Help me write a short piece of copy for my website explaining photo calibration.
February 1, 2011 12:30 PM   Subscribe

Help me write a short piece of copy for my website explaining photo calibration.

My website is a way for me to show my lighting design portfolio and as with pretty much all photographs of theatre, the images tend to be both dark and high contrast. Since people will be looking specifically at the lighting, fidelity to the images as I've seen them is really important to me. I've saved for web and done everything I can to make the photos look good on every screen but I've calibrated the images to look their very best on a Mac with the glossy screen since most people in my industry use Macs and I use my iPad as my portfolio that I take to meetings. Since the Mac screens tend to have blacker blacks and more vivid colors, the photos look slightly washed out on matte PC screens. I'm not a graphic designer though and I'd like to put a short piece of copy- like one sentence- explaining that these photos look better on a Mac in terms that don't make me sound like an idiot to someone who knows what they're talking about.
posted by Thin Lizzy to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Best answer: Photo color has been calibrated for optimal display on Macs. Color saturation and temperature may vary slightly on other displays.
posted by ottereroticist at 12:41 PM on February 1, 2011 [2 favorites]

"There are so many different computer screens out there, it's impossible to make the images look perfect on all of them. These examples have been saved to look their best on Mac, and may look a little washed out on PCs."

But the fact you're asking this question, and the fact that, no matter how good your explanation, it might alienate or confuse people who read it, makes me want to ask, why not compromise on the images and then you don't need to explain?
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:54 PM on February 1, 2011

This isn't a Mac vs. PC thing. No monitors come calibrated and only professional designers/photographers/whoever bother to do it. The web is an imperfect medium, people are never going to see it as you see it on your monitor. Just accept it for what it is. If you want to control the fidelity of your work make a print portfolio.
posted by bradbane at 10:09 PM on February 1, 2011

Oh also, make sure you are saving your images correctly by converting to sRGB. Safari honors embedded color profiles, but most browsers (all the other ones) do not and will make your images look 'washed out'.
posted by bradbane at 10:13 PM on February 1, 2011

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