Post-Production Pro Tips: Pre-calibrated Monitors

Pre-calibrated Monitors

If you’ve been following this series of tips, you’ve seen us sing the praises of monitor calibration on multiple occassions. Calibration is essential to the post-production process, whether you edit your own images or send them to PWD.

But what if you buy a monitor that claims to be pre-calibrated? Does that free you from the task of calibration? Unfortunately, no.

Manufacturers tend to calibrate their monitors so they look good in stores, under bright lights. They turn the brightness up so they look shiny and attractive to customers. When you bring it home, however, those settings are not appropriate for professional photography.

Also keep in mind that monitors shift over time. Even if it arrives perfectly calibrated, it doesn’t stay that way. That’s why we calibrate every week at PWD.

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