I received the following question:
At the Henry’s Show, you made reference to the importance of calibrating your monitor. Would you mind discussing that one day on your blog? I’m utterly clueless about it. Thanks. Enjoy your daily emails immensely!
Welcome, and the pleasure is mine. Solet me answer your question.
What does “calibrating your monitor” do?
It ensures that the colours it displays are as accurate as possible. So that white is real white, and so on.
How does it work?
You buy a “spider”: a light sensor that you temporarily hang right in front of your screen. Like a “Huey”, or various larger spiders. The software that comes with the sensor then makes the screen flash all sorts of colours. The sensor looks at these and can tell whether, say, red is a bit brighter than green. It then adjusts the output of your screen accordingly tp correct for this, and creates a new “monitor profile”. That ensures your colour is accurate.
Why should I do it?
Ah, good question. Well, to understand this, imagine your monitor shows a bit more green than it should. When editing your images, say with Photoshop, you would decrease the green to make your images look good.
Now you send that edited image to a friend. Or you put it on a web site. The viewer look at it – and thinka it looks red (the absence of green makes it look too red)! Or if you print it, it would come out looking too red.
That is the reason you should really calibrate your monitor. It’s important!