Monitor Suggestions for Editing

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Nickwell24, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. Nickwell24 macrumors regular

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    Okay everybody, please sound off on what Display you use for editing your photos so you have somewhat reliable colors. I am trying to establish a side business in portrait photography and currently am changing from a Macbook Pro to Mac Mini, which means I need a display.

    I by no means need a professional quality display, it's not in the budget. I'd like to spend less than $300. I've considered the Acer238 and Dell2414H. What do you guys have and would you recommend them? My biggest concern is decent color representation, which means I plan to buy a calibration tool as well.
     
  2. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

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    If you are going to go to the trouble of calibrating it I would suggest a monitor that covers the Adobe color space. sRGB just doesn't cut it.

    Dell makes some good mid range displays but you will need to check the specs and they might push your budget a little.
     
  3. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    I can recommend Dell IPS screens and the Color Munki calibration tool, I use them both daily.

    Any screen is improved by using a hardware calibration device imo, and the Dell IPS monitors seem to be a great balance between quality and price.
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    You calibrate daily? If your monitor needs that, then it's faulty.

    I use a NEC Spectraview 241. Make sure any monitor you buy needs to be an IPS panel and ideally Adobe colour space.
    I use an i1 display Pro to calibrate once a month. Because I have a pro monitor, I can acsess the LUT to calibrate rather than just the graphic cards.
     
  5. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Dammit, the written word not coming across as intended and my poor phrasing...

    Like you I do a full calibration once a month, to be honest I have never noticed a change in the screen between calibrations, although I'm sure throughout the life of the screen thus far it would have changed if I were to load up the very first profile from a when it was new.

    I have the profile software running daily though, and occasionally use the ambient light monitoring feature on the Color Munki - I'm not a massive fan of it (personal preference and all that), but it does have its uses.

    The Spectraview is an amazing screen.
     
  6. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    We both use the same monitor and of all the equipment I have bought in the last few years, I consider this one my best investment.

    I calibrate about every 4 weeks and though maybe not necessary, I let the monitor "warm up" for 20 minutes first then calibrate.

    As most are finding out, there is a difference between calibrating a monitor and "calibrating" via profile. I am sure the OP will be calibrating via profile and the Color Munki is not a bad way to go as far as a tool to create the profile or perhaps a competitor product like Spyder (I think Munki is better but that's another conversation unto itself).
     
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Best to turn off all the ambient light settings and just control your lighting.
     
  8. Chuck Rodent macrumors member

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    I'm using dual NEC PA271 with the Spyder 4 Pro calibrator. This morning I recalibrated them and one had drifted slightly to a higher color temperature, just barely noticeable when both screens were showing white.

    If you are doing portraits for prints, color match between prints and screen will be important. The light under which you display the prints will affect the color warmth of the prints, as compared to your monitor. Best to do a couple of test prints and view them under the selected lights before final, and you will get a feel for the adjustments on your monitor.
     
  9. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I agree totally. I've just moved house and haven't got the office space as I'd like it yet :)
     
  10. needfx, Nov 7, 2014
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    got three of these

    excellent product with good color renditions by default + cool design + within your budget.

    LG 27MP75HM-P 27'' IPS LED

    on a side note, I've been an LG kinda guy for the past decade, none out of the 10+ monitors & TVs have let me down. (review)

    I think the NEC Spectraview 241 needs a 10bit gpu card to operate at its full strengths such a quadros
     

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  11. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Been here for 11 years, and neither have I!
     
  12. needfx macrumors 68040

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    that's one impressive monitor you have AFB..!

    Can't say the same about your office space.. :D :D :D
     
  13. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    I got it for a great price.
     
  14. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    I have a Dell u3011 connected to a Mac Pro, soon to be replaced by a 27" 5k iMac, for the last few years the Dell has served well, left at factory settings, lowered contrast, then calibrated with a spyder 4 Pro, colours are very good, profiled across my system through to print, I use adobe RGB from my 5d & 6d through to printing client & Personal projects.
     
  15. Nickwell24 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I'd love to get the u3011, but it's a bit outside of my budget, I am though really considering it's smaller sibling the u2312 or u2415. Thanks for your input.
     
  16. thekev macrumors 604

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    A lot of them are like that, but it's not necessarily a quadro card that is required for 10 bit support. Each of these vendors has a specific list of supported/tested gpus. You would want to check that list against anything where you want the software to take advantage of those features. Some of Adobe's applications could only do this with specific cards, the earliest of which were a couple specific firepro cards. Right now there isn't any support for this on OSX, and it doesn't seem like a high priority for Apple. You're definitely looking at the Windows side to obtain that.
     

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