Color profiling for monitors-basic questions

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by macmesser, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. macmesser macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2012
    Long Island, NY USA
    Who here uses uses a third party solution for color profiling their monitor and what do you use? I use x-rite i1 Display Pro and it seems to do a good job with not too much fuss.

    I'm wondering if it's ok to change brightness and contrast settings once a profile is made without basically destroying the profile. Clearly, changing color balance would defeat the purpose of profiling but monitors and profiling devices now have the ability to measure ambient light and adjust brightness accordingly. I guess when such adjustments are made through the profiling software on the basis of ambient light measurement by the profiling device, the profile is being consulted. What about making a profile and then eyeballing brightness/contrast as lighting conditions change? Would it be good enough to note brightness and contrast settings and use them as benchmarks? They could then be restored if desired and it seems that as long as color balance has not been changed things should be OK.
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    With most serious monitors being calibrated under ∂E 2-3 to either or both sRGB and AdobeRGB, I just pop OSX in the same profile and go to work. The risk of messing up your workflow with custom profiles is much higher than having the final 1-2 ∂E spot on.
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Ideally you should control the ambient lighting in the room you are editing in so it is consistent throughout the day. By changing the brightness you are changing the profile. The i1 Display will measure ambient lighting and make adjustments through out the day to suit (if you leave it plugged in) but it wouldn't be how I control my workflow. Think about some blinds or a monitor hood if overhead or sunlight is causing issues.

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