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06-09-10, 02:20 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
A Google on 'Monitor Calibration' will return a lot of good results... there are several other calibration equipment options available. Some of the alterations they suggest can be quite severe and I've heard of many people who have run various tools, calibrated their monitors and hate the result! Spyder, among others, does give accurate calibration but look at it another way - put lots of pictures online and ask the viewers to comment on their brightness (colour saturation is a more personal and subjective opinion). Compare what your's look like up against others - if yours are brighter (looking a bit 'washed out'), then I'd suggest your monitor is too dark. If yours are darker you may have a monitor that's too bright.
Take a picture (jpeg) directly from your camera and put in on your computer. Edit it so that it looks at its best and give it another name. So then you have two files, same image, one edited and one not.
Upload them both to a website like Flickr (or here). If there's a difference, then your monitor is either too bright (if the edited image is darker), or to dark (if the edited image is brighter).
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