« on: October 12, 2013, 05:37:53 AM »
What makes one monitor vs. another good for photo editing? (If anything).
I want to get a new one, and I want to get the right type. Not looking to spend more than $400 or so unless there is a good reason, and I really don't need anything bigger than about 23" or 24" or so. I use Lightroom, but plan to get into Photoshop Elements sooner or later.
As others said: A good panel technology like IPS or S-PVA is very helpful due it's high contrast and low susceptibility of viewing angles.
But it is very important to have stable lighting conditions around the monitor. I would recommend an halogene incandescent lamp or a LED lamp with good color rendering (CRI > 80, better > 90 if available).
The same goes for the monitor settings: I use sRGB and don't fiddle around with the contrast and color settings.
To get some idea of the differences between monitor and printouts of a photo dealer I used 9 photographs containing different typical photographs with varying contrasts, colors, etc. - It matched well so I trust my monitor.
ADD: If I say the photo dealer that I do not want any post processing he prints the images directly without any changes - I had only 2 iterations - but if the printouts weren't o.k., my postprocessing was definitly suboptimal (or the photograph was not worth it to be printed).
A procedural remark: During editing colors sometimes I use a smaller view to decrese the image size compared to the (gray) frames of my OS/applications. This helps my eyes (and brain) to calibrate a gray as "standard" and not e.g. the green of a photograph of a forest.
Good luck for your "monitor choice process" - Best, Michael