I feel my photography has many merits. I won't mind spending up to $ 500.00, kinowing I would get good results. 19" is the size I'm interested in. Hope you can help.
I have a Dell Dmension 3000 Series set-up. 2.8 GHz, with 1MB Cache.

Charley Andrisano

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5/7/2007 2:26:31 PM

Robert E. Gaughan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Hello Charley.

I too feel my work is woth a good monitor. I just purchaced a SAMSUNG SyncMaster 906wb. It was only 230.00 USD and is a very nice monitor. Here is the link to the page

It is plenty of space for Photo Shop CS2 and even more space with the new Photo Shop CS3 ( it has a smaller tool bar )

I use my Wacom 6x4 Intuis 3 tablet with it.. very precise. I dont have a calibrater but but prints match my screen very closly. I hope this heled you..

Have a great day.. and good luck.


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5/7/2007 5:33:41 PM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  Serious photographers don't use their monitors as the representative of a great images. All monitors crap out at 72 ppi, so the work one does to edit an image in Photoshop can be visually lost.

One of the less obvious facts about photo-editing is that printing can, by its very nature, be an iterative process. That is, the first print is not necessarily the final print form.

Serious photographers, especially old timers that remember what it was like to use a wet darkroom, will also recall that it was usually necessary to make more than one print to achieve desired results. Today's practitioners have the convenience of their computers but, really, shouldn't rely on their monitors as the be-all, end-all.

I'm glad Robert is able to get prints that closely match his screen rendition. Robert, if you use Adobe Gamma with your LCD monitor, you just might get a rude awakening. Get yourself a Huey!

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5/8/2007 5:45:04 AM

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