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Mary L. Lemley

LCD screen makes photos too bright.

Have a new 22 inch LCD screen....It makes edited photos brighter after uploading to BP. Why??? CRT looked and worked much better. How can it look so much better in image editing program than on Bp,????

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12/9/2010 5:07:51 PM

Lynn R. Powers   I'm not sure if this will help in the situation you gave. I found out that I needed to darken my screen a little to match my printer. If this works for downloading to BP also good but, if not you at least gave it a shot. Try single photo download so you don't have to redo a bunch.

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12/9/2010 6:32:47 PM

Mary L. Lemley   Thank you, Lynn, I will try that!!!

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12/9/2010 7:16:51 PM

doug Nelson   Read David Brooks' advice column in back issues of Shutterbug. He has gotten some variation of this question ten or so times in the last 18 months.

This is what the fuss is about with monitors that can be calibrated to known brightness and color accuracy standards. I just got the NEC P221W with its own calibration device. It ain't cheap, but it's a good one.

The Chinese flat screens that come with computers are mostly junk, but then my NEC was also made in China. MAYBE yours can be adjusted at least for brightness, I hope so.

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12/13/2010 1:05:32 PM

Mary L. Lemley   Thank you Doug....I new when I bought the screen I was doing the wrong thing, in the back of my mind. I had forgotten about all the things I had read about 3 yrs. ago, on image editing monitors, I just never have seen an image look just like I want it, UNTIL it gets into My crt never disappointed!!! May buy another...Still have my old one but it has been sitting in garage in the cold!!! Do you think it would still work....Or would be dangerous to try on the new Desktop I have???Thank you.
Mary LL.

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12/13/2010 3:38:49 PM

doug Nelson   I tried CRT's again after my Sony Trinitron-based one died, but the one I had was a Chinese cheapie CRT that could not be adjusted for brightness at all. If you got better results from your CRT, try it again, but remember that CRT's age as well. Work an image and post it to BP and see how it looks.

The NEC P221W for $600 comes with its own calibration device and software. At least one Dell and an HP go for $500, but you have to lay out another $150 for a calibration thingee.

Believe me, I'm cheap, but I was so frustrated with bad monitors that I decided to go for the better monitor. If you shoot to sell, a calibrated monitor is essential. Write it off as a business expense.

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12/13/2010 4:41:24 PM

Mary L. Lemley   Yes mine can be adjusted for about everything, but You're right about the monitors. I dont even like the LCD TV's, but the Panasonic Plasma's are unbelievable!!! Anyway I sure thank you for your answering....I remember looking at the Nec online couple yrs. ago, but had forgotten all about it!!!! My crt is a Dell, but I'm thinking the cold probably killed it!!!!!!!! Have a good Holiday!!!!

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12/14/2010 6:13:24 PM

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