Choosing The Correct Monitor Is So Important

For years, the debate has raged between which is better for graphics, Mac or PC. Now before you think this is another article about why to use one over the other, it really isn’t. It’s more about what monitor are you using and is it the best for producing the best quality in your images.

A couple days ago while looking through images I ran across some edits I had done a couple years ago. What I was surprised or appalled by the most was how orange/red the skin tones were. Yuck! Seeing these made me reflect on what I was doing back then and what had changed.

At the time, I originally edited this set of images, I had recently had my Apple monitor’s power supply die so as a way to save money bought a new Dell monitor. I figured that since Dell had such a great reputation for their PC’s their monitors had to be good as well. So I took the monitor home, immediately calibrated it and started to work; not thinking anything would be wrong. Fast forward a few months and I switched back to an Apple monitor and sold the Dell. I am not saying that there was anything wrong with the Dell, just that there is a difference in monitor quality even with the correct calibration.

I am sure reading this many of you are thinking that I am promoting Apple displays when actually I am promoting that you spend the money on a decent monitor. What ever monitor you use make sure it’s a good one. Take some time to research the better ones and spend as much as you can afford and get a good one. Above all, take some time to calibrate it regularly. A good monitor may cost you more now but when you think about the time reworking images the added cost is nothing.

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