I ask because I realized something while having access to a very large monitor the past few months and will continue to use for the rest of my career.
I think every photographer should invest in a huge nice (calibrated) monitor. Since working on this very large monitor I notice things about images that I would not have seen otherwise and trashing images I would have kept while looking at them on my tiny laptop (even though it was calibrated). It was very discouraging at first but as soon as I started using it it has made me see what I need to work on and has made me achieve better results.
O dear. I feel I may have started something here lol Let me make my thoughts clear that using a large monitor is a better experience than using a small one. Would be daft to say otherwise! But with a smaller budget I would opt for two smaller monitors over just a single monitor of any size.
I absolutely agree with you Paul. Way to much emphasis is put on equipment and software today. I began my journey in photography with an Olympus K100 35mm SLR and Mamiya 645 manual focus film cameras. Basic equipment still capable of achieving stunning results.
Defiantly don't spend money that you don't have.
Don't spend money where you don't need to.
That too. If you feel you need a better camera, lenses, etc then save for that first.
& I never said to go out and buy a huge monitor. Im just saying having access to one has helped me so much.
a lot of pro's still use an old cathode ray tube moniter for truer colour? not much use if your only computer is a lap top happy xmas :>)
We may have one of those in the shop / studio haha. My dad has been in the printing business for years and we have a lot of old equipment still around. He still uses a huge stapler for saddle stitching that he used in high school. My computer at the studio is actually a Mac G5. We have a few G5s, some PCs, and I have my macbook that we only use for our photo booth set up now.
I have a monitor but for about a year I've been using my laptop. I like that its easier on my eyes. Because I do photography for myself and sharing I don't have to worry or be too impressive, long as I enjoy my self I'm happy
Like Wayne i have a dual monitor set up plus A3 graphics tablet (essential if you are editing).
One the screens is the Eizo ColorEdge CG275W which is self calibrating and used as an industry reference monitor.
My other screen is used to display the interface and tools of Photoshop / illustrator or what ever i have open at the time.
When you are dealing with very large image files for printing, accurate calibration and screen real estate come tops!