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#1 ski3pin

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:21 PM

What programs or devises does our talented bunch of photographers use to calibrate their monitors to get correct colors and brightness?

 


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:39 PM

Mornin' Mr 3pin,

I use a Huey Pro, but it's been ages since I re calibrated. There are a bunch of them ought there... Color Monki, Spyder, Xrite. To be truthful, I went for affordable.

As I recall, my iMac and MacBook were pretty close to spot on.
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 02:45 PM

I use colorvision spyder as it was pretty affordable and it works well and easy.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:16 PM

I'm using Datacolor Spyder4Pro. I've had it for several years...had a different brand before then.

The current version of this brand is Spyder5Pro...but the older version has worked fine for me.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 07:50 PM

I'm using Datacolor Spyder4Pro. I've had it for several years...had a different brand before then.

The current version of this brand is Spyder5Pro...but the older version has worked fine for me.

 

dark ages, spyder2 must have been bought and sold a few times.


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:07 PM

What programs or devises does our talented bunch of photographers use to calibrate their monitors to get correct colors and brightness?

According to Martin Bailey in a recent TWIP podcast, the only device worth buying in the "relatively low price range" is the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo at $450. His priority is getting accurate prints. He notes that brightness is a vicious circle where camera raw files are often dim, monitors tend to be too bright, and paper and inks can be all over the place. 

 

I have not tried ColorMunki and, in fact, have not calibrated my monitors in at least 10 years because they seem fine to my eyes. When printing I try to pay attention to the color histogram and use a reliable print shop (rather than fuss with DIY prints). Of course, color is very subjective and when I cannot get a pleasing look I will often try black and white. 


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Posted 01 June 2015 - 11:53 PM

I use the Spyder4pro on my macs and iPod.
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Posted 02 June 2015 - 05:28 AM

I've got a Eye One by gretagmacbeth, which I use infrequently.   I've found my iMac and MBP displays to be pretty close.  When I outsource prints, the profiles seem pretty true to me. 


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