Photo Q&A – Episode 4: How Important Is Color Accuracy?

Photo Q&A – Episode 4: How Important Is Color Accuracy?

By |2016-04-19T17:56:17+00:00Apr 20th, 2016|

For the fourth episode of my Photo Q&A series, I’m fielding a question by a member of Evolve Your Eye, the Facebook group built for likeminded photographers to grow creatively in a positive environment. This episode’s question focuses on color accuracy and how important your display’s capabilities really are in the grand scheme of things. If you’re interested in becoming a part of Evolve Your Eye, just click on the banner below. We’d love to have you!

EYP Banner Page

When you’re done, let me know your thoughts on this subject in the comments below. Enjoy!


  1. David Ryan Taylor April 20, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    It is an interesting question. You brought up a great point, in a round-about-way – color accurate monitors are only necessary for those that need their features. Having a calibrated, high-end, wide gamut monitor is overkill – if you are a photographer who only shares your work via the internet. As you alluded to, it doesn’t matter how awesome the creator’s monitor is, if the consumer is using a punched-up, high contrast, highly saturated, overly-warm/cool, narrow gamut monitor with the brightness set too high or too low. So, you need to use a monitor that correlates with your end use in mind.
    If you print your own work, like we do (either with a desktop photo printer, a wide-format photo printer, or by outsourcing your printing to a lab), a properly calibrated monitor is much more important. Investing in a good monitor (wide gamut inclusive, high-bit) can save hundreds or thousands of dollars (or quadrillions of rupees…:D) in print production costs. Having a monitor that can accurately display your print, before your make it, coupled with a calibrated/profiled printer, is a must for photographers who are serious with print quality, and their output matching their vision.

    • Brian Matiash April 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Agreed on all points, David. As it relates to my photography, I’ve always weighed my necessities in a display to what the intended output is. Because my display is calibrated and I soft proof before printing, the few times that I do send something off, I’m always satisfied. But, I pay no mind at all to what the experience could be by the viewer on the other end beyond doing my best to edit my photos to my satisfaction.

Please share your thoughts! (Markdown syntax is supported)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.