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Calibrating Your Monitor

It is important that your computer monitor is correctly calibrated. If it is not, images projected on the club equipment may not look as they do at home. Also, your prints may not come out the way you expect them to.

Some expensive professional monitors have built in calibration, but most of us will need to use a monitor calibration tool. There are a number available and, as usual, the more expensive models tend to give more features and better results. 

The most commonly used by members are

Calibration is quite a complicated area which we will address more fully before the next competition season starts. 

If, in the meantime, there is a mismatch between what you image looks like on your computer and how it appears on a projector, or in print, you might find the articles listed below useful. Alternatively speak to one the more experienced club members and they may be able to advise you.

It does not take long to calibrate a monitor – about twenty  minutes is the norm and is fairly straight forward process.

  1. How to calibrate your monitor for the best viewing experience (Digital Trends)
    Contains some very good advice of how you can do so on Windows and on a Mac without using a calibration tool
  2. How to calibrate your monitor  (Photography Life
  3. Monitor calibration for photography (Cambridge Colour) 
  4. How to calibrate your monitor and why you need to do it. 

If you decide to purchase one of those listed above please do so via our Amazon link. Alternatively ask at a club night if a club member has one that they could lend to you – they are about! 

If you can’t afford to buy your own, ask around and one of the members may be willing to lend theirs for a short time. Alternatively, a better than nothing solution is to download a free software package Monitor Calibration Wizard. This lets you generate a correction profile  ‘by eye’.


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