Monitor Color Calibration

Thursday, 28 Sep 2006 | Computers, Photography

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If you're serious about digital photography, it's very important to color calibrate your monitor. It's all but impossible to judge how to post process your digital images if you're viewing them on an uncalibrated display. You may go to lengths to get the colors just right to your eye on your monitor, but you won't know if they are going to look right when you display it on the internet or print it out as a photographic print.

For this reason, I highly recommend photographers purchase a color calibration device and use it on their monitors once a month to ensure what they're seeing on screen is accurate. By color calibrating, you know your monitor is adjusted based on a non-subjective standard.

Although a color calibrated monitor is great for all photographs, it's even more critical for portraits because natural skin tones are key.

I use X-Rite's MonacoOPTIX-XR Pro personally and can recommend it without hesitation. GretagMacBeth's Eye-One Display 2 and ColorVision's Spyder2PRO are also good color calibration choices.

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Learn Italian in the Restroom

Sunday, 17 Sep 2006 | Daily, Family

On Friday night, Erin and I went to dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill. The Macaroni Grill is a place we really like for Italian food. Toni was at a work mixer that evening, so the two of us were on our own.

The think I love about the Macaroni Grill in Temecula is that you get to hear Italian vocabulary lessons while you use the restroom. The soundtrack plays a male and female voice reciting words and sentences, first in English and then in Italian. It's nice to know you're not just wasting your time while you visit the mens or ladies room. You get an education at the same time. The only down side is I want to repeat the words and phrases out loud in Italian and that can get a little embarassing. LOL

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Count Your Blessings

Monday, 11 Sep 2006 | Observations

I recently stopped by a Lenscrafters at our local mall. Erin wanted to go in to check on some frames she had seen there previously. Unfortunately they had discontinued stocking the cute pair she had admired in the past.

I happened to notice a a poster on the wall while waiting for Erin. It was a photograph of some children with glowing smiles on their faces. Their joy leaped off the paper loud and clear. These were underprivileged children who were ecstatic to be able to see clearly thanks to the work of the Lions Club. Generous people had donated their old frames so these precious children could enjoy the gift of sight.

It was so touching to see how happy they were. I have often felt sorry for myself and complained because I am not a good candidate for eye correction surgery. I don't know how many times I felt dejected because I would have to wear glasses all my life. I had tried contact lenses, but they made my eyes too dry since I work on a computer all the time.

Those smiling faces on the poster made me realize for the first time how lucky I am to have glasses to correct my vision. What a blessing it is that there is the technology to correct my vision and I can afford to own corrective lenses. I felt ashamed how ungrateful I had been, but mostly I felt truly blessed to own glasses in a way I had never experienced before. That realization brought a tear of joy to my eye.

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