Check Your Screen's Brightness
If you don't want the expense of buying a Spyder, there is an easy way to check the brightness of your screen using a camera. Along with colour balance and contrast, the brightness plays a major part in how images are displayed on a screen.
Just follow these steps:
· In Photoshop create a new white (R255 G255 B255) A4 document in landscape format and make it as large as possible on the screen.
· Now using your camera in shutter priority mode, set it to an ISO of 100 and a shutter speed of 1/15s. Now point it at the screen so that the white area fills the frame.
· If the brightness is correct the aperture should read F8. If it doesn't adjust the brightness of the screen: if the aperture is higher than F8 the screen is too bright - if lower too dim.
Remember that the ambient light in the room will make a big difference to how the screen looks. Therefore it is always best to keep the ambient light as low as possible when working at the screen and carrying out this test.
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Full results of the recent competition evening are now on the website and the race is wide open! A quick reminder of the subjects for the next competition: PDI's are Open while the Prints have the theme of Reflections or Shadows. Our judge for the evening is our old friend John Wrigley.
Thanks to those of you who emailed your titles to Christine prior to the competition evening, it made quite a difference when it came to recording the entries. One or two of you forgot or were unable to and hopefuly you will manage it next time.