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by Brenda K. Hipsher – December 26th, 2011

Our good friend Moose Peterson sent me a note just before the holidays and included the guest blog below to share with you. As you’ll read in the article below Moose believes in regular calibration and profiling for monitors.  For many of you this may seem like a no brainer. But there are some who still do not understand the absolute necessity of calibrating and profiling monitors.  For a variety of reasons nature and landscape photographers often say things like “the colors don’t have to be exact because nature photography is about a feeling.” Well Moose agrees!  And that’s exactly why he says you must calibrate and profile your monitors so that when you finish the image preparing it for printing you can have the opportunity to recreate that feeling you had when you shot the picture and move that feeling onto the printed page so others can enjoy the same level of emotion. Please note that all images in this post © 2011 Moose Peterson. Enjoy!

Why I Think Profiling EVERY Monitor is a Must

by Moose Peterson

This might strike you as funny, but I’m really not a numbers guy. I’m a visual guy. This vision starts before I click then to when I click carrying through to the mouse click in finishing an image for the final click to send that image out or make the print. I really hate numbers because as soon as you get them involved, it means you have to memorize them and I simply don’t have that brain capacity. It’s for that very reason I profile ALL my monitors!

My desktop running two Cintiq 21UXs are profiled very Tuesday morning and my Dell m4500 & m6500 every other Tuesday using the i1Pro and i1Proflier software. I do this very anally for the very specific reason that I don’t do numbers, I do everything visually. I can depend on a profiled monitor and I’ve not ever been let down by my profile. Finishing that landscape or aviation image for press or finishing any image for print is vital for my business. If the image coming out of the computer doesn’t work, it’s real simple, I’ve failed (and failure is a real hard way to make a living). Let’s just take the printing process for a good example.

My personal mark for quality is the 24×30 print.  If I can see ANY default in the capture or the finishing process when a 24×30 size image comes off an Epson 7900, it’s not good enough for my standards. This all starts at the point of capture. The old computer adage still holds very true with digital cameras – garbage in, garbage out. With the good stuff in, the finishing has to be top notch and color is an essential, repeat, essential part of that process (and B&W in my book is still colors). Then we have to hit the P button to output that image. That’s where soft proofing comes into play if for no other reason to cut down the costs associated with printing. Is there any part of this process where profiling your monitor doesn’t scream out as a must? I don’t think so!

Moose Peterson on X-Rite Color ManagementLet’s make sure we are clear though on one point when it comes to profiling and my workflow. Never did I say I profile to make the print match the monitor! Personally, I don’t believe in that because a transmitted source of light can never match a reflected light source. I profile so what I see and more importantly what I feel is on the monitor and with soft proofing I know they will be there when I print. You might think this is splitting hairs when talking about profiling. It is hard to make my points in a blog posting when I need you to SEE and FEEL the final print. Monitor profiling is what I believe is required in my own photography and so far it has served me well with the overwhelming fine art print sale business we enjoy.

Have you ever asked yourself why we take photographs in the first place? I would like to think that beyond the personal satisfaction it’s to share our good fortune and the wonders we are able to capture with others. In that sharing process, the print reigns as king. You want the color you worked so hard to capture in that sunset, mountainside, meadow, or critter to smack the viewer of your image right between the eyes and grab their heartstrings. Monitor profiling is the path to that reward. I rely on Xrite solutions to get what I saw and felt and then get that story out to you, the viewer of my images for nearly two decades. Yeah, X-Rite solutions are simply that good!

Thanks so much Moose for sharing your thoughts with us on the need for monitor calibration and profiling. It’s a pleasure to feature you as a guest blog during this final week of 2011.  Be sure to visit www.moosepeterson.com for great images, information on workshops and programs, Moose’s blog, and much, much more!


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