Time marches on. And just like human beings, machines grow older and change as the months and years pass. In fact, machines tend to age and break down even faster than we do! But besides becoming obsolete, your laptop or desktop can change in another way that will directly affect your photographs.
I’m talking about color change. There’s a funny thing about the human brain: it’s great at side-by-side comparisons, but not so much about judging any one object by itself. A photo can look great to you on your monitor, but when the print is produced, you may notice something a bit “off” about it when you hold it up to the image on your screen.
This can happen to your computer due to manual alterations to the contrast, new software changing things, or just good old-fashioned age. Either way, it’s a good idea to recalibrate your monitor’s settings every few months to make sure nothing’s amiss.
There’s two major ways to do this. There are some free tools that help you do it manually (Windows has “Calibrate Display Color” and Mac has “Display Calibrator Assistant”). Or you can spring for an automated solution like the Spyder (shown above).
Regular calibration may seem like a hassle, but I can vouch for the fact that, if nothing else, it gives peace of mind. Knowing that your clients get the sort of product they expect is essential. 🙂
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