A view on lighting conditions

Part 3 of our learning themed blogs takes another look at lighting conditions.

All the way back in deepest, darkest December, we blogged about the light in which you view any printed image. Today’s post takes things a little further, and as always, links you to information in our learning centre with a free PDF download should you wish to print it out in full for your own use.

You may wonder why the light in which you view prints is important?

Well…

You go to the trouble of setting the correct white point to match the ambient lighting, and use a neutral balance reference for checking white point and exposure when taking the photograph, why not make sure the light in which you view prints is as accurate as possible?

“The light in which you view your prints is crucial.

“It is important to assess images in consistent and correct viewing conditions. The colour of a print will look different from one lighting condition to another. From natural daylight to a fluorescent tube or to tungsten, images can look warm, cool, flatter and less vibrant.

“Daylight (5000°k or D50) is the industry standard for viewing prints. Working near a window during daylight hours provides a good natural solution, but what happens for consistency when it gets dark? It is also important to consider your working environment and position of your monitor to avoid unacceptable reflections on the screen.

“Viewing booths from Just Normlicht and GTI are available to provide a correct neutral backdrop and perfect 5000°k illumination. Superior units will also include a dimmer switch as a specified temperature can cover a range of intensities. Models with dimmer switches allow the intensity of the light to be adjusted to match the brightness of the
monitor.”

The above was written by Simon Prais, our technical director here at Color Confidence. He’s also a bit of an expert on all things viewing conditions, and wrote a brief but detailed paper on the subject which can be downloaded in this PDF.

In a sense, we can see that the light in which you view your prints is equally as important as the profiling and calibration that goes into the capture and editing stages.

There are a range of options available on our website, from desktop lights to luxurious viewing booths should you decide to go pro!

Adam Borriello
Social media & marketing.

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