On Monday, I had the fantastic opportunity to guest blog on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY. The venture began when I discovered that the images I had so carefully crafted on my laptop looked totally different on another screen, and not for the better. Colors were much more saturated; whites were grayer; contrast was diminished. I was panicked. What were others really seeing when they viewed my images on their screens?? Why had this happened?? How had this happened?? I received some advice about hooking my laptop to a standalone monitor, but the one being touted to me was very expensive. Would this really solve the problem? Or were there other solutions? A better laptop perhaps? I was at wit’s end.
I turned for help to Leanne, an incredibly talented photographer, who also shares her time and energies to support and challenge her followers and to get them networking with each other. My request? Whether she would mind if I used her weekly post title “Up For Discussion” to put my questions out to my followers. Leanne came back with a totally unexpected response: She offered her blog to me as a forum for my questions. Wow! I do have to admit I was a bit nervous as I didn’t want this to turn out to be a waste of Leanne’s time, but I crafted my post, “Up For Discussion: Color Monitors for Photographers,” and sent it and a few pictures off to Leanne to post on her blog.
What a wonderful community Leanne has! She good naturedly warned me there might be a lot of comments and to be prepared. She was so right. The comments poured in from so many willing to share their expertise and experiences. And through it all, Leanne monitored the comments but let me be the one to reply to them. It was a fun 24 hours (and comments are still coming in!). The result? I now have the information I need to make an informed decision about how I want to deal with the issues I had originally identified.
It’s an illuminating discussion about monitors, color calibration, and in part, the overriding issue of color management for photographers. I encourage my followers who aren’t already familiar with Leanne to visit her blog and to read for yourself the issues raised and the responses from her community. And do yourselves a favor while there: take a look around. You’ll love every second!
Many thanks to Leanne and to all who contributed to the discussion!