Ever looked at one of your images or prints and been hugely disappointed with how it came out? What you're doing or not doing to your screen is probably why you're having problems.
Color management may not be the sexiest topic, but it is an important one for photographers. If your colors are not correct on screen, you have no idea if the adjustments you make are moving you closer to your goal or even further away from it. I've seen far too many photographers bash their printers for producing bad prints when in reality, they were to blame because they didn't have good color management setup. For all those who have shied away from this topic, technologist Joseph Thio is back once again with an insightful video on all things color profile.
The video is broken down into manageable chunks and covers everything from the basic of color management, to why color profiles matter, and where to get the right ones for your monitor. One revelation to me in the video was how third-party color profiles may actually be better than what the manufacturer provides. We see in the video side-by-side comparisons of the two, and it's surprising to learn that the third-party profile actually performs better. Thio explains that some screen-makers will provide only a generic profile for a range of monitors they produce rather than making one that is for a specific model. For this reason, a third-party color profile that has been made for a particular monitor will allow us to get the most out of your screen by showing more colors.
Thio also walks us through installing these color profiles as well as some issues you may find when using these files on Windows machines. For those on Mac, the installation process will be slightly different, but you should still be able to follow along. The video is a long one at over 20 minutes, but I highly recommend all photographers take the time to watch it. If you're not doing color management right, your images will never come out exactly how you or your clients want them to.
Lead image by Julia Joppien, used under Creative Commons.