Most computer users are not aware that CRT’s and LCD’s should receive an annual internal cleaning (yep, that’s right: internal). You’re probably asking WHY and HOW. An internal cleaning assures that your display is working to specifications and that its calibration is true. How? It used to cost quite a bit of money to have this cleaning performed, but the service is now easily automated, free, and available online. Click here to begin your annual cleaning service.
Call 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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