"Color Management Made Really Easy" - Digital Photography Podcast 252

Your old colorimeter might not be the best tool for color managing a new LED screen laptop. In this week's podcast, I tell the story of guilt (for not calibrating my new MacBook Air), perserverance (trying to calibrate the Air), and finally redemption.

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I do a visual calibration on my MacBook Pro (Unibody Late-2008). I think it looks a bit too yellow and the highlights don't have that much detail on the default calibration setting.

Hi Gustavo, yes, that's more or less what I said in the podcast too. I tried to visually calibrate my MacBook Air, and just wasn't satisfied with the results. That's why I'm using the "Color LCD" profile.

Here's an interesting experiment ... create an RGB image in Photoshop and fill it with 50 for each color (RGB) and then take a picture of the image on the monitor with your camera. Look at the RGB channel histograms on your camera to see if the spikes align with each other. I tried this on a Nikon D300 set to "flash" white balance and all three colors aligned perfectly in the middle of each histogram. I'm not sure what to make of this except that my uncalibrated iMac monitor is closely balanced to "flash" color balance using a Nikon camera. Perhaps there's a way to use your camera to check monitor accuracy.

Thanks for your podcast!

Callibrating my Air was too difficult or I didn't do it right, it didn't really work well and it was overall off. I had 3 / 4 improper shades.

Hoping the new display update from apple fixes this.

Bonnie Smith
COO/Director FXP

What printer do you use?

Enjoyed the show very much.


I have a couple printers I depend on:
- Epson R2400
- HP 6380
Glad you like the show!

I have had my printer for more than six years now and it works just fine. A bit noisy, though.

I tried to print the picture but it turned out that my printer was stuck. Perhaps because I don't use it often.

The guy who did the calibration for me must have been color blind. The red is hurting my eyes.