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What You Need to Know About Your Monitor and How it Displays Digital Photos

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Have you ever walked into an electronics store and seen a dozen or so TV’s all on the same channel? How many of them display the on screen images exactly the same? This is exactly how you need to think about computer monitors and how they display digital photos. Both the TV signal and digital photos have embedded image data with precise profile definitions on how to display the images but the display device, the TV or monitor, present the image definitions according to the device calibrations.

Your operating system will by default, assign a color profile to your monitor. Generally speaking, this will be some sort of RGB or sRGB profile. Most digital cameras will capture in an sRGB profile by default. Today’s newer digital devices are pretty good with handing digital color, although the colors a monitor displays can alter or change over time. Keeping the capture color space or profile of your camera the same as the color profile assigned to your monitor will help with accurate color display.

When you view a digital photo on your monitor the color is usually not the real issue. The issues are with the brightness and contrast the monitor displays. These settings by default are almost always far brighter than standardized color profiles established for professional digital image editing and printing. In other words, how you see the digital photo on your monitor is most likely much lighter and brighter than it actually is according to the standardized image definitions embedded in the photo file data. Monitor brightness and contrast calibrations are usually set bright to compensate for the ambient lighting conditions of the average user.

The only way to properly calibrate and profile your monitor is to use professional calibration software systems. This will include software and a hardware device that actually reads colors, grayscales, brightness and contrast the monitor displays as the software application runs, creating a color profile for you monitor. The second part of enabling correct color management on your system is to enable color management policies in the image editing software used, and setting soft proofing policies. With these systems set properly, the digital photo you see on the monitor should be displayed accurately in regard to color, brightness and contrast.

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