Professional Calibration Services


andeelym

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Hi,

Is there anyone or any company providing this service?

What I am looking for is for someone to come to my home, with an expensive/professional monitor calibration tool to calibrate my monitors and perhaps my printers too. Cos its just too expensive and I guess the learning curve is too steep for me to do it my own for one time.

I guess such a service is good for people who wants to get their displays calibrated without needing to fork out high costs.
 

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hmm. i'm not sure any company provides such service, but i saw some individuals on other forums offer such service, using spyder3. iirc, it was $50 for 1 time calibration

imo, it arnt very worth it, since calibration isn't a one time thing. calibrate 4 times, and you can get a spyder3 express already.
 

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Do note that calibration is not a 1 time cure all process. It need to be recal after an interval, normally 1 month time.
 

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there are but its for professional users because of the extent of color management needed. i think its easier and cheaper for u to do it on your own. a simple spyder calibrator should be sufficient for most normal users.
 

andeelym

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Cos i am using the Dell U2410 and for wide gamut displays, a higher end version of calibration tools is needed and the cost is like 4 digit and above... so i was looking into employing that level of service, otherwise, I will just buy a spyder elite cos i've got multiple displays.
 

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Cos i am using the Dell U2410 and for wide gamut displays, a higher end version of calibration tools is needed and the cost is like 4 digit and above... so i was looking into employing that level of service, otherwise, I will just buy a spyder elite cos i've got multiple displays.
i heard abt problems calibrating the wide gamut displays before so i am abit hesitant abt jumping in if it cost more trouble to get right than to use.
 

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i'm using the 2407WFP-HC, wide gamut as well.
seems alright with the spyder3pro.
or maybe i arnt too picky on colors yet =x
 

andeelym

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i heard abt problems calibrating the wide gamut displays before so i am abit hesitant abt jumping in if it cost more trouble to get right than to use.
Which is why I rather pay for a pro to do it for me with all his/her highend equipment. Cos the effort and cost might be too high for me to invest in a one time thingy. Ya, I dun plan to calibrate that often, but I would like to do at least one time proper.
 

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Which is why I rather pay for a pro to do it for me with all his/her highend equipment. Cos the effort and cost might be too high for me to invest in a one time thingy. Ya, I dun plan to calibrate that often, but I would like to do at least one time proper.
u need to constantly calibrate your lcd so investing in the calibrator is more worth it actually and it is more efficient as well. u are looking at weekly calibration or more if u are the super anal type.
 

jopel

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Which is why I rather pay for a pro to do it for me with all his/her highend equipment. Cos the effort and cost might be too high for me to invest in a one time thingy. Ya, I dun plan to calibrate that often, but I would like to do at least one time proper.
monitor needs to be calibrated regularly. If you're not into graphic design or pp work that demands colour fidelity you don't need such high end equipment. More so if you mainly use it for web viewing.

colour management does not start and end with the monitor, professional setup that cost thousand of dollars is only about 90 - 95% accurate, ultimately we rely on the colour proof.
 

qookhoo

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Which is why I rather pay for a pro to do it for me with all his/her highend equipment. Cos the effort and cost might be too high for me to invest in a one time thingy. Ya, I dun plan to calibrate that often, but I would like to do at least one time proper.
Dear andeelym,

There is no such thing as one time calibration for your monitors. If you're a cheapo, don't start this interest. I always laugh at "Professionals" how spends lots of money for camera body & lenses but don't understand the importance of color management.

If your interested with proper workflow, do look into solutions offered by X-Rite, good example would be like the i1 Basic or the i1 Xtream. On the lower-end, there is the X-Rite ColorMunkie. Also don't forget the X-Rite Color Checker Passport.

Cheers...
 

wdEvA

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Dear andeelym,

There is no such thing as one time calibration for your monitors. If you're a cheapo, don't start this interest. I always laugh at "Professionals" how spends lots of money for camera body & lenses but don't understand the importance of color management.

If your interested with proper workflow, do look into solutions offered by X-Rite, good example would be like the i1 Basic or the i1 Xtream. On the lower-end, there is the X-Rite ColorMunkie. Also don't forget the X-Rite Color Checker Passport.

Cheers...
i won't laugh at the "professionals" if they produce great work / prints. regardless if he knows color management or not.
 

andeelym

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Thank you for all your inputs. I am no pro but I understand the need for colour management, hence my enquiries.

It seems that I am wrong about my impression of needing to do only 1 calibration per device. Or at least 1 time for all your display devices. May I know the reason for constant calibration? Do you mean that everytime you boot up your computer or display, the colour changes or goes off?
 

andeelym

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Thank you for all your inputs. I am no pro but I understand the need for colour management, hence my enquiries.

It seems that I am wrong about my impression of needing to do only 1 calibration per device. Or at least 1 time for all your display devices. May I know the reason for constant calibration? Do you mean that everytime you boot up your computer or display, the colour changes or goes off?
Is this the reason?
The chemical substance on the inside face of a computer screen that illuminates when electrically charged. The colour accuracy and luminance values of phosphors change over time, necessitating regular monitor calibration if consistent colour is required.
 

theRBK

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Is this the reason?
The chemical substance on the inside face of a computer screen that illuminates when electrically charged. The colour accuracy and luminance values of phosphors change over time, necessitating regular monitor calibration if consistent colour is required.
not exactly... that applies for CRTs, which have a layer of phosphors on the inside surface of the screen...

for LCDs the degradation may happen at the liquid crystal layer or with the backlight...

liquid crystals generally have very decent longevity and stability as long as no manufacturing defects are present...

backlighting is mainly provided by two technologies: cold cathode flourescent lamp (CCFL), and LEDs... with CCFL backlighting, the degradation of phosphors happens at the flourescent tube, which uses a similar theory, but different implementation, to the tube used in the CRT, but with today's tech, CCFLs have pretty decent longevity... LEDs are supposed to be even more stable over time... for most photographic, non-colour-critical use, monthly profiling of LCD monitors should be sufficient...

YMMV
 

theRBK

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if you want pro service in this regard, can try Bits & Bytes... they can also sell you profiling equipment from x-rite...
 

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