I Have Seen the Light (aka pixels)
I very recently bought a new computer monitor, the Dell U2412m. Oh-My-Goodness!! I do not know how I was editing photos before I got this!! I kept my 2-year-old LCD flat panel for a dual screen setup and I can now view my photos on each screen… the color reproduction on my old screen is so sub-par when compared to my new one, it is almost useless (in a situation where proper color is vital). I would have edited my two most recent posts, My Wife & A Portrait with a Hat, totally different had I still been on my old screen. I had been editing photos this way previously???
This new screen has a plethora of features, including very accurate color reproduction, but one of the most important being IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology. In a nutshell, I can look at the screen from practically any angle and see the same color reproduction (among other things). This is huge when trying to color correct images. Did I mention that the resolution is 1920×1200 with a 16:10 aspect ratio (1920×1080 @ 16:9 is common)? I didn’t know I wanted it, now I do after just a week. So, needless to say, I am very happy with this new screen and look forward to when I replace my older screen with another one of these!
I bought it purposely for advancing my photographic post-production skills/results. I am already so pleased with my most recent results! I highly recommend an IPS monitor to anyone who does not have one – if color reproduction is important to you. I didn’t know how bad I needed it until i finally took the plunge.
Run towards the light!