Monday, October 13, 2008


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I have resolved to buckle down and get some long-neglected work done; but, I steal a few minutes here and there to explore—camera in hand.


  1. A nice asian feel! (^_^)

    Stealing a few moments is important... photography is a lot like writing... you should do a little bit every day!

  2. Amy - The Asian influence hadn't dawned on me. Thanks.

    I agree about picking up the camera every day. I notice that if I miss three or four days, I start feeling disconnected and then getting back to it is difficult. It's about habit, rhythm and momentum. The effect on me is noticeable. I think there are times when we need to take a break, step back and process what has been happening and that rest can be productive. But, I believe that, more often than not, it's best to just keep doing it.

    By the way, I profiled my monitor. Now, I just wish that I had confidence that it is is better than it was. The Eye One certainly made it easy.

  3. Anita! Glad to hear that you got all profiled and what not! ;-) Love the picture! You're deep into my category, now. I love shadows. The light does such wonderful things in the evening as it comes through the windows. Lovely.

    I know what you mean about needing to do a lit bit each day. I feel that a part of me is missing if I don't.

  4. I am loooking for shadows here that will take the place of my old ones.

    Regarding my profiled monitor, I still feel a little lost. While my old "profiling" job matched up with my printer profiles (straight from HP) and the Smugmug prints, I am struggling in that department now. I'm not surprised by this. I was prepared for the process to take a while.

    Did you profile in a darkened room? Since I share this office with The Husband, I will be working in "office light". Should I consider that? I know that I need to spend some time in the X-Rite forums today.

  5. You certainly must profile your luminosity! If not, your prints will come out dark or light, depending on how you profiled. I would say adjust the light in the room to the way you'll usually be doing prints, then do the luminosity profile.

    According to John, you should shoot for, as a starting point, 110 lumens. Read this:

    I found that for my printer and lighting conditions that 75-85 lumens (a dimmer monitor output) was more appropriate. At 110, all of my prints were coming out too dark because the monitor was too bright.

    The article is pretty easy to read and he has others that make getting your monitor nearly perfectly matched to your printer.


  6. Paul - I had forgotten to read the material from John. Thanks for the reminder.

    All this is extremely helpful—particularly your comments on the differences dictated by your specific lighting conditions. I am indebted.


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