Stop Color Correcting Photos!
Do you use programs like Adobe Photoshop or Apple Photos to adjust the color in your photos?
When I got my first digital camera in the late 90s, I learned a valuable lesson. After spending hours "cleaning up" my photos by increasing the brightness and contrast, I looked at my finished product on somebody else's monitor, only to realize that every photo was now too bright and had way too much contrast.
The lesson here is that every monitor is different. Some are brighter or more colorful than others, so when you adjust the colors on your own monitor, chances are they won't look the same on somebody else's. So every minute you spend "fixing" the color on your monitor is wasted because you never know whether your monitor is accurate or not.
The only way to accurately color correct your photos is to use a high priced monitor that's not only been color calibrated, but that also has a feature to adjust the calibration using a device that connects to the screen, in case it fades over time.
The funny thing is even if you make adjustments to your photos, chances are when you send them to a professional to print them, they will do their own color correction. I discovered this by making a series of adjustments to a photo before sending it to Costco to have them printed. I sent one version with a ton of adjustments, and I sent the original version which had no changes made to it. When I got the prints back, I couldn't tell them apart. Their own color correction fixed both.
The bottom line is this. Your photos are fine. Don't bother correcting them unless you're a professional and you're prepared to pay a premium for a good color calibrated monitor.
Joe Crescenzi, Founder
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