monitor hood: yes or no?

Discussion in 'Printers, Monitors, and Color Management' started by fks, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    i'm getting close to purchasing a new LCD monitor to replace my energy and desk space hog of a CRT. is it worth it to get a monitor hood? or can i go ghetto and make my own?

    ricky
     
  2. It all depends on what you want to do, Ricky.
    The monitor hood just controls ambient light from above and to the sides.
    Wearing a bright white shirt can still throw things off if you really want to be precise. Color management is tricky especially if you want to do high quality print work.

    For the web you can get by for less.

    I don't know what monitor you're looking for, but Will Crockett's recommending the Eizo CG222W and the LaCie 324, which is out of stock until September.
    You can get the LaCie without a hood, but the Eizo, I think, only comes with one.
    Eizo's on sale this month at ColorMall.

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera

    P.S. I'm sure you could make your own monitor hood (with something like black foam core) if you were so inclined.
     
  3. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi virginia-

    good guess, the lacie 324 is the monitor i'm planning on buying. i'm not that discriminating when it comes to colors, so i guess i'll buy it without the hood.

    thanks for the advice.

    ricky
     
  4. rsprouse

    rsprouse

    Jan 25, 2006
    Encinitas CA
    I did the ghetto thing and made a hood out of black foamcore and black photographer's tape for my Samsung 24" LCD.

    -- Russ
     
  5. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi russ-

    i have enough manual dexterity to do that too :wink: did you notice any difference before and after the hood?

    ricky

     
  6. rsprouse

    rsprouse

    Jan 25, 2006
    Encinitas CA
    Yeah, it helps cut the glare from the overhead lights.

    -- Russ
     
  7. wingspar

    wingspar

    Mar 16, 2008
    Oregon
    I have an older LaCie Electron Blue that came with a hood. If my next monitor does not come with a hood, I will make one for it. I see a hood as a valuable accessory to a good monitor. I’m pretty sure my hood is just cardboard covered in vinyl. Making one out of black foam board would work well. Attach to monitor with velcro.

    Hoods cut glare from overhead lights, and window light to the sides. I do my processing in a dark room with a light calibrated to 5500K (if I remember right) that is above my monitor, so I get no glare from anywhere. In normal use, such as now in the forum, it cuts the glare from the light and the window.
     
  8. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi russ and gary-

    thanks for the advice. my work room isn't the best location for preventing glare, so a hood should help out.

    ricky