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10/16/2013 04:16:51 AM · #1
Hi everyone,

I use my laptop for PP of all my photographs. They look stunning then ;)

yesterday I checked them on my desktop, and the photos did not look the same. probably the reason behind my low scores on DPC :D

It must be due to faulty calibration of the two screens.
Please advise me how can I set them right. So that I can see my photographs in true color - that would lead to printouts as seen on monitor.
10/16/2013 04:34:17 AM · #2
Editing on a laptop is generally not recommended for several reasons. First, your viewing angle, viewing distance, and ambient light conditions vary considerably on a laptop so you never have a constant reference point when you're looking at it, regardless of how well or if it's calibrated. Laptops often have screens that are of lower quality, as well, so that's another consideration.

I guess my question is, if you have both, why do you edit on a laptop by default?

Second, are both screens calibrated?
10/16/2013 09:10:06 AM · #3
Here are two good resources online:

http://www.displaycalibration.com/color_depth.html

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/monitor-calibration.htm

I edit on a laptop myself (it's my only computer) but it's a VERY good laptop with an excellent 18-inch screen...
10/16/2013 10:07:11 AM · #4
Calibrated IPS panel for me. Was a HUGE difference between laptop and desktop. Best move I made replacing my broke laptop with a proper desktop.
10/17/2013 04:44:05 AM · #5
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

Editing on a laptop is generally not recommended for several reasons. First, your viewing angle, viewing distance, and ambient light conditions vary considerably on a laptop so you never have a constant reference point when you're looking at it, regardless of how well or if it's calibrated. Laptops often have screens that are of lower quality, as well, so that's another consideration.

I guess my question is, if you have both, why do you edit on a laptop by default?

Second, are both screens calibrated?


I use laptop just for the sake of convenience. But now I do realize that my laptop's display isn't good enough.
Since I have no idea of how to calibrate the displays, neither of the monitors is calibrated.
Is there any software/program that could do the calibration?
10/17/2013 04:47:16 AM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Here are two good resources online:

http://www.displaycalibration.com/color_depth.html

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/monitor-calibration.htm

I edit on a laptop myself (it's my only computer) but it's a VERY good laptop with an excellent 18-inch screen...


thanks for the resources. at first look the process seems rather complicated to do it manually. does windows have an inbuilt program to do it? or some other software i can get?
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