Editing on a calibrated monitor

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  1. Jesse17

    Jesse17 TPF Noob!

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    What good does a color calibrated monitor do if no one else has one?

    I shared a sunrise photo where the foreground was nearly black on my calibrated screen. I even increased the exposure at one point to see if it would look better if you could see the foreground. I posted the original photo with the black foreground and got a comment that they would prefer the foreground to be black... So I viewed it on my laptop monitor instead of my calibrated screen, and the foreground looks more like the version where I increased the exposure, where you can see the foreground.

    Am I limited to only having other photographers with calibrated screens, liking my pictures? Why did I spend all this money on a decent monitor if pictures only look good on other calibrated monitors?


     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    Don't get too concerned with those who don't calibrate their monitors. There's nothing you can do about them.

    You calibrate your monitor so you have better control over how your images are displayed there, as well as how they are printed.
     
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    this^^
     
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    Your lament would be more meaningful if all the non-calibrated monitors out there in the hands of the unwashed masses were all non-calibrated the same. Then you could adjust your photos for them if you wanted. But that's not the case. They're not all non-calibrated the same, they're all over the place.

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    Yeah, I guess that's really the issue isn't it? Just quite frustrating to put your work out there and have half the people think it looks like crap because they're not seeing it correctly.

    Maybe I'll just post a message "This is a really good picture of a sunset, in order to control the perceived quality, I don't post pictures. Please PM your address and I'll mail you a print to view." Then hope it doesn't get shared a lot, because that could get expensive. LOL!
     
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    Like Sparky said -- nothing you can do about them. So get your monitor calibrated and keep it that way. You win in the long run.

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    And as for everyone else, oh well.... they lose.
     
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    Or educate those people about calibrating, even the basic built-in methods. I bet a lot of computer users have not even heard of it.
     
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    spiralout462 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I calibrate for the final prints sake. I am not concerned how my pics look on the screens of others. Most of them are probably viewing them on a cellphone anyway.
     
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    Just for entertainment value, here's a cellphone pic showing the difference between the laptop (bottom) and calibrated monitor (top). The resolution get's all weird using it at my desktop photo and displaying both screens at the same time, but you can still see the difference in color, even when viewing this pic on the laptop screen. LOL.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think you may have more than just a calibration discrepancy in play there. Looks like you may also have a problem with the photo's ICC profile causing trouble. Your photo for use on the internet should be saved using the sRGB color space and that ICC tag needs to stay attached to the file when it's uploaded.

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