Digital Printing Insights #4: “My prints are too dark”

Dancing OaksCall me a dinosaur if you like, but I still prefer working with and editing images on my LaCie CRT, although it seems the rest of the world has switched over to LCD displays. I do not know of one manufacturer producing higher end CRT’s today.

Even in a accurately color-managed environment, photographers who edit their images on an LCD and output inkjet prints are quite possibly familiar with the scenario of prints that appear too dark relative to their display. As a CRT user, this is not a problem that I have experienced, but I’ve heard it from friends and acquaintances and have read about it in online forums quite a bit. Are you experiencing a similar issue? David Brooks of Shutterbug magazine has written an excellent and informative article that addresses this problem and offers a few possible solutions. In short, this problem is caused by luminance differences between CRT’s and LCD’s (LCD’s are often about 25% brighter), with many lower end LCD’s not offering the ability to reduce the luminance to CRT levels. Check out David’s article.

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3 thoughts on “Digital Printing Insights #4: “My prints are too dark”

  1. I submit my prints [with ICC profile] to WHCC [White House Custom Color] currently and the prints always come back a tad darker.

    I recently purchased an Eye-One Display2 calibrator for my monitor and what I don’t get is, they can calibrate the colors correctly, but they never tell you what to set for the Brightness and Contrast settings. It’s like a guessing game for me.

    Any recommendation?? I find this a bit frustrating. Thanks Michael.

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