Have you ever shared your photos on social media only to realize they appear completely different on your phone than they did on your computer? Here is a detailed video showing why calibration is necessary by comparing the same photo on three different monitors.
In this video, Ed Gregory of Photos in Color runs a simple monitor test to highlight the importance of having a screen calibrated properly. This test had two primary functions. First, Gregory wanted to see how different each of his monitors were. To check this, he placed each of them side by side and had the same image displayed on them. The results were more extreme than I expected, as each of them looked very different in brightness and in color.
The second step of the test was to see how accurate a calibrator would be in correcting the issue. Again, the results were surprising. In the end, three very different monitors were matched perfectly using Datacolor’s Spyder5 calibration system.
In my opinion, a properly calibrated monitor is critical. Getting this right is one of the first steps you should take as a photographer, even if you are new to the craft. It will make all the difference to have consistency when sharing to social media and when producing physical prints. To see the test and the importance of a calibrated screen, view the video above.