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Michele King

Calibrating Camera, Monitor and Lab

My Canon 5D is set at 5200K, but my lab told me to calibrate my monitor as daylight set at 5500K and my monitor calibration software only offers the choices of 5000K or 6500K as choices. Should I try to set all of my WB to the same number and where do I start? Also any suggestions on monitor calibration software? I use Spyder 2 Suite currently.

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2/18/2008 9:22:16 AM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
I'd go by the recommendations of the monitor manufacturer over the recommendations of the lab. I am not sure that their recommendations are correct. Is white balance on your camera always set to 5200?
Where you really need to start is with a broader understanding of what all these settings do and why they are important. If there were one right setting, everyone would have the same ones and there would be no choices.
Back up and start with monitor calibration using the tools you already have. Be sure to read the monitor's manual as well. I teach a whole course on color management - (From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Color Workflow) - so it isn't likely I would be able to answer all of your questions here satisfactorily, but calibration is a great place to start!

Richard Lynch

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2/18/2008 2:19:41 PM

Michele King   Thanks Richard, I will look intoyour class and do what you recommend. I just purchased my 5D and 5200 is what it was set to and it is changeable. I will do more reading!

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2/18/2008 5:15:44 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2006
  Dear each one, I want to know about my nikon D200 self 3872x2592 Pixel/300dpi can up to 20x40 or more inches. if will work or make 20x40 print will not good photo? but I m cruise Can will set up make 20x40 or more inches with 300 dpi use Photoshop will stay same quality photo as not drop?

and question about a print is self what DPI?

Thank you, DERIK

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10/18/2009 12:56:54 PM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  whenever you make a photo larger by adding pixels, you are adding image information that wasn't there before. It is interpolated, and is a digital 'guess'. At some point, the image will start to get softer. Optimal printing and use of image information depends on the printer and output method as well as the media (e.g., type of paper) It is not possible to say that a specific pixel dimension will always yield good results at any particular size without knowing more.

Richard Lynch

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10/18/2009 1:32:33 PM

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