Color Correct

This is my project for the Easter Holidays: setting up my digital darkroom (if I may be so quaint) and learning about Lightroom from Thorsten Overgaard.

The room actually DID get darker when I put this in front of the window!

The room actually DID get darker when I put this in front of the window!

Haven’t I been doing postproduction in digital photography before? Yes, I have, for years and years and I was quite content with my setup. MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2017 with TouchBar, that superb screen melticously calibrated. Lightroom catalog and image files on a little 1 TB Samsung SSD attached by USB-C cable to the laptop which only has 256 G onboard. Backup to a Drobo NAS ( sorry about the infestation of acronyms! ) .
So I thought all was fine and dandy until I read Thorsten Overgaard’s webpages and bought his Lightroom 7 survival course. Who is Thorsten Overgaard? Well, he’s one of these photographers very present on the nets. Think Joe McNally with much better clothes, a Hipster beard, less Speedlights, more Leicas and a Danish accent. His high-quality workshops and publications have ludicrous standard prices that often get slashed by large amounts ( a marketing technique I find a bit demeaning… ). He presents in an aloof, dandyesque style which sometimes approaches the caricature of an artist. Very entertaining!
But damn him for what he has to say, this is getting expensive! He makes a very convincing case for using a separate wide-gamut monitor for image processing. This quickly narrows it down to the Eizo CG monitors. They display 98% of the Adobe RGB color space without compression, have a matte screen surface, a hood and a built-in calibration unit. I had eyed one before and so I got one, turning my living room into even more of a computer lab. I mean, I like it, the blinkenlights, the colorful screens, the surf-like whirr of harddisks, but you can hardly host civilians in here any more. They might trip over a cable, or Linus-forbid, change a well thought-out configuration. 😉
— To be contiued when the monitor arrives tomorrow —
So, there it is now. Impressive, imposing from the get-go. One small niggle: monitors seldom come with all the signal cables appropriate for your setup. There just might be too many different possibilities. 15 minutes before the stores closed for the Easter holidays, I had to get a HDMI cable post haste.
I’ve been sitting in front of the Eizo CG 2420 monitor a few hours now and can report that it is very soothing. The picture is rich, with deep blacks and visibly more tones than the MacBook Pro’s built-in screen. Calibrated to a max luminosity of 100 cd/m^2, it avoids eye strain. That, and a white point of 5500 Kelvin are two other differences to the laptop screen. I’m being a bit lazy and adjusted the latter’s luminosity, but for symmetry probably will re-calibrate it to match the Eizo’s values. Some day …
The Eizo is fine for video, too, though of course you’re feeding it 8-bit material there. It doesn’t seem to be a speed demon, but I didn’t see any smearing or stuttering watching internet videos or iTunes movies. And there are no games on this system. The system is the game! 😉
The Eizo’s self-calibration is rather nifty. A photodiode on a small lever swings down from the top bezel and there’s the usual dance of color patches. Recalibration can be scheduled to occur unattended in the early morning hours, for example.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Here, the proof is in the proof. 😉 As you can’t demonstrate a soft-proofed print on the internets, may this post-processed on Eizo Profoto B1X flash test picture suffice:
The flash is the subject of another post once I get more results with it.

The flash is the subject of another post once I get more results with it.


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