The kitchen wall at Guerilla Cafe, Berkeley, CA
I use a Mac for my photos and just assumed that the colors on the monitor were accurate and fabulous. This, coupled with my laziness, made me never feel the urge to calibrate my monitor. But then a friend kindly offered his calibration software, promised it’d be fast and easy, and I said yes and hoped that I wouldn’t notice a big difference after calibration (because otherwise, all my post-processing would be off!).
You know where this is going, right? So now I have a calibrated monitor… and ho boy, there’s a difference. Before calibration, it seemed more desaturated, cooler toned, and less contrasty. And now after calibration, it’s the opposite! More saturated and much higher contrast than I expected. And my colors look way off. I am going to recalibrate again just in case we did it wrong, but my goodness… I’m surfing around the internet and now all photos seem so saturated! Is this how it is? Are pictures really like this? (Although the colors Jamie Beck’s photos looked perfect before and after, so who knows.)
So, long story short, if my photos are indeed as high contrast and saturated as it now appears on my computer… I don’t know. I don’t even know, guys.
Happy Friday, though. And calibrate your monitor! (And yes, that’s why I did a b&w processing on this picture — who knows what the color and contrast actually looks like!)