Not all screens are equal

Have you ever received an image in an email from a friend, viewed it on your phone, then later viewed it on your computer and noticed the colours are different? If this has happened to you it is because your computer monitor is not colour corrected. Computer monitors can vary in colours and brightness, which is why if you are in a professional environment, it is important to calibrate your monitor.

Screens can vary in quality massively, especially if you are using a laptop. Without getting too technical, the type of monitor you decide to use (IPS or TN) should depend on your line of work and the usage you will have of it. An IPS monitor is much higher in quality than TN monitors. For example, all Apple Macs use IPS screens, which is why they are often praised for in the Art & Design industry.

Why are they different in the first place?

Monitors often come over sharpened and over colour saturated from the shelf, this makes it easier to sell from the store if they have bright and vibrant colours. The problem is, when you take it home they sometimes still have these settings which produce unrealistic colours and can often strain your eyes.

What can you do about it?

If you view a lot of images, it will be worth upgrading your monitor to an IPS screen or calibrating your current one. If not, then it is best to not critically view or edit images on your current screen.

To conclude, if you wish to review or edit images in detail, it is always best to calibrate your monitor or view it on a different screen that has already been calibrated..

Here at Kalory, all our images are edited and retouched on calibrated monitors and unless stated otherwise, will be made to match the subject like for like with maximum dynamic range.

Franck Jehanne