Photography podcast #62 features an introduction into monitor calibration and profiling and printer calibration and profiling by way of an interview with Joe Brady of MACgroupUS. Joe clears up many common questions that we have when it comes to monitor profiling and tells us straight up why hardware devices that profile your monitor are vastly superior to the profiling software that comes with monitors. We talk about colour space, ICC profiles and how (unfortunately) the average photographer is using a bad monitor and a flawed workflow to proof their work. The next podcast will feature a full review of the colormunki and i1XTreme hardware profiling devices graciously loaned to me by MACgroupUS.
This image is just to illustrate a point. On the left is an image off of an UNcalibrated Eizo Monitor. On the right is that same image on a mid-range monitor that I thought was somewhat calibrated. Side by side you can see how the Eizo has a greater tonal range and less of a cast. The results are WAY more dramatic when you see the resulting prints with your eyes. When you actually calibrate and profile the monitor using quality calibration hardware, you get the best (or close to the best) result that the particular monitor can deliver. This usually translates to a wider tonal range with whites being whiter and blacks cast free as well, compared to the pre-calibrated monitor.
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