Viewing Your Photographs, Monitors and color Management

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

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.

What you see may not be what you get.

Probably the most important element in digital printing, and the least thought of, is the computer monitor. Unless your monitor has some sort of calibration and color profiling applied and used with an image editing software color management system, getting prints that look like they did on your monitor is like throwing dice. They may be close, but then again, they may not. Even ambient temperature, humidity and lighting conditions can affect how color is displayed on monitors. Therefore , when enhancing and editing digital images, a certain degree of care should be taken.

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 a sRGB profile by default. Today’s newer digital devices are pretty good with handling 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.

Our digital photo printing system is professionally color managed. Our monitors are calibrated and profiled to work with the color management policies enabled in the color management software. What we see on the monitor is precisely what is printed. We personally review every photo we print to look for any issues with the photo adjustments. We will adjust and enhance your original digital photo for the very best print presentation possible at no charge.

About Color Management and Professional Digital Photo Printing

About Color Management and Professional Digital Photo Printing

Professional digital photo printing uses color management systems to provide consistent and accurate image characteristics in print reproductions. Digital color management is a very complex concept, but if basic methods of file management are followed throughout the digital photo processing and printing workflow, the print output results will be accurate with the digital camera capture.

Digital photo files are embedded with precise definitions for every characteristic of the photo image. These definitions are called color profiles. Color profiles define how software systems and hardware devices handle and reproduce color and other image characteristics such as brightness and contrast.

When you take a photo with your digital camera, every part of the image is defined with the camera’s color profile setting. It is then the job of color management software and settings to be sure all those image capture characteristics are processed and printed accurately.

Usually, after downloading a digital photo file from the camera, the next step would be to open that photo file in an image editing software like Photoshop for digital photo processing and possible enhancements. To be sure you are viewing the actual photo accurately, the image editing software must have color management policies enabled or you may be viewing the photo with some default display color profile. You should also be using a monitor that has been calibrated and profiled or any digital processing or enhancements made may not be displayed correctly.

The working space color profile of the image editing software should be the same color profile as used by the digital camera for the most accurate display. Software conversion of color profiles is possible but for the most consistent workflow, it is best to use the same profile from capture to print. if your image editing software has a soft proofing feature available, you should also enable this feature with the same color profile as used with the digital camera.

After you have finished any digital photo processing and enhancements, the next and most important step, is to utilize specific color management for professional digital photo printing results. Professional photo printing involves the merger of the photo’s embedded color profile, the color definition characteristics of the digital printer inks used and the specific type of print media used. Professional color management software takes into account the specific characteristics and definitions of all three variables in the digital photo printing equation and produces digital photo prints that reproduce the precise image that was originally captured by the digital camera.

We utilize and completely reply on highly advanced color management software included in our RIP software (raster image processing), for accurate and precise professional digital photo printing. All of our digital photo processing and printing systems, including high resolution monitors and image editing software, employ full color management and color profiling features that are state of the art.

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How to View the True Optical or Visual Quality of Digital Photos using Photoshop CS:


How to View the True Optical or Visual Quality of Digital Photos using Photoshop CS:

If you can see the entire digital photo on your monitor, you are probably not seeing the actual optical quality of that digital photo. The photo has most likely been compressed to fit on the computer screen. This means that all the image details have also been compressed, and they will appear much sharper or detailed than they actually may be.

To view the true optical or visual quality of a digital photo you need to display the image pixels at 100% view on your monitor. At this view, you are seeing the actual quality of the digital photo in terms of image sharpness and detail, along with any other image issues that may be present. Of course, this would be like looking at any photo enlargement print at just a few inches away, but it will give you the true optical view of your digital photo, and with our advanced digital photo processing system, this is precisely how your photo enlargements will print.

If you use any version of Photoshop, or even many other image editing applications, it is very easy to inspect your digital photo’s true visual quality. Simply open the original digital photo file and zoom to 100% magnification. Then take the move tool and look all around the image to see exactly how it will print when enlarged.

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Self-pace, enjoyable locations to photograph. Non formal instruction. 

Scheduled Retreats

July 31-August 3, 2019

Milky Way, Monsoons (Lightning)

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Knowledge of your camera

Designed to take a student from level 1 (point and shoot) to level 3 (understanding exposure and your camera capabilities). Most of the training is one-on-one in the field with a maximum number of six students. 

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Camera Resolution Settings

Camera Color Parameter or Color Profile

Learn to use Camera White Balance Settings

Camera Exposure Settings

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We are dropping the name Photo Art Imaging to simplify locating us on the web.

We do not own Photartimaging.com so this has caused some confusion for or customers trying to find us on the web.

The domain name of enlargephotos.com is the site we have own for over 16 years.

We feel this will help you are customers in locating us easier.

Pro Quality Enlarge Photos.

The Colorado Springs location has been closed for a few years and will drop the Colorado Springs phone number. Area code (719)

Our main phone number will be (575) 740-7468

415 North Date Street

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. 87901

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Level – Basic 

  • Basic guide will use our online calculators and other tools we provide, it requires no additional equipment beside your camera.

Level – Advance

  • Advance guide will go more in-depth and may require photo editing software.

Level – Technical

  • Technical guides provide technical information such as mathematical equations, in-depth photo editing tools.