Macbook Pro screen luminescence.

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When I was first attempting to set up my MBP/Retina display with my i1 Profiler, I was told by the good folks at Xrite that my target luminescence should be 100 cd/m.
I thought at the time that it looked rather dark, but I accepted it.
But now, I ask those here with the same screen/color management setup what their preference is for their screens: 100 or 120 cd/m?

Thank you.
 

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I much prefer 120, and always use that. I use the monitors in a room with low ambient light (darker than a normal office). There is no absolute right or wrong.

I have also had no problem with comparing a screen at 120 with printed results, where the printer was also calibrated using the X-Rite Colormunki Photo.
 
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When I was first attempting to set up my MBP/Retina display with my i1 Profiler, I was told by the good folks at Xrite that my target luminescence should be 100 cd/m.
I thought at the time that it looked rather dark, but I accepted it.
But now, I ask those here with the same screen/color management setup what their preference is for their screens: 100 or 120 cd/m?

Thank you.
There is only one correct answer and that is that the correct value for luminance and white point are those that produce a visual match from your softproofing in LR or PS for you. X rite should not really be telling you any figure unless they are familiar with your set up and editing conditions. It may be 90 cd/m2 or even 150 cd/m2 !! Think of it this way I could tell you that all you need to do is set your camera to 1/125 sec @ f/11 and this should cover all your capture needs

You are better off starting with a known reference image than trying to judge your own so you may want to download this which is a psd file with instructions in how it all should look
http://www.pixl.dk/download/

Failing this have a look at this site which shows and describes how a screen should look. Go through the images one by one and see what you should be looking for in the description
http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

Look at the image below courtesy of Andrew Rodney (DigitalDog) which shows the relationship between monitor viewing and a correctly illuminated print
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If you are only intending to view on web and allow others to do the same it is a bit of a crap shoot as they will probably not have correctly profiled monitors - still that seems unlikely as you have a calibration instrument
 
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There is only one correct answer and that is that the correct value for luminance and white point are those that produce a visual match from your softproofing in LR or PS for you. X rite should not really be telling you any figure unless they are familiar with your set up and editing conditions. It may be 90 cd/m2 or even 150 cd/m2 !! Think of it this way I could tell you that all you need to do is set your camera to 1/125 sec @ f/11 and this should cover all your capture needs

You are better off starting with a known reference image than trying to judge your own so you may want to download this which is a psd file with instructions in how it all should look
http://www.pixl.dk/download/

Failing this have a look at this site which shows and describes how a screen should look. Go through the images one by one and see what you should be looking for in the description
http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/

Look at the image below courtesy of Andrew Rodney (DigitalDog) which shows the relationship between monitor viewing and a correctly illuminated print
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)


If you are only intending to view on web and allow others to do the same it is a bit of a crap shoot as they will probably not have correctly profiled monitors - still that seems unlikely as you have a calibration instrument
I will certainly read this. Currently, I have my screen set to 120. I'll see how that goes.
 
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