Originally Posted by SteveW928
LOL... small world, huh?
I still think I disagree about the crushed black thing. I think you SHOULD be able to see the lower several steps of the gradient bars... and should have been able to tell the difference between the couple photos the one person posted. But, I'm talking about on computer displays... not necessarily home theatre or THX, etc. Maybe for home theatre.... we want the blacks crushed? I'm a total newbie in that regard.
As a graphic artist... one would certainly not want to have the bottom 5 to 10% of their gray-scale all look the same.
Well if you are a noobie when it comes to Calibration and don't understand its importance, then you have come to the right place to grasp an understanding of its importance.
As far as the gray scale and the pictures the guy had posted over on Hard Forums. As I stated over there, I was able to see everything with the brightness and contrast turned all the way up on my Monitor. Yet when this is done, you run into the following two problems.
The first is the banding of whites, this is whites and grays beginning to mesh into one another. These should be very distinct and seperated. The other issue that you will run into with Brightness turned all the way is that colors actually become more washed out and less distinct by having a white flim look effect over them.
Also as far, as the whole well this is good for movie watching or this and that. It is more then that, when you are calibrating a display, regardless if it is TV or PC Monitor, the purpose of calibrating is to ensure an accurate picture is being displayed for every aspect of a picture.
What gets me is that the character who was talking about crushed blacks did state that he was some sort of video person or the other and was able to tell 6500k color tempeture accuracy this and that by eye balling it. Yet, he never said he ran any type of calibration for the monitor.
I only found out about actually setting proper calibration in the past year myself. It is funny because who knows for how many years, people have been watching Television, playing games, and everything else that deals with any type of display at the wrong settings.
Also as far as that picture that goes.
The way I see it is that since it was of a prison, the upper row of cells should have been bathed in light, while the lower part of the cells should have been in the shadows and the dark, and thus the details down below shouldn't have been seen regardless.
Though of course, who know he could have been correct and I could be wrong. Yet, as I said, I trust my own settings of my Brightness and Contrast.