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Calibrating my monitor?
Hello everyone .

So I'm sitting here with my samsung 901B and want to calibrate it.is there any good tool I can use? a free one would be nice .

Pascal.

DSLR starter ..

Comments (5)

From a previous post of mine - the DIY method :.

I'd suggest this simple approach to informal calibration ( which many people regard as madness, but works for me  ) :.

1. Grab a relatively small and colorful object, like a DVD cover or small ornament..

2. Stand it next to or near your monitor, if possible near daylight, but not where it is affected by the light from your display ! Basically you want to avoid white balance issues.3. Photograph it from where you sit at the computer.

4. Load the photo into the computer and do nothing more than adjust exposure to correct an under-exposure.5. Compare the screen with the object you have.

6. Make adjustments to your monitor to try and match it..

Concentrate on mid-tones, not shadows or highlights as you won't get a good match on these. Don't try for absolutely exact matches as you will never get it - just look at camera reviews and see the variations of color tones than even the best DSLRs produce..

If possible set your monitor/lcd to sRGB or sAdobe and shoot with the same settings..

Have your monitor/lcd on for several minutes ( ideally more than 15 minutes ) to allow transient effects and warm-up time to stop. These will have a big impact on accuracy..

As another poster has pointed out printing and displaying are two different things. Even with a good lab the chances are your prints will be darker is shadow and brighter in highlights than your screen..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #1

I use a similar method as sjcgit..

But I print a photo using the best printer setup I can manage and then ensure that the image on the screen matches the print. That way I can see on the screen how my images will print!..

Comment #2

The best solution, thought not the cheapest, is to purchase calibrating hardware. I use eye one display 2..

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #3

Yes, I have also compared prints to on-screen. Good point..

The only difference ( I think ) is that I treat the calibrating the monitor and calibrating the printing as two different things. If your monitor is out of whack ( significantly ) then you will not be able to calibrate the print ( relate the prints to the on-screen to the real life )..

As I use a third party printer I am more concerned with getting the monitor correct so I can safely post process with confidence in the print..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

I gave that software a shot, but everytime it seemed to make everything grainy or pixilated, I could definately see the potential. I'll try it again when they release a newer version, for now the setting on my monitor seemed to out perform it.Tim..

Comment #5

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