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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4968

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I'm on a mac, I edit my photos in low light mostly. But what should I use for screen brightness? Should I be at half or full? Or doesn't it matter?
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4970

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Hi Jerry,
I use the spyder calibration tool. It tells you the range it should be in on a bar before you calibrate (it measures it first, then again when you change it) , and monitors light in the room. If the lighting changes it can tell you how to compensate. My monitor's brightness was set too high when i first started.(according to the tool)
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4971

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140 cd/m^2 is what my NEC calibration tool suggests

however i usually work at 250 cd/m^2
I just keep in mind that images will be brighter than prints
BASE YOU EDIT ON HISTOGRAM NOT ON MONITOR BRIGHTNESS

Just keep in mind that if you turn your brightness too high you will get hotspots where portions of your monitor are brighter than others. This can make it difficult to edit. How high you can go depends on the quality of your monitor. Once I pass 350 cd/m^2 i get a warning but you may not be warned if you are not on a pro grade monitor
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4972

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Speak english..lol I have no idea what you said bout 350cd stuff. Nor can I afford screen calibration equipment.
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4973

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Hi Jerry,
Try this link.
www.northlight-images.co.uk/viewing.html
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4975

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what are you doing with the photos ?
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4976

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hey good suggestion Jim. Considering he is eyeballing it.

In english words, paper is going to be a bit darker than say your tablet or phone. If you edit at max brightness and print you may see a difference in white brightness.

Also working at max brightness brings out small issues in the monitor just the same way [my attempt at an analogy] working with a lens at max open aperture can bring out issues
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4978

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Right now, i'm doing nothing with photos, except editing some for fun. I guess I will have to try and match my screen to my prints somehow
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #4981

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you could make a print and then adjust your brightness so the white of the monitor is fairly close to white of the paper.I'll guess that happens around 40% brightness considering [insert techno jargon]
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Screen Brightness 3 years 2 months ago #5005

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Jerry, try this: www.photofriday.com/calibrate.php it's on online calibrator. It's not perfect but help you balance the brightness and contrast. As far as not being able to afford a calibrator, check you local camera store the might rent them!

-Bill
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Screen Brightness 3 years 1 month ago #5031

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cool chart
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