The Life Of Screens

October 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

Does it burn? I have to apologise for the bicycles image, posted yesterday. I saw those bikes, all lined up like synchronised swimmers, and I was excited about the prospect of the image. The let down? My girlfriend’s Macbook Air.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a super laptop, sublimely bright and contrasty screen, light and it makes me look more important and cool than I deserve when I use it. It turns out, processing images on it is a double edged sword!

The blacks looked so black and there was a great range of tone in there… when you looked at the image on the screen.

The lesson, therefore, is not to trust the screen. Even if it is a little Macbook Air temptress!

Check your histogram; important in camera and in your image editor of choice. I was in a rush to get the image out and didn’t. Big mistake.

Calibrate your monitor. I use Dell’s 10 bit ultrasharp 27″ monitor at home. Did you know, whilst it does more than cover our beloved internet’s sRGB colorspace, Apple’s thunderbolt 27″ does not! I use Datacolor’s Spyder and it works very well on single monitor Mac set ups. Absolutely essential though.

I think you guys are long over due for a monochrome conversion tutorial. I will post one in the next few days.

Have a great day and think good thoughts of better bicycle images 😉

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