Lightroom and calibrating your monitor

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tialee80's picture
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Lightroom and calibrating your monitor

Yesterday I had one of the images that I fixed in lightroom printed. The picture is so off I can't even use it. I printed the blue bubblegum picture which looked not perfect but pretty good on my monitor. When I picked it up Jasmin was bright orange. My question is if I go through the process of calibrating my monitor will it fix this problem. I can't edit as it is so I really need to fix this if I plan on using lightroom at all. Has anyone else had this problem?

Also, stupid question. Do you have to calibrate your monitor according to which print lab you use?

TracyF's picture
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Maybe the problem was with the printer, and not your image? I don't have a calibrated monitor either, but I saw your edited bubblegum picture and it was not bright orange at ALL on my screen.

Ladybugsteph's picture
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While she does look slightly orange in your edited photo, she doesn't look bright orange. Where you print your photos off can have a HUGE difference in what they look like. Where did you print? I have a lot of problems with Wal-Mart adding a TON of contrast. I have a photo of Jackson that looks crystal clear on my screen, but when I had Wal-Mart's 1 hour print it out, there was practically no detail in his eyes, and it looked really dark.

Here's a great blog post from Paint the Moon about print labs. There's even a side by side comparison of different labs.

http://paintthemoon.net/blog/2011/10/photoshop-actions-why-your-print-lab-is-so-important/

ETA: Here's another link that I had pinned on Pinterest.
http://www.zemyaphotography.com/2011/09/where-should-i-print-my-photos-bay-area.html

tialee80's picture
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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

While she does look slightly orange in your edited photo, she doesn't look bright orange. Where you print your photos off can have a HUGE difference in what they look like. Where did you print? I have a lot of problems with Wal-Mart adding a TON of contrast. I have a photo of Jackson that looks crystal clear on my screen, but when I had Wal-Mart's 1 hour print it out, there was practically no detail in his eyes, and it looked really dark.

Here's a great blog post from Paint the Moon about print labs. There's even a side by side comparison of different labs.

http://paintthemoon.net/blog/2011/10/photoshop-actions-why-your-print-lab-is-so-important/

ETA: Here's another link that I had pinned on Pinterest.
http://www.zemyaphotography.com/2011/09/where-should-i-print-my-photos-bay-area.html

I just used walgreens. I have heard great things about MPIX but I thought I would print at walgreens first to see how it came out and then send to MPIX if I liked it.
Thanks for the link WOW, what a difference!