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 Post subject: New Laptop Adjustments?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:28 pm 
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Help! New laptop. Don't know if it's showing me my pictures accurately! This photo I had to edit until it looked decent on this screen. I swear, this screen needs a contrast adjustment, but all I can find is a brightness adjustment.

I know that the picture is lacking in composition and lighting; my brother isn't big for pictures - as is evident in his smile, so I had to get it quick. But I'm basically asking if the computer is showing me the photo accurately and that this photo doesn't seem overcooked now.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Testing from different computers. Oh.. my.. gosh.. he is red and dark on this one. Next tester - my phone!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:55 pm 
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decent detail in the dark jacket. His face seems extremely warm though.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:22 pm 
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I quickly edited WB and brightness. You can use it as a rough guide.


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InFocus wrote:
I quickly edited WB and brightness. You can use it as a rough guide.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:20 am 
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Thanks, Oleg. That's how the picture looks on my new computer. Obviously I have a lot of tweaking to learn how to do with it. :(

Donna - great photo of you!

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Cass, I remember Matt and Mark posted a bunch of websites that help to calibrate a monitor. Try them, they are the best tool unless you use a calibrator.

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Cass, I remember Matt and Mark posted a bunch of websites that help to calibrate a monitor. Try them, they are the best tool unless you use a calibrator.


Thank you, Oleg! I will definitely look for that thread!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:51 am 
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Cass,

On my monitor your posted image is way warm re the skin tones. Oleg's edit looks too cool.

I would expect something along these lines for the skin tones:

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So, if I'm getting the scenario right, you edited this shot on your laptop and it looked 'overcooked' to you on the laptop, or is it that it looked fine on the laptop, but not on another monitor? If this image looked good on the laptop, then I would say it probably needs some sort of calibration. .

Manufacturers of monitors and laptops optimize their screens for multimedia and gaming because that is where the money is. It's almost never any good for editing. Also, the conditions under which you edit your images makes a big difference. The ambient light level and the color of whatever is behind the screen that's in your visual field make a huge difference. Your laptop svreen may in fact be close to calibrated, but, because environmental factors that effect your perception are involved, you're editing to what 'looks good' and that perception is taintged, so you end up with an edit that doesn't look so good under different circumstances. I sit in the dark with a neutral background for a reason!

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 Post subject: Re: New Laptop Adjustments?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:45 pm 
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Thanks, Vance!
The 2nd scenerio is right; it looked alright on my laptop but now on other monitors it looks like poopy.

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