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Old November 5th, 2010, 07:57 AM
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help with calibration

ok, i have 3 images here all are different monitor calibration settings. which does everyone think is the best? please try not to be influenced by the other votes.

after everyone votes i'll post which product i used to do the calibration

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Old November 5th, 2010, 08:23 AM
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Re: help with calibration

I am by no means on a great monitor myself, but from what I can see I prefer #3.
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Re: help with calibration

#1 appears too dark. #2 looks best, for me. #3 seems too richly saturated and not as natural as #2. I'm guessing that all, if any, post processing is identical?

I pulled all three into Photoshop and viewed them using my calibrated monitor rather than rely on what I see from a non-color aware browser.

All of the colors look okay. The only differences that are readily apparent is the level of brightness, which obviously affects the tones.
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Re: help with calibration

I like #3 the best!

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Re: help with calibration

I'd have to go with #3. #1 is dark, #2 is bright, and #3, like Goldilocks said is just right. But I suppose it depends how you edited it and what the light conditions were like when you shot it. The thing also is with LCD monitors, the angle of view really affects the brightness of shots. This kinda thing drives me nuts because I'll look at a shot on at least 3 different monitors and they all look different with my calibrated desktop, calibrated laptop and uncalibrated desktop.
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Re: help with calibration

Also recognize that not all browsers are color aware (exceptions are Safari and Firefox (if set up for it)) and your monitor calibration does not affect what my monitor sees (directly) and many people do not have calibrated monitors and most factory set monitors are WAY too bright.
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Also recognize that not all browsers are color aware (exceptions are Safari and Firefox (if set up for it)) and your monitor calibration does not affect what my monitor sees (directly) and many people do not have calibrated monitors and most factory set monitors are WAY too bright.
I also put them in PS and looked at the histogram, #2 is hot in several spots. the other 2 are much better.
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Re: help with calibration

#2 from this end - but is a little bright . . .

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Re: help with calibration

ok, the results are in, i did this survey on several different forums on the internet and the majority like #3 the best

i am using a 27" imac from fall of 2009
image 1 is the normal imac color profile that comes from the factory

image 2 is with the spyder 3 elite using their software.

image 3 which is the most accepted is using the spyder 3 elite but the software was from Coloreyes Display Pro

so my theory is that spyder 3 sucks on it's own because that one was the worst of them all. but using the spyder 3 with the other company's software is the most accepted.

however.... since there are so many companies out there doing calibration and they all say their formula is the best one we have a problem

each company has different settings.
so if you didn't do this survey like i did you would be blind still thinking that #2 was correct because you followed the directions and used spyder's software. here's the problem for example

i shoot and do my post on my calibrated monitor. i send it to the editor or ad agency but they are looking at it on their monitor which was calibrated by another company.. so it will look different because these companies cannot agree on which profile is correct??

i suppose calibration will get me closer than i was before but it still not a perfect world by a long shot

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Re: help with calibration

I also think it depends on the type of monitor you have. Some just view darker. Laptops, LED and LCD all look different than the actual print produced. We always have to bump up the brightness in our images a little because of this.
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