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  • #7901
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    Mervin Heywood
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    Straight away, apologies for the ‘dryness’ of the topic’s title but I couldn’t think of a simpler or more concise way of putting it!

    I have a desktop PC and a laptop, both of which I use for working on my photographs, and both of which I have carried out basic calibration on (as much as you can with the step by step wizard in Windows 7 & 8). I know there are calibration devices and software out there and I’m sure they’re as expensive as they’ve ever been, so I won’t be investing in any of them in  hurry … I’d much rather spend what little spare money I have on camera kit.

    So, to the point of the post … I still have discrepancies between my two PCs, particularly when it comes to overall brightness of my images. With the next PDI competition coming up and it being my first opportunity to enter some of my work I’m worried that the projected image will be different again. Does anyone know of any better ways of calibrating between display devices without breaking the bank?

    #7904
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    meg cumming
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    Mervin sorry I can’t help with the technicalities with this problem. But I seem to remember somewhere in the depths of my mind the club had a calibration monitor/unit(!?) but that was a couple of years ago. Some members used it and were very happy with the results but others were disatified by the results because (don’t quote me on this) it made the problem worse on their computer.

    Does anyone else remember being able to borrow the calibration unit?

    #7906
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    D. Williams
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    The club does have a Spyder calibrator which it loans out for a very small fee  (a pound or 2 from memory) to members.  The fee is to cover eventual replacement.  I am not sure if it is currently working but will check for you asap.  I have an Athlon processor in my laptop and believe that as this has an integral graphics chip, that it is less suitable for calibration with this monitor.

    I borrowed it a couple of years ago and did not take the risk myself … but only because I became aware of this compatibility issue as well as the previous user having had a problem with their own machines after using it.  I think that a long as you save your current settings before recalibrating then it is easy enough to restore if there is a problem or if you are unhappy with the results. I decided not to fix something that in my case wasn’t broken as I was happy with how my colours projected during a competition, which was pretty close to on my then new laptops screen.

    I think that Tom is the man who has custody of the beast so we need to ask him re it’s working condition.  Ian W will probably have the answer to any technical issues.  I am not sure who is available at the moment but we can certainly sort it out in time for the first comps PDI entries for you Mervin. 🙂

    #7936
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    ajroyle
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    Do ask for the Spyder Mervin. The calibration provided by windows is only suitable for general use. A laptop is hard to keep consistent because the picture varies so much when viewed at slightly different angles but the Spyder should offer a big improvement. Brightness itself is a difficult one – a bit “suck it and see” – I’ll let you know if your entries look overly bright if you send them in early.

    #7940
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    Mervin Heywood
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    I’m more worried they’ll look overly dark to be honest with you John. I’ve pretty much got them sorted now so sending them to you early won’t be an issue.

    Can someone confirm who I need to speak to about the Spyder please?

    #7946
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    Ian McNab
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    Merv >>> Talk to Tom about Spyder.

    #7952
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    Interesting Mervin- while I may have contributed to Spyder have never seen it and could not help much with the problem as John and Ian will do. So while I have an appreciation to calibrate the monitor with the printer–so what you see on the screen is what you get out of the printer. But -I do not see the need to calibrate for PDI”s—I may well be wrong  so don”t go by that.  My working for PDI”s if of help is  to set the monitor what seems to be correct and in particular-WITH THE GREY SCALE CHART-we were given  some years ago –set the monitor to show the correct gradation from –White –through all the greys–to Black. Screen resolution and all the things you do for the screen image to appear correct.   Then for me its down to adjustments in Serif (PS)–to dark or to light etc. My knowledge of calibration is zilch–but I would be interested to have a better understanding of the need to calibrate for PDI”s. Probably not helped much Mervin-sorry.

    #7956
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    Mervin Heywood
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    That’s okay Ken, I think the built in Windows adjustment routine does a similar thing with regard to greyscale … it’s certainly an improvement over what it was previously. I’ll give it a go with the Spyder and if I have any joy I’ll share whatever I learn 🙂

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