I posted this at ILP but thought I'd post it here because maybe some of you can help.
I am getting a bit frustrated and desperate! I hope someone here can help me out a bit. I have Spyder3Pro and have calibrated my laptop before as well as the external monitor I use with it. Well, I was having computer problems and ended up switching to my husbands desktop computer which is also a good place to edit because the lighting is consistent. It wasn't so consistent where I usually have my laptop what with windows and all that around me. BUT this summer I went on vacation and took it with me and edited some pictures and printed through mpix and the results were great! It looked like what I had on my monitor which is the whole point of calibrating right? That your prints turn out the way you want them to? Anyway, ever since moving to my husbands computer I have been having such a hard time calibrating.
First of all, I don't have the users manual to these monitors anymore. I just kind of went by what I saw the first time and it was just fine. Now, I'm not so sure. I have a Benq FP222W monitor. It's very simple and of course not high end. I plan on getting a good monitor to edit with in the future but not anytime soon of course. So I have to use what I have. I have searched these forums for answers as well as googled a lot of stuff. I am still very confused. I know my monitor is a lcd monitor that has brightness and contrast on the side of the monitor that I can adjust. I also know that it has some presets. I tried calibrating using a preset but it looked like my high lights were a bit blown because they weren't smooth at all. I finally used factory default settings (preset standard mode) and am using that right now. It looks alot better that's for sure. But why would Spyder3Pro say that it's ok to use a preset to calibrate yet it says to use factory settings? Also, on my on screen menu I have a Color option, I press enter and it takes me to RGB sliders that I can adjust. I tried using that the first time I calibrated and was messing with the sliders when it asked me to get them to the same level inside the little box area. Finally, I thought I was calibrated but then everything else looked really blue. A blue color cast. It was horrible! And that's when I read about it being OK to use a preset. SO I went back and unchecked the little box next to RGB sliders and continued that way with the preset. And it turned out ok but still something looked off. The highlights looked weird. A bit blown....... *sigh* ........ I'm so confused. I don't know what to do anymore so I just used standard mode, and factory default settings which on my monitor is Brightness 90 and Contrast 50, did NOT check mark RGB sliders and calibrated .... and now all I can do is check with you all if the picture I edited below is looking somewhat normal.
I just edited this right now. I edited in ACR and played with the Basic, Tone Curve, and Detail tabs but that's it. Then resized and sharpened for web and added watermark in PS. How does it look to you? now that I look at it, it seems to be a little too warm (yellow) but my daughters skin tone is a bit hard sometimes because she's got a bit of an olive skin tone. It also just might be my editing. This picture was taken indoors with my speedlight. Is it underexposed too? Please feel free to play so I can see a result! Thank you sooo much for your help!!! Anything will help right now so CC away!
i have been working on calibrating almost all day with no luck. i don't know what i am doing wrong. If someone that is calibrated could help me out even just a little bit I would truly appreciate it. I've calibrated dozens of times now and something still looks off. Way off. Everything still looks a bit too warm/yellow. What I had before, it doesn't really look that way anymore. I'm beginning to wonder if it's this darn monitor. or some setting i'm overlooking.
you know, this time difference sucks because while i've been working on this all day everyone else has been asleep everyone that posts on the forums are mostly in the usa. So yeah It is hard waiting all day long and not even that, i have to wait all night because when everyone is getting off work, i'm off to bed. lol
The lights in your room really can affect how your monitor is calibrated.
What I've read to do is set your monitor to factory settings then calibrate. So I did that the first couple of times. I don't anymore, as I HAVE to change the brightness on my monitor. My prints were coming back really dark because my monitor is bright. So I severely decreased the brightness and I don't change it at all when I calibrate. Prints are coming back good, so I think the sole adjustment was enough. Now, I don't have the Pro version so I don't know about the extra stuff. My advice is to go with the factory settings when you calibrate and then look at your monitor in different light (at night with lights on, during the day with natural light and then natural light blocked out).
I would have replied earlier, but my desktop keeps dropping my internet connection and I've really not been able to do much online all day (which is why I'm still awake at 12:15 instead of being in bed - trying to catch up!)
thanks Gwen! I appreciate it! I think I will do that and see what it looks like at different times. I have my computer desk under the stairs by a wall. I get a lot of indirect natural light...on good sunny days...but usually not that much since most days are gloomy so it's always a bit dark in this corner. I am going to keep my spyder connected at all times. I really wasn't doing that before and I noticed a lot of my edits look a bit different. Oops! I have to go buy some usb port thing though. All my usb ports are being used (monitor, mouse, keyboard). I use an external monitor and keyboard as well as mouse lol for my laptop...haha.
I wish I could help but I am not properly calibrated, apart from eyeballing it with the software that comes on the mac. However, your shot looks pretty good colourwise to me, I don't see anything really obvious.