I'm not going to lie. I am in a bit of a nyquil induced coma right now, so please forgive any sluring of type and illogical sentences that may come about in this blog post.
But, I really do mean what I said. Change your life photo editing tool.
I had been meaning to buy a monitor color calibration system for months. Literally months. But, I honestly didn't want to spend the money on it. It is not a fun photo accessory. It's not a lens or an action or a new camera bag. It was technical and boring. No me gusta.
I also wasn't even convinced I needed it.
I visually matched up my monitor to the prints from my professional lab, and I knew that all of my clients computer monitors would not be calibrated, so I didn't quite see the point. I just new it was something "professional" photographers spouted about in forums. "Are you calibrated?" "Well, only post here if your calibrated." "I would like to help, but I only speak to calibrated photographers."
Then, Ronald bought me the Spyder 3 for my birthday, and it literally flipped my editing world upside down. I'm not kidding. Up. Side. Down.
I hung this crazy thing in the middle of my monitor and let it go to work. After it did its thing, I could not believe how different the before and after looked. I had really thought that my monitors were okay, but it turns out that they were super blue and all of my old edits looked really gross and yellow.
The strangest part? My images look way better on all monitors now, even uncalibrated ones. I was sure it would not make that much of a difference, but I was wrong. I wish I could explain the science behind it, but that would mean I would have to understand it. All I know is that my editing and the color of my images look consistently better on both calibrated and uncalibrated monitors.
If you have been thinking about calibrating your monitors, I would highly recommend it. You can even rent a calibration system if you don't have the money to buy. If this is all new to you, look into it. Find out some more information, and please feel free to ask me any questions that you want.
P.P.S. I have been in bed all weekend with a cold and pretty much want to die! One week before Christmas, too. Not cool. Need a quick fix and would love your comment company while I'm laid up with a pile of tissues and cold medicine. :)