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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)
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
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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