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Martin Jones - G4WVC 
Monitor's
19 Dec 2007 at 10:19 GMT
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When you walk into a TV shop all the units on display have different levels for Brightness and Contrast,
How do i know when adjusting my photographs that the levels suit other monitors,
Photographs on my monitor look darker that on my friends monitor?
If this is a stupid question please say so.
EJWilkins 
re: Monitor's
22 Dec 2007 at 23:31 GMT
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It isn't stupid, but if you can calibrate your own monitor, even on greyscale, it's a good start. There's a thread about it somewhere, because I got help setting mine up, but I'm not sure where it is.
Try looking here
http://adoniram.deviantart.com/art/CRT-Monitor-Calibration-Chart-12834934
Martin Jones - G4WVC 
re: Monitor
23 Dec 2007 at 07:46 GMT
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Thank you for your help.
nathan hulse 
re: Monitor
5 Jan 2008 at 14:12 GMT
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I've calibrated my monitor, and recalibrate every 1 or 2 weeks depending on work load. The more work, the more I calibrate it. So my pictures should look the same on other monitors that are also calibrated. But as you point out, not on those that aren't.
 
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3 Feb 2008 at 16:42 GMT
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Sorry about butting in here, being a newbie and all. You may find that depending waht software you use to calibrate your monitor to will give subtle differences too. For example, buying the spyder2 and using the supplied software will give a warmer cast in many setups. My results are different by using a program called coloreyes. Its not free, but it is widely regarded to be more accurate than the free software given with the hardware. One other point about coloreyes is if you have an lcd monitor which, even on minimum brightness is still too bright ( my mac moniotr wont go bleow 250cd^2), yet with coloreyes, it attacks the graphics card directly and can lower the brightness to whatever is required ( most people seem happy at around 140cd^2). Im not a pro at colour management but if anyone wants any info, feel free to ask ( do you get emails saying new posts are added to threads youve posted in BTW ?).
Guest 
re: Monitor
22 Feb 2008 at 21:44 GMT
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Monitor calibation should is generally done every 4 weeks, if the monitor is falling out of tilt before then it's time for a new one. If the spyder is coming out too warm, change the target temperature. I personally changed from the spyder to the eyeone because I couldn't get accuracy, but I think that was also partly down to the monitor. I use an Eizo now and have to say it's very accurate. If other monitors give inaccurate colour rendition of your images, tell them to get it balanced!!
BeakerSt 
re: Monitor
8 Apr 2008 at 12:12 GMT
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I use a Pantone huey and it has made a huge difference and has given me more confidence in producing images for clients. It also tests the ambient light hitting the monitor screen and changes the display settings to compensate. There's a review here...

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/pantone_huey.html
David from the Hebrides 
re: Monitor
15 Apr 2008 at 14:14 GMT
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I'm in agreement with Simon here- the Pantone Huey is about 70, but means you can calibrate once, very simply, then it just sits on your desk (its about the size of a felt-tip pen) keeping your screen matched to the lighting in your room, which may well be constantly changing (mine does!) Fit and forget- good value.


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