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Has anyone noticed that after calibrating their screen a lot of people's images look too bright or have I done it wrong? In fact, I've turned the brightness down to 50% yet the whole screen appears brighter and crisper and not in the usual 'burn out your retina way'.
I've finally purchased a Greytag Macbeth Eye One Display after a year of moaning about the colours. A lot of my photos I've uploaded look foul and so do the colours on some other people's, as I expected, but I've also noticed that many people's appear too bright. Is this normal and just a sign they need to do the same? Looking at a few people's portfolios, I realise that the "gloomy shadows" are now full of wonderful detail.
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You're right Chris, I trained in colour (in the paint trade) and one thing it raised in my mind was that we do not all see colour the same. I am appalled at the colour settings on some peoples TV's (people with bright red faces as well as other over-saturated colours). Childrens programs spoil a childs perception of colour by using violent primary colours to excess, so can we expect anything else when they grow up?
How dull the world must seem when they are not looking at the screen.
Um, yes, and I'm busy working my way through some of my previous shots to redo them, now that I'm calibrated.
Couldnt agree more with Ellis as I was also trained in the paint trade. High saturation seems to have become the norm quite different from reality. Velvia film has not helped matters and digital gives you complete freedom to distort to your hearts content. The screen colours are also seen different from a print and we all know the problems there.
Bright colours catch the eye which is one reason for the high saturation on some TV adverts plus the sound which is raised also.
is it important or even possible to 'calibrate' a laptop screen?
Important? Only you know that answer
Yes and yes. Calibrate in the same way as any other screen.
Its not only photographic images on monitors - have a look at a lot of the "Art" on offer in your local Art Shop.
I suspect its a reflection of the desire for immediate gratification - I don't think there's a lot of public interest in images that require a bit of thought. If the appeal is not instant its discarded (a bit like life in general?)
On a side thought - seems like a few of us spent some time in the paint industry - I worked for a few years as a development formulator for PJ Paints in the late '60s. Lots of debate then about the colour ranges for the next trade cycle. Come to think of it - colours were pretty wild in those days too!
Quote: If the appeal is not instant its discarded
a bit like peoples perception of others, especially when it comes to the opposit sex...a sad reflection of society.
how can i tell if my monitor needs calibrating?
All monitors need calibrating.
Cheers for the replies! I've noticed that calibrating has shown up the weaknesses in my monitor though. The centre of the screen appears warmer than the edges :-(
I was initially suprised how bright everything appeared yet at the same time, the monitor can now achieve amazing contrast I didn't know it was capable of.
I'm glad I've calibrated because the images of those who also calibrate look amazing now but it looks like I'm going to have to go back and rework some shots because some of them look horrific.
How do i calibrate my monitors ? I tried the tutorial but my ps6 is a copy (from somewhere ?) and hasnt got the Adobe Gamma setting in it.
Really struggling to print some photos for the parents for xmas !
Control Panel, Adobe Gamma.
Oh, and tut tut!
I have a legite PSP-x at work, kinda bought in error not realising its not win98se compatible.
That has calibration setup thingy on it, made my self look a bigger plum at work today walking backwards and forwards to set the colours up !
Is there anything online that might help this old nail here ?
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