LCD Monitor and Calibration Question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Mykald, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Mykald macrumors newbie

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    I have an Apple LCD 23" Monitor. I have resisted buying the 24" LED because I've read some negative reviews when it comes to photo editing. I use wanted this LCD to mainly be a destop monitor to connect my MBP and to edit photos. Digital photography is just a hobby. I have noticed though that when I edit my photos and then take the photos to be printed at Walmart, for example, that my photos do not look like what I see on the monitor. Someone said I probably need to calibrate my monitor. I've only used the calibration that is on my computer. What I'm wondering is what is a simple and not too expensive calibration tool that I can use? Or any other advice?
     
  2. CATinHAWAII macrumors member

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    here's a few questions others have asked recently on this forum...

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=921780&highlight=monitor+calibration

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=914296&highlight=monitor+calibration

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=905593&highlight=monitor+calibration

    looks like they dont much response.. good luck, and i'll be happy to
    read if you get any either...
     
  3. toxic macrumors 68000

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    any hardware calibrator will do. Huey Pro, Spyder3 Express or Pro, or i1Display LT or 2 I think are all under $200. on top of monitor calibration, you will need the ICC profiles for the printer to softproof the printer output.

    also, stop printing at Walmart. find a local pro lab or use Mpix. Walmart doesn't provide ICC profiles, and the color gamut of their printers is tiny, for starters.
     
  4. CATinHAWAII macrumors member

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    What do you think of costco? I use them occasionally,
    you CAN get the profiles for their printers on the website,,,

    and I use adorama photo if I want to print something out really nice,,

    comes out pretty good,,,
     
  5. Mykald thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Cat and toxic! I do need to find another place to print. Living in a small town kinda makes it difficult sometimes. LOL
     
  6. toxic macrumors 68000

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    I hear good things about Costco, but I've never printed anything from them, so I wouldn't know.
     
  7. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    Sorry I don't have any info on the LCD, but I 2nd Adorama. I've been using them from some 20" x 30" prints and they are fantastic. For certain images the metallic paper is amazing. You also can't beat $4.99 for shipping - the 20x30 prints are shipped flat and packaged extremely well. I had one of the expensive metallic prints damaged in shipping and they replaced it no questions asked.

    Even a cheap calibrator that's under $100 is going to be much better than nothing at all. The fancy Spyder is on my to buy list but I haven't been able to get around to it yet.

    Every monitor is going to be different and you might get lucky and have a good match out of the box but it is unlikely. A funny thing is that my Sony 46" TV is a great match out of the box. Go figure. :)
     
  8. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

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    I use a spyder calibrater and it works great, for printing why don't you just use a bubblejet, Epson, Canon whatever, they're as good as any lab and way more convienant.
     

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