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365 Day 200 - Countryfile photo comp


Hello, I'm Anne, I joined a little while back but have only just got round to adding some photos to my portfolio. Hopefully this is just the start! I'm really looking forward to hearing folks' comments on my images, anything that you think will improe them will be welcome.
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365 Day 200 - Countryfile photo comp

23 Jul 2014 9:47PM   Views : 569 Unique : 450

This is where the problem with my monitor started! I wanted to print off a couple of my gannet and puffin photographs to send in to the BBC Countryfile Photographic competition and before I did, decided to calibrate my monitor and check the colour of my prints on screen again before I printed them off. Big mistake! I have a Spyder 4 Express which I have been using for the last year or so without too much trouble. I follow the guidance about checking contrast and brightness and set it off to calibrate and my screen ends up dark teal green/blue. Check on the Datacolor website - make sure that you have downloaded the latest software update, so I do but it makes no difference. Restart my computer, go through the whole process again and this time it comes out dark red/brown. Back to the Datacolor website to find FAQs which tell me that if I am using Windows, there is a conflict between the profile which the Spyder produces and the graphics card on the computer and I should disable the programme. No sure about this so ring Knowhow as I have a support contract and they strongly advise against this. Not only that, I don't seem to be able to disable the programme only delete it and if I do that I might invalidate the support contract. So next step is a question on an EPZ forum and a good soul called Glenn gives me some advice.

Eventually I have run the calibration again and I have a blue/grey colour cast but when i print my pictures they are actually ok, probably because the bulk of the work was done before I calibrated my monitor. This is a photograph of my photographs before I sent them off, bearing in ming that this photograph was uploaded and edited after I calibrated the monitor so goodness knows what it will look like on other monitors!


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