Do you know the rhyme? It’s one my mother said to me. Often. And for good reason. It goes like this:
There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good she was very, very good, but when she was bad she was horrid!
Here’s a photo of my little girl when she was about five or six months old. (A scan once again. My apologies.) It was taken just after a bath, and her hair had curled up so beautifully…. and then that little lock of hair that kept falling onto her forehead in an adorable little curl….. Oh how my heart melted! I just had to photograph her there and then.
I wasn’t to know how predictive that photo would be. She’s lost the curl, but not the attitude! (Click here to see a recent photo of her…. and no, I don’t straighten her hair.)
Wow! Got my hands on a spyder (colorimeter) today and calibrated my computer monitor. What a difference! I’m now really unsure what any of these photos I’ve been posting look like on other people’s screens. I mean, they all looked fine on my screen…. until I colour calibrated. Now most of them still look fine… but quite a lot different. Others look dreadful!
I have been getting some really weird results with prints. Not with true photographic prints from my lab, but when I try to have birth announcements or cards and the like printed. It’s been taking several trips to the print house to get things right! Hence the investigation into colour calibration.
I’d love to know what others do in this area. Do you have any stories to tell? Please do! Have you calibrated? How often do you do it? How do you manage colour between your set up and your lab or your print house? When in the process do you convert to CMYK? Or do you not convert at all?
And let me know how this looks on your monitor. It’s another of my little girl when she was a baby. Not a great photo, but I love how I can hear her laugh when I look at it.