monitor calibration

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by MACollum, May 23, 2008.

  1. MACollum

    MACollum TPF Noob!

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    So I finally sucked it up and got the Color Vision Spyder Express software for calibrating my monitor. OMG, what a difference it makes. Both my laptop and desktop monitors were evidently displaying cooler than they should. Also, my pictures are sharper! I think the colors were blending in a way that was muddying my pictures. Needless to say, I will not be going uncalibrated ever again.

    The best part is that most of my pictures, despite being PP on a monitor that was so jacked up, just look way better. I had been wondering why my pictures seemed to be underexposed all the time, even though the histogram showed they were ok.

    BTW, I ordered the software from Amazon.com on Tuesday. I got an email in just a couple of hours telling me it shipped. It was supposed to be delivered Monday but I got it yesterday (just 2 days after it shipped).

    If you haven't calibrated your monitor yet, do it!!! I paid less than $70 for the software + shipping. I can finally post some pictures without worrying that they are unintentionally messed up by a bad profile. I gotta get out and shoot today!!
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good on ya.
     
  3. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Indeed. Don't forget if you have a CRT calibrate weekly and also make sure both your monitor and your calibrator are warmed up before using it.
     
  4. MACollum

    MACollum TPF Noob!

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    Thanks Garbz. I have an LCD (my CRT crapped out after 8 years). I had to go back and reedit my Easter pictures because the colors were all messed up.
     
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    This will be one of my next purchases. that and a remote trigger!
     
  6. MACollum

    MACollum TPF Noob!

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    You can get them both for under $100. ;)
     

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