A Hobbyist Photographer's Wish List by Juro Malazo

A Hobbyist Photographer’s Wish List, Item #2: Datacolor Spyder4PRo

It’s become quite customary for most people to wish for things during the Christmas season. Some dream of driving off in a new car, some want to get their hands on the latest smartphone, and some others, like me, have wish for gear…photography gear, that is.

I’ve also got a wish list of sorts, arranged from the most affordable to the most expensive. I’ll be posting the items on the list over the next few days, with item #1 to be revealed on Christmas day.
The most recent post I did on this 10 part series was several days ago, having failed to write up and schedule posts for items number 1 to 4 (Item number 1 was supposed to be revealed last week on the 25th).

Before the year draws to a close, I’d like to finish this series. Today, Items 4, 3, 2 and 1 will all be revealed…one at a time. ^_^

Previously, I posted Item #3, a basic strobist kit of Yongnuo YN-560II Speedlight + Yongnuo RF-603 Radio Triggers + Sanyo Eneloop XX Batteries with Charger.

Now let’s look at Item #2, the Datacolor Spyder4PRO. I found an [local] online seller that sells this for P9,600.

Datacolor Spyder4PRO [image source: amazon.com]

I’m not a professional photographer, but I want my work to get into that level. One step that would get me closer there is calibrating my display.

I currently use my laptop, an Acer Aspire V3, for all my work (photos, and the occasional graphics design/layout). It has different brightness levels, and I’m sure that the colors are displayed differently at different brightness levels. I have also noticed (just a little bit) that my display is not exactly the same as that on others’ displays.

Thanks to the internet and those who’ve written about the subject, I learned about monitor calibration. Color consistency can be had on our devices by calibrating the displays.

By calibrating my display to the standard, I would have the confidence that how my image looks like on my monitor is also how it looks like when others view it (at least those with calibrated displays as well). This would save one aspiring to be a pro in photography and/or graphics design from potential disaster. A photographer shared that he had to go back to his archive of photos and work on them again after receiving feedback from those with calibrated displays about his photos. Needless to say, he learned the importance of display color calibration the hard way.

There are a lot of color calibration tools, and the Datacolor Spyder4PRO is just one of them. What I like about it is that it is available locally through an online seller (I can’t seem to find any other color calibration tool sold locally) and has a decent feature set. One can use it to calibrate computer monitors, laptop displays and even the displays of mobile devices, all with ease thanks to an available interface that simplifies the whole process.

So there you have it: Item #2 on my wish list, the Datacolor Spyder4PRO that could be bought for P9,600.

Have you calibrated the colors of your display already?


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