All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Last week I bought a monitor calibrator, after using it I started to ask myself, “What in the world took me so long to get one?”. I ended up purchasing the X-Rite EODIS2 Eye-One Display 2 Before I go into all the positives, let me tell you my one con. I have a dual monitor setup, and in order to calibrate multiple monitors you must a video card for each monitor. So unfortunately I can only calibrate a single monitor on my system. I was watching Brian Matiash web tutorial at Onone, and decided to purchase the calibrator and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport .
The first thing I did after calibrating my monitor was to have 10 photos printed without any color correction at a local print shop. I brought them home to compare to what I was actually seeing. I was in complete shock! Lots of my photos now look like terrible to me, and the ones I printed looked about the same. First the setting I had been using all this time was entirely too bright. I also now see a lot of clipping especially in the blue. I was not able to see any of this with my original settings. Hopefully all of the photos I process from here on out will be less saturated, no clipping, and just flat out better. If you have any thought or opinions on this please feel free to share.
I will write more about the ColorChecker after I have had a chance to use it more. I can tell you; so far I can say it has made editing the one photo I have taken with it, so much easier.
My Daily Photo – Chilling by the Pool at Miami Metro Zoo.Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f2.8 with 1.4 extension
Processing: Photoshop CS5, Color Efex Pro 3.0 Other related posts.