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Should You Be Calibrating Your Monitor?

By Anthony Thurston on September 10th 2013

Have you ever taken a picture and processed it on your computer, then gone to have it printed out and gotten a print that looks different from what you saw on your monitor? If so then you likely need to have your monitor calibrated.


The disconnect comes because monitors and printers read and display color differently, so it is sometimes (most of the time really) necessary to need your monitor to be calibrated so that the colors you see on your screen match what a printer can recreate. So, if you have any intention of having your images printed after processing them on your computer than you should really think about having your monitor calibrated.

There are many products out there on the market to calibrate your monitor, I personally use a Sypder4 system by Datacolor. Mark Wallace from AdoramaTV recently did a great video working with an Xrite system called i1. He also goes over why you need to calibrate your monitor and the differences between prints and your monitor. Take a look below:

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  2. Rob Watson

    Does it matter what it looks like on the screen so long as it matches the print?

    I hate how my calibrated monitor looks but the prints do actually match close enough to proclaim WYSIWYG.

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  3. jonno

    in regards to your colouring/brightness problems above, I had a problem calibrating my laptop and I found out because I had 2 colour profiles. One was the default colour profile the other was for my graphics card. Make sure you are calibrating the Graphics card, obviously, if that`s the one that is controlling your profile. I hope this helps.

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  4. Jim Davies

    I sometimes wonder if some of the issues over colour after calibration are down to how your eyes are tuned to viewing your images.

    If you get a blue hue, it’s probably because your eyes were so used to looking at an overly warm coloured screen. When the yellow warm colour has been corrected it may appear that your monitor has taken on a different look….. which of course it has. A corrected one.

    I may of course be wrong. My last Spyder was the Spyder2 and it worked ok. I now use the Colormunki Photo and can calibrate both my monitors and my printer (which also needs to be profiled for each different paper I use).

    Colour management is a very tricky thing ;)

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  5. Jerry Curl

    I did not get the x rite due to the complaints of brown, orange, or yellow hues left on the screen after using them. Obviously some people have luck with them but too many complaints in general for the x rite products.

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  6. Pedro

    I have also a Xrite i1display Pro and have the same issue as John Lee.
    I’ve tried over a dozen times and also get a orange/cyan/magenta cast in 27″ IMac and less in 17″ MacBook Pro

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  7. John Lee

    I just picked up the Spyder 4 Elite and I’ve tried over a dozen times to calibrate my monitors..they just come out with a blue or orange tint for me…

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    • Ryan

      It likely is a bad unit or there is a problem with how it is interfacing with your screen. I’d give Spyder a call.

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    • Doede

      My screen goes so blue (cold) that I don’t like the result of my Spyde4Express. Maybe I’ll call Spyder, as Ryan mentions.

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