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    Is calibrating monitor important ?
    Is it worth investing on colorvision or macberth for calibration purpose?
    Does the color looks better or more realistic after calibration?
    Please advice.
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    Wrong thread, you should post in Digital Darkroom instead.

    As for your question, yes important to get it calibrated because of the color and brightness. Many times you thought that your photos look good but why it turn haywire when you gotten the prints. This is due to your monitor isn't calibrated. It worth the investment depending what product you want to go for like Huey, Spyder, Eye One. It ranges from $199 and above (depending on how precise you want)

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    You are calibrating the monitor to your printer, not to your eyes!

    The only reason to calibrate the monitor is because you want to get the correct color before you print them ( not print and correct color and print and correct color again and again... ).

    If you own a photo printer, I will recommend that you calibrate the monitor, so that you get what you see.

    If you are sending the photos to a printer shop, then you might as well forget the whole idea of calibrating, because the shop will adjust the color, brightness and contrast before they make the print.

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    You can always ask for non touch up from the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josho View Post
    You can always ask for non touch up from the shop.
    Oh talking about this... I have actually quite bad experiences with asking for non-touch up printing. Because the person who receives the order is not the person who does the printing it self. Worst of all, sometimes, the print is sub-contracted to another shop to do the printing due to the fact that there is not enough machine or that the machine is not capable to do the large printing.

    what ever the reason, the purpose of calibrating your monitor is purely for printing purpose. You need not calibrate the monitor if you are just going to see it through the monitor only.

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    Since calibrating monitor is purely for printing purposes,what is the purpose
    of buying spyder express.Spyder express is a basic package for calibrating
    monitor,it is not helping to calibrate printer. Am I right to say that!
    Please advice!

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    Calibrating the monitor alone will give you a pretty good approximation (soft proof) of the final output of your print PROVIDED you have a recent and accurate ICC profile of the target machine (xx printer with xxx ink and xxx paper) Doing a monitor calibration also is supposed to give more 'accurate' colours. for example before i calibrated mine I noticed the colours leaned towards the cool side but now its better after doing calibration.
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    When calibrating a monitor, it is not only for printing. By having a calibrated monitor, when you send pictures to your friends who also have a calibrated monitor. You convey what colours you want to show to your friends. This occurred to me that when a friend who send me pictures. I commented that it was too warm, he told me it was fine on his monitor. It turned out that his monitor tends towards the cool side. So after doing a calibration, the colours are more consistent when he sends pictures to me or his friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxdragon View Post
    Since calibrating monitor is purely for printing purposes,what is the purpose
    of buying spyder express.Spyder express is a basic package for calibrating
    monitor,it is not helping to calibrate printer. Am I right to say that!
    Please advice!

    Thanks
    hi Foxdragon, the key purpose of calibrating the monitor is to make sure that what you see on the screen is what you will get at the printer. Of course , like what SWEAT100 mentioned , when sharing prints with your friends, calibration can avoid discrepancies in color too , good point there .

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    Calibrating your monitor also helps to bring out it's full potential. For example, after calibration with the Eye-One Display 2, my Dell 24" exhibits much better shadow detail. If you read those monitor reviews done by more "hardcore" hardware sites, they will have recorded figures for both before and after calibration, to show how well the product performs out of the box and how much it improves after proper calibration.

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    Can the canon Photo printeR ,Selphy range able to calibrate by
    Spyder ?
    What information we need from the printer before we can calibrate them.
    Please ADVICE!

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    To get an ICC profile of the printer you will need a seperate piece of hardware that is very expensive. Unless you do alot of in-house printing and you need to ensure colour accuracy it may not be economical to get one..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denosha View Post
    Calibrating your monitor also helps to bring out it's full potential. For example, after calibration with the Eye-One Display 2, my Dell 24" exhibits much better shadow detail. If you read those monitor reviews done by more "hardcore" hardware sites, they will have recorded figures for both before and after calibration, to show how well the product performs out of the box and how much it improves after proper calibration.
    Which are the "hardcore" hardware sites?
    Please direct me, I am greatly appreciated.

    Thanks


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    http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2940&p=7

    There are other examples out there but I'm lazy to google. Hur hur.

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    Try reading this article. It also has links to other sites describing monitor calibration and colour management.

    http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/viewing.html

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    If you cannot see the colours accurately, then how are you going to be able to do post processing accurately? Especially when you have to colour correct exposure?

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    I suggest you jump straight to the GM eye1 display 2.

    Give the Huey a miss, really cannot make it. Those that claim that it works for them, good for you but you really don't know what you are missing with the eye1 display 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VR Man View Post
    I suggest you jump straight to the GM eye1 display 2.

    Give the Huey a miss, really cannot make it. Those that claim that it works for them, good for you but you really don't know what you are missing with the eye1 display 2.


    agree... Huey totally cmi. i gave my student as a birthday gift 2 months ago... now i am calibratorless...


    who wanna donate one to me ?

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