'True Response'

Discussion in 'Graphics Programs and Photo Gallery' started by ZERO, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. ZERO

    ZERO TPF Noob!

    Mar 16, 2004
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    The Misty Isles
    Whats your preferred practice - do you polish-up your psd's
    in the dark or with low-lighting, or do you work in the daylight ?

    I worked in a new-media studio where it was like being
    on a submarine with a very dark open plan suite illuminated
    mostly by the expensive glow of Macs and light-tables.
    but the photography we worked with was very properly lit
    studio photography of cars and food not outdoor situations
    and events.

    When I'm out, maybe in the library for example, I like to look at my
    pics and other peoples on the net, plus compare industry jpegs (eg
    reuters.com) to see how the brightness etc compares. Its amazing (and
    vexing) how many monitors out there in this world diplay pictures quite

    I have been habitually working under artificial light and in the semi-dark,
    and I think its causing me too make things a little dark - on-screen.
    Maybe it's just I shot a lot of Portra 400 most recently and its very punchy

    Another aspect is the purpose of the image. some 'arty' things can look
    moody and cool quite dark, whereas promotional things can be
    produced to look 'larger than life' (fast-food imagery being an obvious

    so do you render and balance in the dark or at night, or during the
    daylight ? and 'why ?'

  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

    Aug 25, 2003
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    Lawrence, KS
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Realizing that my monitor and most other folks' monitors are uncalibrated, I just try to make digital images look good on mine and hope that it doesn't look too bad on other people's monitors.

    In the darkroom it is necessary to be aware of what light the photo will be displayed in. Obviously, there has to be a happy medium where the image will look good in a variety of situations. But I find that if I print my photos "normal" (for me), that when they are hung on the walls of my family/friends/clients they tend to look just a bit too dark. The same photos hung on the wall of a well lit gallery look just fine. So if I know that the photo is going to be hung in someone's home, I actually try to examine the location and determine if I need to print it just a bit lighter.
  3. ZERO

    ZERO TPF Noob!

    Mar 16, 2004
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    The Misty Isles

    I know exactly what you mean Matt.

    in PS when i adjust 'lightness' (under hue/saturation)
    i imagine the image as if in print . when i adjust 'brightness'
    (under brightness contrast) i imagine standing in the photograph
    - being there when i took it.

    I notice when exporting JPEGS that a small degree of brightness
    is lost in the JPEG copy.It good to make them a bit vibrant if they
    will end up in a Flash movie later.

    no-ones images on this forum look too dark on my monitor
    (1999 Dell UltraScan 1024x768-about the size of a small house).
    My father's monitor is much newer but its really thick and dark.
    No wonder someone gave it to him hehehe. I tried messing with
    the monitor settings in windows and on the facia of the thing,
    but it doesnt improve the clarity.

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