Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4665 times:
I'm looking to get a 17 or 19 inch monitor.
But I dont really know what to look for. Anything special, or can any monitor take care of my needs?
I might go buy it i like 30 minutes, because I'm trying to edit pictures and everything on the screen looks like last night's yummy spaghetti dinner....after it's been digested and released from my bowels.
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4625 times:
Try to get something flat (not LCD, you want CRT) and a low dot pitch. I have a .24 17'' IIYama screen, which is still the finest 17'' ever made. Cant go wrong with the top models from Sony, IIYama and the likes.
Pilothighflyer From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4605 times:
Aviod LCD unless you go for the really high end stuff, otherwise u'll be upset.
I use a dual monitor set-up, where a HP f70 17" LCD is my primary and when i want to see some as it was intended to look i fire up my Cornerstone p1600 21-inch CRT (.21 dot pitch).
If your really serious the screen should come with a Colorimeter calibrator.
Planeboy From India, joined May 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4566 times:
Make sure it shows color cause dem ol' black and white ones are kinda out of date. Also, I hear there is a new 3 dimensional one which will allow you to see the sideview of them there planes flyin' over you on the dock. This might help you when it comes time to fill in the N or registration number...
Good luck in your new monitor search and one more thing - you've been puttin' up some nice pics here !!!
Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4442 times:
Ok, so I got my new monitor, a Samsung SyncMaster 753DF. Not the greatest thing, but it's a huge improvement over what I had before.
Calibration is becoming a problem for me. A lot of my pictures now look a litlte washed out or lacking onctrast. I newly edited a few ofmy shots and saved both versiosn and showed them to people. Some said the old ones were better, and some said the new ones were better.
I really can't tell if my monitor is calibrated properly. I used the tools and read everything on the Add Photos page, but I can't seem to get anything out of it. This stuff is completely confusing to me.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4436 times:
I'd like to know the same thing. Somehow, the calibration of a CRT is a nasty task.
I now use a laptop for editing, and I recently hooked up a 17" Sony CRT. All my pictures looked very yellow. The same on the Compaq 17" I have at work. However, when I edit my pictures (from the Canon 10D), I hardly modify the colours. The only thing I adjust sometimes is the white balance, and then only slightly. And I like the way my pictures look on the laptop, and figuring that I didn't mess with the colours, I guess the colour balance of the picture is right.
The CRT looked very unnatural. The monitor does not allow me to adjust the colours individually, so how can I fix this? Changing the contrast and brightness doesn't make a difference, and the colour temperature has only a few presets, none of which I like. Isn't there a way to adjust the colouring via the video-card?
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 812 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4435 times:
If you've got Photoshop, use the Adobe Gamma tool in the Control Panel - this is probably as good as you're going to get without a dedicated hardware calibration tool.
Some video cards come with drivers which allow you to adjust your calibration, however, I've not found these very good for photo-editing - in general most of the consumer cards are concerned with game-play and the optimum set up for gaming is not always the best for graphic work.
When calibrating make sure your monitor has been on for a good while - I usually leave it for 60 minutes before calibrating. Turn contrast up to 100% and then use brightness (in conjection with the Adobe Gamma) to set the black point. Take your time on this - getting the black point right is the key to good contrast and appropriate colour saturation.
Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4388 times:
The Gamma tool is in the Windows Control Panel, if you have XP you might want to turn the Control Panel to Classic mode, or find the "Other Control Panel Options (something like that)" link. Hope that helps.