C. David Tobie: Top Ten Reasons to Calibrate Your Displays
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10. Eye Strain

Really, don’t you have enough stress in your life without eyestrain and headaches from a display that causes glare or is difficult to view? Using an advanced display calibrator corrects the mismatches that cause eye strain.

9. Quality of Life.

Yes, having faith that your images are right will make you a more successful imaging professional, or a happier imaging amateur. Either way, you’ll be more satisfied with the work you do.

8. Money.

Thats right; the cost of calibration is lower than the cost of trial and error prints for those who produce much output. But even web-work will benefit, and reduce tweaking later in the process.

7. Control.

Admit it, you’re a closet control freak. And once you see the level of control display calibration adds to your work, you will never want to work without it again.

6. Precision.

You drive a German engineered car, or at least wish you did. That kind of precision is possible in your digital imaging as well, with proper color management. And you’ll never have to send your display calibrator to the shop for expensive repairs…

5. Simplicity.

Yes, display calibration products are easier to use than ever before; but this also refers to the simplicity in you life, when you don’t have to try to remember that the shadows will actually be a bit more open then what you are seeing, and images will be a bit cooler.

4. Professionalism.

You know your clients and associates judge you by what camera you use. But the other equipment you use matters to them too. As does your ability to produce files just the way they need them.

3. Soft Proofing.

Its your big day, and your image is going to be up in lights… or at least up on the newsstand. If you want to sleep at night between when you hand in those images, and when you see the final publication, you need accurate display calibration, and good soft proofing to know how the final prints will look.

2. Consistency over Time.

Perhaps you like a little variety in your personal life, but in your imaging, consistency is important. When you open an image, you expect to see exactly what you saw when you edited it months ago. With calibration, you are assured of that.

1. Consistency between Devices.

All devices. You want the best representation you can get of your work, whether its being projected to a crowd, handed around on a mobile device, or displayed on a TV screen. Device calibration can achieve that, more affordably and more easily than you might think.

C. DAVID TOBIE has been involved in color management and digital imaging from their early development. David has worked to see affordable solutions put in place for graphic design, prepress, photography and digital imaging, and then taught users how best to utilize them. He has consulted internationally for a wide range of color-related companies, and is best known by photographers for his writing and technical editing of texts and periodicals for the photo industry such as Mastering Digital Printing, and Professional Photographer magazine, and his seminars on color and imaging at photographic workshop around the globe. David is currently Global Product Technology Manager at Datacolor, where he develops new products and features for their Spyder line of calibration tools. His work has received a long line of digital imaging product awards including the coveted TIPA award, and a nomination for the Spyder line of calibration tools. Much of David’s recent writing can be found at his photography blog: cdtobie.wordpress.com, and his samples of his photography can be seen at: cdtobie.com.