I went to whole lot of trouble to calibrate my monitor, reset every setting. Now my scans pop up almost perfect with no adjutsments and photoshop is only needed for minor adjustments. EXCEPT that I need to dial in 20% more brightness to see what I see on the screen. I doubt that an adjustment to my screen would help but I could be wrong. Any suggestions gratefully recieved. Thanks.
I shouldadd that page proof when turned on makes the photo go faint, much brighter than 20% and less contrast.
If the only problem you are having is the brightness problem and it is consistent you could just add a "brightness and contrast" adjustment layer to your files. Right before you print you could then add the 20%. Doing it this way would not permanently alter the values of the pixels, but it would allow you to get the print you want.
If you are wanting to try to correct the viewing you could rerun Adobe's color management set-up again and pay particular attention to the brightness aspects of the set-up. Note: when you are running this make sure the light in the room is similar to the conditions in which you will be printing. This may not help much though.
All of the above solutions are imperfect. Without having good profiles for the particular paper and printer combination it is hard to get a good match at times.
For what it is worth I hate the price too. I am in the process of upgrading. My feeling is that the computer industry has missed some very common sense things. If a film and optical print matched a scene as well as digital, without color management extras, people would be running from that company's film and paper. I wish we had a choice.
I agree. It seems obvious with the growth in consumer digital photos and media that colour management will sooner or later be integrated at the PC level and not be a major add-on. The future of digital photography seems to be digital kiosks for printing but that will change as an increasing number of people try to do this themselves or some company sees a potential market developing. The question is how long will it take?
A suggestion for calbraiting with Adobe Gamma. Instead of checking just the gray line gamma adjustment, use the 3 channel adjustment patches with individual sliders. It also helps to have room lights turned down and to even squint a little when doing this. It helps you to see when the image blends into the surrounding area.