Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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It's great that people are willing to take the time/effort to post photos.
However, I think that they have the potential to give mis-impressions and here's why:
1) Maintaining image integrity from capture though final viewing is extremely difficult even when photographing a bowl of fruit. At each step the color spectrum and balance needs to be quantified and inconsistencies anywhere in the chain will produce inaccurate results. A quick example of what I'm talking about is how when most people take photos inside under tungsten lighting then the color balance will tend to become very yellowish unless this fully accounted for and adjustments are made.
2) The quality of the camera & lens can be critical. The old computer motto - "garbage in, garbage out" really applies here.
3) The color spectrum that is possible over the Internet usually has limitations that diminish an accurate portrayal of how the actual source appears in person.
4) Last but certainly not the least is how variably the computer monitors reproduce images. If your monitor has color that is slightly skewed (toward the blue for example) then the reproductions of screen shots will look this way too - and you'll never know it. Having a "profiled" monitor goes a long way to help, but mostly only professional photographers (like me) will have done this.
So not to discourage anyone from posting screen shots but they need to viewed in perspective. In other words I wouldn't try and garner any more from them than how the overall TV looks and learn about the image quality from descriptions by the owners/reviewers.