Check your monitor calibration!!!

Check your monitor calibration!!!

My iiyama CRT’s red gun became intermittent so I stripped it down, removed then reseated all the connectors I could get to then blew out the dust for good measure. This fixed the problem for a couple of days. Getting just a wee bit peeved with a ghastly cyan cast intermittently colouring my on-line world, I poured over reviews & prices of a potential replacement. I have to admit to not being a fan of LCD monitors so decided I had to buy a decent one & placed a Samsung T200 2mS 20" Rose Black TFT model at the top of my list then bought one last Saturday from PC World in Guildford.
My 3 year old fanless nVidia FX 5200 AGP graphics card thankfully supports 1680×1050 & has both analogue & digital outputs.
The fun then started after connecting the DVI output to the new monitor – it kept blanking for some reason. The rubber feet on the base aren’t thick enough to raise the whole above the baseplate screw heads so I ended up badly scoring my computer desk which did little to kill my bad humour. I then proceeded to look at my photos & felt very sick, or rather very, very sick indeed – most of the originals look OK but the majority of my edits look washed out. I now face the prospect of re-editing a couple of thousand photographs to put some black back into them 🙁
I’m now running the new monitor from the analogue output that no longer blanks, so not only are most of my photos incorrectly edited, my new monitor has probably got a faulty DVI input as well.
The moral to this tale is to check your monitor calibration fairly regularly!!!
Now I know why my photos looked better in-camera or my phone’s display & even on cheap LCDs monitors which weren’t as bad as I thought they were!
Although I checked histogram settings – most of my editing was done by eye on a badly setup or faulty monitor!
I’m going out to get very drunk!
I used the supplied software & this utility:
www.radix.co.uk/tft-setup.htm
to setup my new monitor.
I suppose most people are quite used to TFTs by now & for general use, they are great but for photo-editing, I’m less sure that most are up to the job. My assertion that jpgs favour darker tones goes out of the window as my new monitor shows a far greater range of midtone to to blacks. My beef with TFTs is the tones depend on viewing angle & the colour shifts across the screen. Quite how much one has to pay for consistency, I dread to think but £200 was quite enough for me at this time!

Posted by busb on 2008-08-25 12:53:50

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