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Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Fri Sep 05, 2003 9:55 am

I'm looking for opinions on Apple Computer's 20" Flat Panel monitors as it relates to photo editing. I'm thinking about buying a G5 with the 20" monitor to edit my photos on, among other uses.

I know that there are a ton of high quality CRT displays that are (1) larger and (2) half the cost, but the problem with those is they are HUGE! The Apple monitor gives me the big screen feel at 1/5 the size. Plus it's a widescreen monitor, which I like.

As always, thank you in advance for any replies.

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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Fri Sep 05, 2003 10:51 am

Another Mac user! Now there's two of us!  Nuts

I have done some editing on a Mac 17" flat panel display. I currently do most of my editing and retouching on a 15" G4 Powerbook.

I have noticed that images edited on my laptop tend to shift brighter on a CRT monitor, so I try and compensate accordingly.

Are you running OS X with Photoshop 7? If so, read this thread:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/99071/

There are some important changes you need to make to your PS preferences before uploading to A.net.

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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Fri Sep 05, 2003 10:36 pm

I have no experience on Apple screens (if you discount my Apple ][ from 22 or so years ago  Smile/happy/getting dizzy)So I'll let others talk about that. Generally, LCD screens are pretty awful for pictures. I'm using one right now, and all the pictures that look fabulous at home all look oversharpened and overcontrasty - entirely lacking in subtlety. I have seen a few very high-priced units (we're talking several thousands of dollars) that looked great - those are the pro units for graphics designers. Most LCDs are meant for little more than Excel and Word.

So look very carefully, and remember that if you have the deskspace to spare, you can get a terrific 19" flatscreen CRT for relatively very little money, and you will get a better image at higher resolution to boot. Get an LCD only if you need to be portable or really have no other solution because of space limitations.

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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Fri Sep 05, 2003 11:07 pm

LCD flat panels can be great for editing photos, but you need to buy the best.

I use an HP 2025 20" LCD flat panel at work, and it is STUNNING at it's highest resolution (1600x1200). As a web/graphic designer, I was skeptical about IT buying me an LCD to work on, but I must say that I am very impressed with this thing. It's pin sharp, and has great contrast.

Costs about $1500(US), so it isn't cheap. But it is worth the money - I want one for home!!

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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Fri Sep 05, 2003 11:22 pm

Here's and interesting discussion:

LCD vs. CRT for image work
http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=003wrx

Just a quick note, Apple's flatscreens are VERY different from other consumer-grade LCD screens. That's why they are so often used by design and publishing professionals. And, coincidentally, why they are also so much more expensive. But with Macs, you get what you pay for.

As with any monitor, you have to make sure it's calibrated properly and have a failsafe proofing system if you're planning on printing.

 
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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Sat Sep 20, 2003 4:56 am

L1011Fan-
I do most of my editing on a 15" iMac screen. People need to keep in mind that Apple monitors (at least LCDs) are more crisp than their PC counterparts because of the digital connection between the two. When you set an Apple flat panel next to say a Sony, the Apple will be much more crisp.

Hope this helps.

~TJ
 
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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:08 am

I have noticed that images edited on my laptop tend to shift brighter on a CRT monitor, so I try and compensate accordingly

This is because Apple uses a different default gamma setting to Windows - if you use Photoshop, you can use the View --> Proof Setup to see how an image will appear on a Mac, Windows or uncompensated RGB (eg. web browser).

Cheers,

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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:46 am

William: Have you had any further problems with .jpg's not displaying? The fact that we could view the image just fine when hosted on another page leads me to believe it is an Airliners.Net issue, or at least not an IE bug.

What do you think?
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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Sat Sep 20, 2003 6:19 am

I have:

- Never had a problem with this outside A.net.
- Not had any other corrupted JPGs since disabling ALL preview embedding in PS 7.

William
 
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RE: Apple 20" Flat Panel Display & Photos

Sun Sep 21, 2003 7:18 am

William-
I am using a Mac with Photoshop as well. I can not get any pics to display on a.net even when I use iPhoto too! Again mine work just fine when hosted elsewhere. I have tried to trouble shoot a little with Johan via email. Apparently, to this day, I still have no luck.

~TJ

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