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3 years 4 months ago #4968 by jerry
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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3 years 4 months ago #4970 by Jim St Croix
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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3 years 4 months ago #4971 by Brent Ross
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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3 years 4 months ago #4972 by jerry
Speak english..lol I have no idea what you said bout 350cd stuff. Nor can I afford screen calibration equipment.

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3 years 4 months ago #4973 by Jim St Croix

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3 years 4 months ago #4975 by JR
what are you doing with the photos ?

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3 years 4 months ago #4976 by Brent Ross
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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3 years 4 months ago #4978 by jerry
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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3 years 4 months ago #4981 by Brent Ross
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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3 years 4 months ago #5005 by Bill
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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3 years 4 months ago #5031 by Brent Ross
cool chart

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