Laptop monitor differences
Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:56 PM
When I open the laptop I try to angle it so my view is at 90 degrees to the screen. Obviously it's not always precisely 90 degrees, and obviously the different angles, even if it's only a few degrees off, change the brightness of the screen. If the angle is different one time to the next, the brightness is different and my approach to processing is different. One photo I edited a year ago might look underexposed and a photo from a month ago might look overexposed when they are reviewed together.
I am curious how other laptop users ensure consistency so they don't have similar problems.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:25 PM
Yes, there are 'better' laptops, but that is a relative term. Many who take things seriously will connect their laptop to a separate monitor.
That said, a very good choice for photo-editing is an IPS panel monitor. From Wiki:
In-Plane Switching (IPS): IPS panel
In-Plane Switching was developed by Hitachi Ltd. in 1996 to improve on the poor viewing angle and the poor color reproduction of TN panels at that time. Its name comes from the main difference from TN panels, that the crystal molecules move parallel to the panel plane instead of perpendicular to it. This change reduces the amount of light scattering in the matrix, which gives IPS its characteristic wide viewing angles and good color reproduction.
I went to an IPS monitor (a Dell) about 3 years ago, and the difference was tremendous. My consistency and colour control for printing improved so very much.
IPS panel monitors have come down in price, and many can be had for under $300.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:40 AM
The only thing that I have heard is if you have a smart phone, pull the image up on that as smart phone displays are supposed to be very neutral and very consistent. Again, I stress "I have heard" but I do believe it to be true. But that will help more with color balance than exposure. For exposure you may have to rely on histogram data in whatever editing software you are using and expose to that instead of to visual cues.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:42 AM
The only thing that I have heard is if you have a smart phone, pull the image up on that as smart phone displays are supposed to be very neutral and very consistent. Again, I stress "I have heard" but I do believe it to be true.
ah, that explains why my pictures look 10 times better on my phone, since my only computer is my laptop!
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:28 AM
It's also interesting how smart phones are getting some of the best display tech out there. Whether it's the "retina" display on the iPhone, or the AMOLED displays on some of the better Androids, they all seem to have really amazing displays.
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