Calibrated monitor and what others see

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  1. kcp

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    Ok, so I did a search on this, but I can't find the answer.

    I calibrate my monitor with the Spyder 2 every 2-3 weeks. My client's photos look GREAT on my monitor, but when I upload them to the proof viewer they look washed out on everyone else's monitor. Since 99% of the world takes their monitor out of the box and starts using it....this is what 99% of the world sees.

    If I have one more customer call me and tell me that the photos look really washed out, I'm going to close my business. I've had it.

    The prints from Bay Photo come back looking great--but if they don't look good on the screen, then customers won't order--thus, never seeing how great the prints look.

    Maybe I should just forget the calibration and edit my photos on a non-calibrated monitor. (just kidding)

    What am I doing wrong? Someone please help.
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    well if the calibration (which is primarily for printing purposes) is not giving you good web results just eyeball from a print and give the photos a small boost so as they do look like they are printed on a non-calibrated screen.
     
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    I thought about that, but it seems like now I'd have to do two sets of proofs....one for the web and one for the printer. What a pain. I suppose that if I have to do that, I'll just have to do that. :grumpy:

    I really appreciate you taking the time to answer. I'm so frustrated about this.
     
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    Tell them the truth like you just said it here. There monitor is not color calibrated, and yours is.
     
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    but that is not helping - the customer needs to be able to see the photos as they will look when printed. If not then how can they judge the quality of the final product that they are ordering?

    It might be a pain to have 2 sets of proofs, but I think its the best way - your customers are not going to calibrate their moniters so you need to calibrate your photos ;)
     
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    What colour space are you using? if it's not sRGB then it will look bad on the net as it generally doesn't support any other colour space - printers on the other hand can probably interpret and use it without a problem.
     
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    That may the problem....:hail:
     
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    Ok....maybe not. Just looked and it IS sRGB.

    Am I looking in the right place? Edit>color settings>working spaces (I'm using CS3)
     
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    I have actually been doing that....but I still think it hurts me in the long run. I look at other photographer websites and they don't seem to have this problem....or maybe they do and they are just doing 2 sets of proofs.

    Argh. :wink:
     
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    can we have a look at one of these photos?
    I am sure there are some/many here who have not calibrated yet ;)
     
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    Sorry for the delay....had to step away for a few moments. So how bad are they?

    1. This is me.....



    2. The senior portrait that the mother told me looked like her daughter had gray hair.
     
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