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Naomi Weiser
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Difference Between Computer Monitors


I have noticed that when I look at my digital pictures on my computer screen they look great. But when I look at the same pictures on other screens/computers they don't look as good - the coloring is sometimes different. I know my equipment is not the latest and greatest, but short of buying a new screen, any suggestions as how to avoid this?

4/17/2007 3:17:10 AM

 
John Rhodes
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member since: 2/24/2005
  Naomi,
Trying to view your images on other monitors can be very frustrating since you have no control over someone else's equipment. What you can, and should, do is to make sure your monitor is correctly calibrated. There are several good hardware/software programs available to help you keep your monitor in calibration: I use Colorvision's Spyder 2. Do a google search on monitor calibration or search the Q&A here on BP for the same term for more info.
John

4/17/2007 6:04:23 AM

 
Naomi Weiser
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  Wow, thanks so much, a quick search shows me that I am not alone in my problem and there are solutions. I was just not searching for the right thing. Gotta love BP - every day I learn that there is always new things to learn :)

4/17/2007 10:51:44 AM

 
Michael A. Bielat
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member since: 2/23/2007
  I learned the hard way and did all my photo editing on a "non-calibrated" monitor. I wanted the "cheap" way out and never found the funds to get a Spyder or Huey. I ended up getting one and am now slowly but surely re-editing ALL (yes, all) of my "keepers" to make them even better. Then I got to take them to the lab, again, and re-print them for my portfolio.

4/17/2007 12:12:49 PM

 
Gorham P. Miscall

member since: 1/13/2007
  Even with a calibrated monior you may still get some surprises/disappointment from your lab's printer. See if you can get the ICC Color Profile from your lab, and use that profile on your monitor. If you can't do that, tell the lab technician what ICC Color Profile you are using on your monitor, and perhaps they can match it on their printer before they reprint your images.
Gorham

4/25/2007 2:33:31 AM

 
John Rhodes
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  Naomi, Gorham's advice is good. The first thing I did after getting my calibration program was to contact my online print service and asked them for the exact parameters I needed to set my images to before uploading. I don't get any surprises when my prints arrive now--not so before calibration.

John

4/25/2007 6:48:33 AM

 
Naomi Weiser
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  Thanks Guys, this is so helpful :)

4/25/2007 10:43:37 PM

 
Celeste McWilliams

member since: 7/20/2004
  Is the Spyder2 software airly user-friendly, and will it work on a laptop?

11/19/2007 5:34:03 PM

 
Richard Lynch
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  Calibrating is the START of the process of communicating color between your monitor and printer or other devices -- and other computers. You really want to establish a full color workflow, starting with your camera.

* See the color right on screen
* Set up color management and choose a means of profiling
* Make corrections and repairs to optimize your images
* Test your process, adjust if necessary, and implement for all your photography

I cover all this in my From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Color Workflow. I also recommend the Spyder Pro as I use it with great results, and it is an inexpensive and great way to calibrate.

It works with a laptop! You don't have to do much when using it but follow the instructions on screen.

Richard Lynch

11/20/2007 4:22:47 AM

 

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