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| p.1 #2 · Please suggest LCD (and Q's on colour mgmt) |
Q1: which screen for professional PP work?
I'm used to 2560 pixels wide in a 30" package. It would be hard to move to a smaller screen, but quality is my main objective. Which brand/type would you recommend? 27" would be fine too, 24" is a lot smaller but doable if there is a quality trade-off otherwise. I expect you will suggest non-Apple brands, no problem there.
You want to consider at least 10-bit monitor that is capable of displaying 1 billion colors. For the money, I prefer this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/769647-REG/ASUS_PA246Q_PA246Q_24_1_Widescreen_LCD.html
If money is not an issue, consider this one: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/816468-REG/Eizo_CG275W_BK_ColorEdge_CG275W_27_Widescreen.html
If you absolutely want the best that money can buy, get this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/818436-REG/Eizo_CG232W_BK_ColorEdge_22_5_Color_Calibration.html
Q2: Adobe RGB or SRGB in camera?
I always stayed away from AdobeRGB setting in camera, because the manual says "don't use AdobeRGB if you don't know what you're doing" - or something of the like. A well respected fellow photographer says he uses AdobeRGB only, so I'm in doubt now. Is there much to learn before being able to make good prints from AdobeRGB RAW files? Could you point me to some useful info to read?
It depends. If you just shoot JPEG without any intentions to do PP, shoot sRGB. If you intend to do PP later and shoot RAW, do aRGB.
Q3: Epson 3880
I'm considering a Epson 3880 printer to do all of my professional printing. I'm tired of having to send all of my work to a lab, even with turnaround times of 2 days. Is this thing any good for clients who expect the best?
it's a fine printer but its printing speed is slow. if you print high volume, it's not going to cut it.
Q4: White point and calibration device
I calibrated my screens (Apple 30 Cinema Display + Macbook Pro + Macbook) using the built-in Apple screen utility. At some point it says i should choose a "white point". If I go with 65 (suggested) then I get a very pleasing warm image, but it's not accurate. Because the prints I get back from the lab are all very coolish WB. How is it that the user gets to choose a white point!? I'd expect the software to make sure I have accurate white balance.
So: I probably need a more professional calibration device. So given I want to get a good printer and get my colour workflow right from camera to print, which type of calibration device would you suggest?
to calibrate your monitor properly, start with 6500K/2.2/120 first.