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Monitor Colors - am I even close?

zemlin

Carmel, US
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zemlin Basic Member
Mon 14-Jan-08 12:36 AM

First of all, I have every intention of getting a low-end monitor calibration tool as soon as it's in the budget (probably a Spyder2express). For now, I'm limping along trying to make do with the software solutions already on my computer.

I messed around a bunch last night and I think I made significant progress. With my printer in a pretty straightforward setup, I'm able to get prints that are fairly close to what I see on the screen. Printer profiling will be next on the todo list

I posted an image a while back, and I reworked the same image tonight. I'd like to hear from folks who have calibrated monitors just to know if I'm even in the ballpark.

Here's the image from before I quasi-calibrated
http://www.cheap-tracks.com/zemlinphotos/misc/DSC_0294_reduced.jpg

and after
http://www.cheap-tracks.com/zemlinphotos/misc/DSC_0294_b_reduced.jpg

My intent is to see hair highlights in the audience, but basically black. With the adjustments I made last night, the before shot is way too dark.

The after shot on my screen still looks a little too black on stage - I should probably lift the shadows a bit - there IS detail in the shadows of the cello, but it is not apparent on my screen or on the print I made last night.

How do my observations compare to what you see?

Karl Zemlin - www.sonicartistry.net
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