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Monitor options for photo editing


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Hi, I currently have an iBook and am looking to upgrade to a Mac desktop. The only problem is that I am an aspiring digital photographer and have heard from some other photographers in the past that as far as color management/correction is concerned, I should stay away from LCD screens and stick to CRT monitors. Does anyone know if theory still stands? I know that I have seen color management systems that say they can be used for CRT and LCD, but I am a little skeptical. I know that I could go for the Power Mac and just hook up a CRT monitor to it, but I am wondering if I can get away with the less-expensive, space-saving option of getting an iMac. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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As an aspiring digital photographer myself, I thought the same thing. There are lots of articles on the Apple website that will help you though: http://www.apple.com/uk/pro/design/taylorjames/ for example.

Also, my dad works for a major printing firm that runs on Macs, I've set my macs ColorSync to match him Mac at work and he has printed my photos out perfectly at A2. See http://www.apple.com/pro/training/colorsync/
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LCDs are catching up with CRTs, but IMO, CRTs still have an edge over LCDs if cost is playing a part in the overall assessment. There are some very nice LCDs out right now (especially the Apple standalone monitors), but in order to get the same size and quality out of an LCD, you're going to pay a lot more. 20" LCDs are becoming pretty affordable ($700ish for the Apple 20", I believe), but if you want to go bigger than that, it'll cost you (the Apple 23" is almost twice as much as the 20").

Bottom line, though, is calibration. CRTs are still (from what I know) easier to calibrate than LCDs, and what really matters in digital imaging isn't necessarily what kind of monitor you're using, but making sure that what you see on your screen is what you'll see when your image is printed.
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Thanks for all the responses. From what you have all said, it seems that it is possible to accurately calibrate a LCD screen, but it is just more difficult than working with a CRT moniter...am I getting this right? So, an iMac wouldn't be completely out of the question for right now?
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I think an iMac would be a great choice for editing digital images.
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