A quick overview of calibration of monitors for better photo editing results.
Without a calibrator.
Less accurate than with a colorimeter but cheap/free.
Windows. Quick Gamma. (Free download)
Install and follow on screen instructions
Apple/Mac. ColorSync (builtin to OS).
Launch Displays from System Preferences and click on Calibrate.
Choose a profile as close to standard SRGB as possible if all else fails.
With a Calibrator.
More accurate but also more expensive. Printer matching is at the top end of the price range for the colorimeters and beyond the scope of this quick article.
Spyder – Express, Pro, Elite (version 5 $179-379) (Monitors) London Drug Prices Oct 2017
http://www.datacolor.com/photography-design/ Printer calibration in other models
Color Munki. $659. (Monitors and Printers). London Drug Prices Oct 2017
Other models similar to Spyder are available from the manufacturer
Fstoppers article. https://fstoppers.com/education/ultimate-screen-calibration-guide-8009
Above is a sample of what can be found online. Search for Monitor calibration and you will find many articles and YouTube videos, be sure to look at several different ones before deciding which approach to take. There are as many opinions of the right way to do it as there are about the right way to use your camera.
Basic setup from personal experience and some misconceptions about calibration.
Without a calibration device.
Set your monitor in it’s normal environment (where you do most of your editing).
If you are calibrating it without hardware, set brightness for your normal viewing level.
Follow the instructions in QuickGamma or ColorSync. Some computer graphics cards may have their own software builtin to do the calibration.
On a laptop, plugin AC power (most laptops dim the screen when on battery)
Turn off option to auto-adjust brightness.
Set your viewing brightness to your normal level.
Follow instructions for QuickGamma or ColorSync
With a calibration device.
Same settings as above and follow the onscreen prompts from the calibration software.
Ensure no direct light is hitting the monitor if possible.
Laptops should be plugged in to AC power and turn off Auto-Adjust brightness.
From running calibration with the Spyder 5 Elite on 8 monitors/laptops I have found that the desktop monitors appear more accurate than older laptop screens. Newer laptops (2 or 3 years old should be more accurate.
Example. iMac (27-inch, Late 2013). Builtin screen after calibration. 99% of SRGB
Asus 27 inch monitor. After calibration. 99% of SRGB
MacBook Pro. 2015. After calibration. 99% of SRGB
MacBook Air 2011. After calibration. 86% of SRGB 2 tries
HP Laptop. 2009. After calibration. 87% of SRGB 2 tries
Lenovo Laptop 2010. After calibration 82% of SRGB 2 tries
Type of screen and graphics card will determine the accuracy of the results.
Calibration of a projector does not actually change the projector’s settings. The projector is set for SRGB profile in it’s control panel and the calibrator sets the laptop or other pc to send the best version of the image to the screen. This results in the image on the laptop not looking anything like the original photo. Projecting an image that you have viewed on a 21 or 27 inch monitor to a 12 foot screen image can never come that close to looking like your image from your computer. All you can do is profile the laptop to do the best it can. Using another laptop with the same projector the image will not be colour corrected for the projector.
If you use several computers with the same projector they should all be calibrated with the projector connected. Copying a profile from one machine to another is generally not going to give good results but it might be better than uncalibrated.
Calibrating for a projector has to be done in the room and under the conditions that it will be normally used.
The higher end models of the calibrators can do projector calibration, the lower ones only do monitors. Generally that is the main difference between the different calibrators.
You can do calibrations under different conditions and switch between them as needed such as an office profile, a living room profile etc. Usually laptops only will be used this way.
TV (High Definition)
If you use a modern High Def TV you can often pay to have it calibrated when you purchase it. It generally cost $75-$250 to have done and it has to be done a few weeks after you have started to use the TV. (Burn-in period). The tech person will come out a hook specialized calibration tools between his laptop and your tv to create a custom profile for viewing in your room. The equipment to do this calibration is beyond the purchase price for most of us.
To show your images on a large screen TV from your laptop just use your calibrated profile on the laptop and a standard setting (not Movie or Sport settings) on your TV.
Going forward please continue sending a maximum of 3 images, but I would appreciate if you would rank your photos 1,2,3.
October Theme -Changing Colours
Going forward please continue sending a maximum of 3 images, but I would appreciate if you would rank your photos 1,2,3.
November – Patterns, Textures
December – Emotions – happiness, sadness, joy, envy, nostalgia
To all members………………
It would be great if members of the group can come to this event in respect of Ray Goddard’s passing and to remember the great times that were enjoyed with Ray’s imaginary and participation in the world of photography and model airplanes…….
Invitation to attend “A Photographic Tribute To Ray Goddard” on September 27th (Wednesday) at the Delta Photo Club meeting place – located at KinVillage in Tsawwassen (see map below) at 7:15 pm
- Program – Over 100 of Ray’s pictures (from the 1950’to May 2017) will be displayed – Ray was a member of the Delta Photo Club for over 25 years and just this spring was bestowed with the first Life Membership. Ray not only was the President, a respected critical judge of other photographer’s work, a countless award and gold medal winner of his art, a leader of Workshop outings, etc. but most importantly an enthusiast that others sought advice from of “how did you get that shot” so as to become a better photographer their selves. Above all, Ray was principally a nature photographer who could ‘capture’ the beauty of a desert rock, a mountain vista or the flowers at his favorite lake.
- At 7:30 a slide show will be shown featuring many of his excellent landscapes, abstracts and manipulated photographs
- At approximately 8:00 pm there will be a break for coffee/tea/nibbles and an opportunity to view his Art on display.
- At 8:30 there will be several (up to 2 minutes) personal vocal recognition pertaining to Ray’s Photographic work over the years – if you wish to partake, please let me know. Following there will be a further short slide show of his photographic art.
- Lastly, an adjudication of Ray’s Gold Metal win at the 2017 Canadian Association of Photographic Art Black & White Challenge.
Thank You for attending this tribute of Ray’s photography. It is intended that approximately 100 of Ray’s photographs will grace the halls of Metro’s Care Centres to provide lasting memories of his Photography Art.
2017 Crescent Beach Photo Club /PHOTO MEET/OUTINGS:
Sunday September 17th 2017: Meet time—1:00pm
Hello Everyone: Including new members and September guests:
We will be getting together to take photographs of an Industrial nature on Sunday September 17th—we will be photographing on the street—but this is not street photography per se—–this street has open areas of cement tubes—-very industrial looking slabs of cement and wiring and is all quite open to the public. I have talked with the cement company and they have no problem with us taking photographs in the area as long as we do not trespass wildly or do harm (which I know we will not)—-It is a public street—–so—I have attached a couple of images that I took there several years ago to give you an idea of what images you could capture—–we will be close to the Vancouver Transit Centre and also Wicked Campers is on one of the streets and there is some really interesting graffiti art on some of their vehicles—photographing like this, as a group, is always so much more comfortable and safer than going it alone—–
We have the choice of roaming several blocks, and so if I give you one address I will confuse you—so I will give you the address of where we will meet—-Parking on the street is safe and free, but keep in mind that you don’t want all our cars in our images so maybe park a little further back from the subject matter—-for those without cars, there is access from the Canada Line Marine Drive Vancouver Station—it will be a walk of a couple of blocks—–also—-maybe try and be in touch with one another—buddy up and try to ride together—-
Meeting Date: Sunday—-September 17th 2017
Meeting Time: 1:00pm (afternoon) (I know as photographers midday is not a good time, but this is September and by the time we get going it will probably be closer to 2pm)—-
Meeting Place—-outside Ocean Concrete (Pipe Sales) Products Ltd. 9265 Oak Street V6P 3G8—-this is on Oak Street at 77th Avenue—between and under the Oak Street and Arthur Laing Bridges——-
Canada Line Marine Drive Station—on Cambie—it is a bit of a walk back toward Oak—–you might want to walk along Kent Street (South of the station) rather than along the busy but more populated Marine Drive—
Can I give you any idea of the how to or what lenses to use——(information taken in part from Digital Photography School)—-
Do you know the places where the industry has ruined the nature? The whole area is filled with factories, such as oil refinery, metal production, recycling and power plants? These places are the industrial deserts of our time.
The most industrial landscapes are not designed to be charming but entirely functional. Try to notice the detail in the bold and rigid structures and to see its hidden beauty: shiny steel, bold architectural lines, and very graphic, aggressive visual elements
Overcast days tend to be better for industrial photography. Rough weather fits perfectly with these subjects, but you can also take really special photos by night. High contrast settings on cameras or in post processing tends to look better than normal contrast. Cooler tones are almost always better than warmer tones for metal products.
While low depth of field lens aperture options are attractive for most images, industrial locations with plenty of steel look best with apertures of f8 or f11. Industrial photography is very similar to architectural photography in that sense.
Look for unconventional compositions. Try to capture the ‘power’ of the scene. Carefully chosen details results mostly in strong images. Analyze your subject and look for the best way to photograph it. Take the time!
Personally I will use my 18-140 lens as it is fairly wide angle—–but some may prefer a larger telephoto???? Or as Wendell Phillips discussed—maybe a 50mm prime?????
See you there—-any questions—email me at
|Vice President||Brian Palmer|
|Past President||Derek Hayes|
|Capa Rep||Sheldon Boles|
|Digital Competitions/non CAPA||Thomas Dethlefson|
|Outings/Field Trips||Lynne Kelman|
|Black and White Print Comp||Ted Akune / Geoff Hayes|
|Social||Wayne Farrow / Pam Avis|
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT: LYNNE KELMAN /CRESCENT BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB: 2017
Mandate: 2017/ 2018:
To promote and advance photography as both a technical and a creative art form and to mentor those new to photography.
To provide instruction, demonstrations and lectures that will teach and provide encouragement and inspiration, in all forms/workshops/lectures/hands on.
To enjoy photography in a social environment as a meeting place for like minded people:
My goal for the next two years is for us to grow our knowledge of photography, by listening to speakers who will teach us from the basics to beyond, who will provide stimulation and inspiration and who will help us better our photography and teach us to “see”. I hope to provide interesting lecturers as well as demonstrations and hands on learning. We will ask outside judges not only to score, but also to critique/review in depth the photographs that we submit for our theme nights and for competitions, so that we can learn from their expertise and knowledge and can go that step forward in knowing where advancements can be made.
We will welcome new members and strive to share our combined knowledge with them. We will identify our individual strengths and invite those new to photography to ask questions of us.
Our Executive is made up of a team of passionate photographers who are excited to put forth new ideas to help stimulate us. Our theme leader Scott has been working on new ideas for our monthly themes and we will continue with our outings adventures with a lean toward preparing us for upcoming competitions.
One of our changes this year will be to start meetings at 7:15pm rather than 7:30pm—-the doors will be open at 7pm or just before, for you to socialise with friends, but this extra 15 minutes gives us that little extra time to spend on learning about photography.
Our first meeting of the new club year is September 6th and we have a well-known photojournalist, Wendell Phillips, as our speaker that evening, who will help us prepare for the new CAPA competition “Journalism”. He is a must see, his photography is amazing.
****Before our speaker starts on September 6th, I am calling a Special General Meeting of the membership to vote on a special amendment to increase our annual membership fees by a small amount. This increase is due to the fact that our room rental at Camp Alexander has increased this year and will also help cover additional payments to judges and speakers which we expect to have over the next few years. We are still very lucky as a club, to have such an attractive and convenient place to hold our meetings and we feel fortunate that we will be at Camp Alexander for many years to come.
I am looking forward to an exciting time to come and to working with an executive who volunteer their time freely and with passion.
We encourage your involvement, ideas and comments as we try to make this a season that supports your passion and love for photography.
Lynne Kelman/ President CBPC
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. – Irving Penn
Check here over the Summer for possible outings.
QUICK REFERENCE for CAPA COMPETITIONS: 2017/2018
|Fall Nature||October 30, 2017|
|Fine Art||October 30, 2017|
|Fall Print||October 30, 2017|
|Photo Journalism||November 30, 2017|
| Black & White
***(CAPA theme not our print challenge)
|January 30, 2018|
|Creative Altered Reality||February 28, 2018|
|Audio Visual Presentation||March 31, 2018|
|Spring Open||March 31, 2018|
|Spring Close-up||April 30, 2018|
****(Crescent Beach is hosting the Fine Art and Altered Reality from all clubs in Canada and these two competitions will be judged off site/not on a meeting night—-BUT we will still be judging our own altered reality and fine art on a club night)
Pacific Digital-Coquitlam—–date TBA
Lions Gate Celebration of Nature: November 12th
North Shore Challenge——-usually March
Fraser Valley Invitational—-???? Usually May but ????
Black and White Print Challenge: CBPC: April 14th 2018
***Please note—there may be changes to above —this is for a quick reference, so that you can be thinking ahead to what you want to take photographs of this summer: