Calibrate your computer monitor!

November 11, 2018

Do you print your own photos? Do you sell or share your images with others? Have you calibrated your computer monitor lately?

I had read “Calibrate your monitor before you print your images or share them with others!”  I have an iMac computer and the colors on the monitor’s screen looked fine with me.  So why bother?

However, since I was having trouble with colors when printing my images, I decided to take the plunge and buy a device to calibrate my monitor.  I purchased a Spyder5pro from B&H on sale for about $100.  After I ran the software to calibrate my iMac’s monitor, I was amazed by the difference!   First, like many people I had the monitor’s brightness too high which means when I adjusted my images in Lightroom they would print too dark.  Also, the colors were slightly off!  And, the calibration solved the weird colors that I was seeing when I printed an image!

On the left is a sample image that I had adjusted in Lightroom before the monitor was calibrated.  On the right is the same image adjusted again in Lightroom AFTER the calibration.  The one on left should appear a little dark with a slight change in colors. Of course, the appearance depends on if the monitor you are using is calibrated properly! 🙂










The bottom line:  You need to calibrate your monitor before you adjust them in a program like Lightroom or Photoshop if you plan to print them, sell or share your images with others. It really does matter!


Posted by Dan Hyde

Dan is the Chair of the Lewisburg Photography Club.