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How to View the Images

Short Version For the Impatient

The images on this site is made to look as close to the original prints as possible when viewed on the web, but because of the limitations of the default color space (sRGB) of the web and the technology of computer monitors, you will not be able to get an exact match, but hopefully your computer screen is not to far out of spec and you will be able to see the colors and tonalities of the images in a reasonable way.

If you want a better match, see the next section.

Adjusting Your Screen

If you want a better match of what the image looks like on my computer screen, you might have to make some adjustment to your computer monitor.

White Point Calibration

Adjust your monitor contrast so that the white step in the gray scale above in the image looks white. You should be able to distinguish between the 95% and 100% patches in the above grayscale. If they appear to be the same, then contrast is too high, and highlights are blocked.

Black Point Calibration

Next, adjust the monitor brightness so that you can distinguish between the three darkest steps.

Gamma Calibration

Stand ten feet from your monitor and examine the above figure. If the smooth patch is darker or lighter than the background then you need to calibrate monitor gamma. This should not be needed, but if you do need to change your gamma I recommend that you read the Really Advanced section.

Finish

That's it! The grayscale above should now look OK, and you will now have a much better view of images on the web, not only on the images on this site.

Really Advanced

The original prints is made in a color space that is larger than what your monitor can display, and have colors that can't be seen on an average monitor, but that is possible to recreate on a fine art print. But if you want to see the image as closely as possible on the web, there is really no other way to do it than to have your screen calibrated with a hardware calibration device.

One such hardware calibration device, is the Eye-One Display 2. It's expensive, but it's a must if you want to edit your own images or se other images with accurate colors.

If you have a LCD screen and want to se how good it is, you can find a good test at the The Lagom LCD monitor test pages.

Bottom Line

I guess that many of you who care enough about fine art prints and image quality to be contemplating buying expensive works of art will feel these are valuable tools and time well-spent.

Ronny A. Nilsen
Norway

Quiet winter light

Quiet winter light

Flesberg, Norway / January 2009

Winter Dawn

Winter Dawn

Flesberg, Norway / December 2008

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