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
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 -
#1. "RE: Monitor Colors - am I even close?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 15-Jan-08 12:05 AM
You brought out hair highlights in the audience, but you also made the shadow noise in the foreground obvious. The changes to the stage area don't look pleasing to my eye - the colors are less saturated and rich and the faces look washed out.
It's truly impossible for me to tell you how these images look compared to your uncalibrated display. What I will instead suggest is a different approach to working on this image. Instead of changing the curves over the entire image, work selectively on the areas you want to enhance. You could dodge the foreground hair highlights while not digging so deeply into the blacks to reveal noise. You could selectively dodge clothing detials you want to see in the performers while keeping the lighting warmer and richer.
The audience will be difficult to render really well in a print - near blacks are hard to hold.
#2. "RE: Monitor Colors - am I even close?" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 15-Jan-08 01:21 AM
From your remarks, I can tell that my monitor is dark. I have seen the shadow noise while working on the image, but I don't see it in my current config.
I DID process the audience and stage separately on the second shot, and have already done some dodging in areas, but could do more.
Thanks for the feedback.
Karl Zemlin -
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#3. "RE: Monitor Colors - am I even close?" | In response to Reply # 2Sat 26-Jan-08 12:04 AM
Well, my Spyder3Pro showed up today.
Pulled up the images and neither looks right - I'm seeing the shadow noise in the "improved" version now.
I guess I'll be going back and touching up all my "keepers".