A.net photo gurus,
Ever since I've been taking digital photos and posting them to this site, I've been using a monitor with 1600 x 1200 resolution. I run Photoshop CS on a Dell Inspiron 8100 in which 1600 x 1200 is the native screen format. For a laptop, the screen on the Inspiron is awesomely sharp, and I can get away with a lot of USM and and other corrections without adding artifacts like jaggies and noise.
Once in a while, I'll log onto the site from my wife's machine or my computer at work (both with "standard" 1024 x 768 screens) and notice that my photos look a lot "worse." Even though I upload shots in both 1600 and 1024 pixel sizes (depending on the relative quality of the shot), I consistently find more noise and image artifacts in my photos after looking at them on a 1024 x 768 monitor. Obviously when viewed on a 1024 my photos are a lot "larger," so some photo flaws are a little easier to spot - but i'm wondering if these are just due to the fact that I'm using a lower quality monitor?
My conundrum is this - when post processing, should I continue to optimize my images so that they look great on my sierra-hotel 1600x1200 screen, or modify my workflow so that they display correctly on everyone else's? Or, for that matter, does it make any difference?
Of course, for all intensive purposes, the differences I see when using different monitors could just be inside my head.
I'm all ears if any of you bazillion photo-view folks have any thoughts.