Calibrating a Monitor (Does this work?)

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  1. Richard

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    Right now I don't have the money to calibrate my monitor the correct way. So what is your opinion about printing a photo and matching it to your screen? I am guessing as long as my photo matches what I see on the screen that is all that matters right?
     
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    What is regularly? Once a year you think or is it really more often than that.
     
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    Once a month is more realistic...some do it more often, I'm sure.

    Doing it by eye is, I guess, better than nothing but far from ideal.

    I was pretty sceptical about spending $100 for calibration...but when I finally got it...WOW.
     
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    Wow! I would have never thought on a monthly basis, but that explains why it would be a good investment.
     
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    Calibrating your printer and monitor to work together will work only and until you post pictures for other people to see.

    A web browser understands how to reproduce an image only by reference to a standard. If your monitor isn't calibrated to that standard then other people won't see the same image you are seeing.
     
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    Mine is set to monthly, but if I always do it just before editing pics from a paid gig regardless of when I did it last. It does make a visible difference.
     
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    I calibrate mine on a weekly basis, although monthly would be just fine for most people, I can see a difference on certain images if I wait every month using test files...maybe its my monitor lol.

    I bought the Pantone Eye-One display LT, It does a very good job and I can match prints very very close when using a calibrated print profile from my printer.

    The newest updates will let it use the included cap to take an ambient lighting reading, measuring Lux (brightness) and Kelvin temp. (color of the ambient lights) This will give you ideal lighting so it wont wash out the colors on the screen and or give you a color cast from your lights.

    The best part is they can be had for around $125 dollars. I also have heard good things about the spyder lite which is a few bucks cheaper and wont do an ambient light reading.

    In the mean time (or if you decide that the above isn't an option) I would use the adobe gamma software if you have photoshop, it's better than nothing.
     
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    I actually just got my Spyder2 Express in the mail today. I had to find some x64 drivers to get it to work but hopefully in the next couple minutes I'll be able to see the different first hand.
     
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    I'm really curious to if anyone knows why your monitor has to be calibrated so frequent, I guess I always thought it would be a "set it and forget it" type of thing. Is it temperature?
     
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    I believe it has something to do with the wear that occurs with your monitor. As it gets older the colors aren't going to display the same as they did they your monitor came out of the box on day 1.
     
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    Finally got my monitor calibrated. The biggest difference I noticed was during the temperature change.

    I actually did it twice and the first time I think I had my settings wrong because it made the tint of my monitor really blue. Second time around seems to have returned more favorable results.
     

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