Display Calibration for Photography

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by 66217, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    I'm in doubt if I have my MacBook display correctly calibrated.

    I have two options in my Display Color profile, one is the Color LCD (the one that comes with Leopard), which I find to have a blue tint that I don't like, it looks cold.

    So I installed the Color Profile found in Tiger, which you can download from apppe.com. It's called Color LCD 10.4.7. And I find this much more pleasant and warmer, but sometimes I think it is too warm.

    I tried Supercal but the result was catastrophic:D

    What's the best way to find out the best calibration for my display?

  2. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    The best way is to buy a colorimeter - Spyder 2, Huey, etc. I have the Spyder2 Pro and I like it a lot.
  3. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    I 2nd that, a spyder2 is good, and simple to use ;)
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    Thirded: I have a Spyder 2 Express and paid ~$60 for it: great investment and a noticeable improvement. Forget about the Calibration Assistant, this is how it's meant to be done :)
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    One great investment for all post production work is going to be a colorimeter. This will undoubtedly save you time and money in the digital darkroom. To me having a properly calibrated monitor is the digital equivalent of running test strips in the darkroom. Overall, you'll waste much less paper if your monitor and printer are properly calibrated. Spyder2 Pro offers both display and printer calibration software. So far I've found it very easy to use and worth the price tag. Even if you do not print at home often there is nothing worse than sending your images to a lab and have them come back with colors that were not as they were displayed on screen. That is equally annoying and a total waste of cash.

    Truthfully, I tried to use the standard OS calibration tools and could never get them right nor was I ever able to understand them enough. Spyder2 is Jessica-proof, which is exactly how I need it.
  6. jlcharles macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    Wenonah, NJ
    There was a huge change in color between calibrating by OS and by Spyder2 Express. I love mine. Well worth the money.
  7. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    I also just got a spyder 2 and it is really worth it, it's like night and day, everything is a lot warmer.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I use the spider 2. Then I compared the custom profile It made with what Apple supplied and fond that in my case they were close. I have a 2.16Ghz white 24" iMac with the anti-glare screen. I have a second Mac, a G4 mini and it's default profile was not so close to the custom one. So if the Apple supplied profile is "correct" or not depends on your computer and maybe the lighting in your room and how old the monitor is.
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Spyder 2 has a reputation for dealing with glossy screens. Can't beat the price, either.
  10. jtblueberry macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2007
    Pismo Beach, CA
  11. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Lomita, CA
    I use the Spyder3 Pro and while more expensive than the express, the colorimeter is the newer model and is supposed to be much more accurate. Either way, the Spyder is a good choice.

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