As a commercial photographer who shoots predominantly for print, I need a very well-calibrated monitor and camera profile, but does anyone else need this?
As photographers, the shopping list of equipment we need can seem never-ending. With everyone telling you that you really must have X,Y, and Z in order to be able to take good images, it can be hard to work out what you really need and how to prioritize your purchases. After over a decade of buying kit, I have pretty much everything a photographer could want, and I use about 10% of it. However, as a professional photographer who works in commercial food photography for ad campaigns, color is incredibly important to me. I work with a screen calibrator as well as a color chart to calibrate/adjust my camera's raw file color profiling.
I calibrate my monitor on the morning of every big shoot or editing session I shoot everything with a chart, light meter, and often a gray card just in case I have a disagreement with the software interpretations later on, but when it comes to uploading my images to Instagram, I re-edit the JPEG in Instagram's own software for a host of reasons that I go into in this video.
Although it is critical that my colors are correct, for most photographers, this may not actually be the case. There may even be a halfway point between monitor calibration and the test chart. I discuss which camp you may be sitting in and why as well as offering my opinions on accurate color.
What is your photography color management workflow?