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SD70MACMAN 05-22-2007 05:19 AM

LCD monitor
Im using an LCD monitor to do all my photo editing on. The color re-creation is pretty good, or so I thought. Are the shots below, and some of my others as well, too dark? I looked at my pics for the first time on a well-adjusted CRT for over a year and a lot of them look dark.

Some random samples that looked dark on the CRT:

Im wondering if I might need to adjust my LCDs. Thanks!

ssw9662 05-22-2007 05:25 AM

They look fine on my monitor.

Studogg120 05-22-2007 05:32 AM

Couldn't tell you. My iMac has a built in LCD monitor.

PLEzero 05-22-2007 06:19 PM

My NVIDIA control panel is set pretty well on my laptop and those 3 photos appear to be a bit dark. Just my personal preference though.

WembYard 05-23-2007 02:16 AM

They look OK on here (this monitor is on the light side though)

But there is obviously not much wrong with this......



John West 05-23-2007 06:47 AM

I use two "monitors", both are LCD. I do my Photoshop work on a Mac 18 inch monitor. Most every thing else is done on a high end Toshiba Tecra PC lap top.

The Mac monitor is by far the brightest and best for picture viewing. As I understand it, the Mac's have higher contrast as configured out of the factory for whatever reason.....but I like it. I love watching my pix on the Mac. The Toshiba PC is okay, but lacks the contrast of the Mac. When I post pix I try to adjust them to look good on both monitors.

I have looked at your pix on both monitors and they look good. Better on the Mac but fine on the PC.

But when I travel I look at my stuff on various hotel computers, and the variations are tremendous. Clearly monitors vary greatly. I know some people who have whole websites of pictures that to me look washed out. I can only assume that they have " dark" monitors and the washed out look is what looks normal on their monitor.

As best as I can figure out, monitor calibration is a huge variable in how well posted images look.

John West

Ween 05-23-2007 06:54 AM

JP has a neat feature when you upload that shows a white-to-black graduated scale that is a quick check to see if your monitor is somewhat calibrated.

Wonder if that's a feature that'll work its way over here?

Cyclonetrain 05-23-2007 08:47 PM

If you use Adobe Photoshop (CS or above, I believe), there's a neat little program in your Control Panel called "Adobe Gamma" that helps to calibrate your monitor.

Ween, you mean something like this?

Ween 05-23-2007 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by Cyclonetrain
Ween, you mean something like this?

Yep, but it's either on the upload screen or right after you upload your shots there that show it, I can't quite remember...

SD70MACMAN 05-24-2007 03:02 AM

Thanks gents! Took that little monitor test and looks like things are just fine. I was getting some underexposed rejections when they looked fine to me and that too sorta made me curious.

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