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07/13/2009 08:16:50 AM · #1
I have come to the conclusion that my Sony Vaio's monitor clearly needs to be calibrated. However, I do not have the time (or desire) to figure out how to do this; it seems like a pain in the neck not to mention software (hardware?) that it seems I'll need to purchase.

Do you think I'll have any luck finding a computer tech guy that can do this for me? In other words, is it a common service that is available? I can certainly do research to find a dependable & recommended person/company in the area.

I'm really getting frustrated because I spend so much time editing my photos in CS4 (which I just got last week!) and then when I get to my office, the pictures look overprocessed and sometimes washed out. If it wasn't for the fact that my scores seem worse than expected most of the time, I would blame it on my office monitor. :o)
07/13/2009 08:32:23 AM · #2
Though I havn't calibrated my monitor yet, I think most who do would recommend that you purchase the hardware/software needed, as the ambient light temperature and brightness play a huge part in calibration. I may be wrong, but I think thats what the hardware does- measures the ambient light conditions and alters your monitor settings accordingly.

Hope this helps!

07/13/2009 08:34:24 AM · #3
It may be your office screen that needs calibrated! Of course you would get best results if you did both.

ETA: And i just realised that you said that already, duh!

Message edited by author 2009-07-13 08:35:26.
07/13/2009 08:40:02 AM · #4
Look back through the forums for threads dealing with "Color Space". You may be using an Adobe color space, and the others may not.
07/13/2009 08:54:00 AM · #5
Also, calibration is not a 'do once and forget about it' activity. Monitors slowly go away from calibration and need to be calibrated every 2 - 4 weeks.
07/13/2009 08:59:26 AM · #6
These are not as good as using a real hardware calibration device, but these visual tools may get things in the ballpark for you.

Photo Friday monitor calibration chart

If you have a company that services a color printer/copier at work for you, they may have the device needed to calibrate your monitor properly. The spectrometer I use to calibrate a printer also comes with software to calibrate a monitor as well. These are more expensive and accurate devices than the $150 consumer models. Even if they already service your printer on a contract, expect to pay for a service call for this.
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