Don’t let a de­cep­tive dis­play fool you. Cal­i­brat­ing your com­puter mon­i­tor lets your pho­tos’ true colours shine through

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You’d have thought all mon­i­tors would come pre-set to dis­play at their best. To be fair, an aver­age user view­ing hol­i­day snaps will be usu­ally be happy with de­fault dis­play set­tings. How­ever, imag­ing en­thu­si­asts de­mand more – any colour casts or con­trast bias just won’t do. At the very least, you want other people to have the best chance of see­ing the same colours as you see.

This is where mon­i­tor cal­i­bra­tion comes in. By stick­ing an ‘elec­tronic eye’ (a col­orime­ter) on your screen and fir­ing a se­lec­tion of colours at it, any colour dis­crep­an­cies can be de­tected and your com­puter pro­grammed to com­pen­sate its colour out­put for the traits of your mon­i­tor. You can then edit your pic­tures know­ing oth­ers will see what you see. What’s more, it needn’t cost big bucks to get great colour ac­cu­racy.

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