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Old 02-11-2003, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a newbie to glamour style photography and don't have any photos of that type ready to upload yet. But I really need advice on the calibration of my monitor. When I print the attached file the skin tone looks pretty good, however on my monitor it looks like crap. Could one of you with a good setup let me know how it really looks? I think I'm going to have to go ahead and spend the bucks to get a good calibration program. Thanks for your time. Mark


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Old 02-11-2003, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm having a similar problem. Go to "search" in this forum and type in "monitor calibration", then select "all posts". You will find another reference to this matter that may help. Good luck!
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I have my monitor calibrated using the Spyder Optical. It costs about $300 (if I remember right). You should at least have Adobe Gamma running. While not the greatest of all calibration systems, it will at least give you a good head start. This gets installed when you install Photoshop. You should have been asked to configure it when you ran Photoshop for the 1st time. Naturally I am assuming you are running Photoshop ;-)

With all that being said, the image is a little dark on the face and the mid-chest area is good. Her right arm shirt sleeve (left side if you look at the pic) is a bit on the reddish side.

If you are shooting digital or will be sending you pictures out to others or worse yet - you want to print, then you NEED to have your monitors calibrated. Otherwise you really cannot be sure what will come out of your printer. You want to be able to color correct your images on your monitor and without even thinking about it, be able to print and KNOW that your printer output will match your monitor output.

If you monitor is a bit old, there is a chance it cannot be calibrated. You have been warned ;-) I work on a dual monitor system on a PC and my main monitor cannot be calibrated. What is worse is on PCs ONLY the main monitor can be calibrated. So I am switching my monitors around so my main monitor will be calibrated properly... (You image was viewed on a calibrated monitor though.)
 
 
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Thanks for the reply, I do have a new monitor and have adobe gama running. I'm seeing the pic basicly like you describe. What is messing with my head is the print comes out looking great with the file just as it is. If I get the image looking good on screen then the print is washed out. I guess I need to invest in a better printer, or take the files to a good lab.

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Explain the process by which you print. More often than not, I find people don't know how to properly print in a color managed environment (which you may not be doing).
 
 
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At the moment I only have a hp 812 I set everything to highest quality and let the print driver do the rest. I thought the prints were looking okay until I saw some epson 2200 at jt's workshop this weekend. I think I'm just going to have to put out the money and pick up one. One of the guys at the workshop has some great looking prints and he has all color space profiles turned off! I'm sure I'm going to have lots of questions when I get mine. Thanks for the help.

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