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On screen reference for 18% gray

The problem is how to calibrate the screen brightness for editing. This can be an issue if the screen brightens forces the apparent 18% gray lighter or darker that normal.  Some photographers shoot an 18% gray target and/or white card with each session so that they can accurately color balance their work in post-processing.  I have addressed this by keeping an 18% gray target on my computer screen and adjusting screen brightness so that the tone on the target matches  the tone of an actual 18% gray card.  The brightness of the monitor should now match the brightness of the files coming from the camera and establish the correct levels set for editing and printing.  I would like to see  a built-in 18% gray and/or white reference that can be opened for screen calibration.  This could be as simple as adding an 18% gray panel that can be viewed on screen for a reference. Ideally, the reference panel could be opened to full size for easier comparison.

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  1. On August 5, 2018 at 10:49 am David Price wrote:

    Brilliant idea, but to make it work PR 2018.5.2 would perhaps need to know that your screen is prefectly calibrated, so that it displays 18% gray as 18% gray. Or, are you planning to adjust your screen to match the 18% card which is alongside your screen. But, is the 18% grey card properly lit, what colour are your light bulbs?
    Screen calibrators are not too expensive and Hudson did run a video to explain how to use them.
    Best wishes, David Price

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