By Dan Bailey
Published September 21, 2012

Back in the days of film, the task of monitor calibration wasn’t even a concern for most photographers. You simply sent your slides or negs off to the client and let them deal with color accuracy. If it didn’t look right, it wasn’t your fault.

These days, with digital photography, color accuracy begins with you, and the best way to ensure that you get consistent results across all of your devices is to calibrate on a regular basis.

Note that I didn’t say “monitors,” I said “devices.” That’s because with the advent of mobile technology and programs like Photosmith, Adobe Photoshop Touch, numerous portfolio apps and Dropbox, photographers aren’t just using office computers and laptops to process their photos, they’re using iPads to edit, present and deliver images to clients. This makes it even more critical to have consistency between all of these different screens.

The Datacolor Sypder4Pro offers display and color calibration solutions for photographers and other creative professionals across all devices, desktop monitors, laptops, iPads and even iPhones. I’ve been using the SypderPro calibration systems for a few years now, currently on my 24″ Dell UltraSharp U2410 display, and as a working pro who has images published in a variety of outlets, I can attest that it’s an affordable solution that’s easy to use and that gives you consistent results month in and month out.

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