Your Monitor Settings Could be Ruining Your Photos

May 12, 2013Allison Murray
Your Monitor Settings Could be Ruining Your Photos

Your monitor settings could be ruining your digital images

This is just a quick post for all of you bloggers or peeps who deal with photos often… Something that I have been notorious for overlooking when maintaining my home office. Notorious.

See that image above? Your monitor settings could be ruining your digital images from over manipulation to “correct” them. The bottom portion is a pic that I posted here on the blog that looked absolutely perfect on my screen. I couldn’t understand why Craftgawker would reject my image based on “white balance”. So I sat here and tried to over-correct and over-correct until it looked like what they had on their site as ‘normal’. I had such a hard time understanding why they would prefer images that way.

It turns out they don’t. My monitors were insanely miscalibrated. Ridiculously. I was looking at my screen when I thought that I’d just reset the monitors to their original settings just to see what happened. When I saw what I was actually submitting to Craftgawker my jaw hit my keyboard. And the thoughts that went through my head ran from “they must think I’m such an idiot” to “how could I be such an idiot for so long?”.


Oh, well. It’s fixed now and hopefully when things start to get wonky I’ll remember to reset my business. So if you’re having some issues with images being rejected from submission sites or whatever take a peek at your monitor settings. You just might save yourself a year’s worth of photo anxiety!

And if you prefer to go real business, Google how to calibrate your monitor and include your OS int here (e.g. Windows XP). There will be an on screen test of sorts that you select the better of and it will get you where you need to be. But it takes longer than just tapping some buttons on the monitor.

Comments (6)

  • Angela Watts

    May 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I feel your pain. One of the first things I did when I got my very first copy of the Adobe Suite (CS 1) was calibrate my monitor and realize how off it was. I tend to re-calibrate it monthly when I am designing alot. But worth it.

  • Allison Murray

    May 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    You've definitely got the right idea fixing things up monthly. I think I'll need to set a reminder on my phone to do the same. Thanks for the tip, Angela!

  • Danka

    May 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Great post and very relevant. I've recently started used a large external monitor with my laptop and I can immediately see how different the colours are between the two of them. Will have to calibrate them both sometime this week. xx

  • Allison Murray

    May 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I need to try to maintain a regular schedule for monitor maintenance like you, Danka. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

  • Francine

    May 16, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you! I have been having the exact same type of response from CraftGawker and couldn't understand it. But yuck, my photos really were crap! They must also think I am an idiot :)

  • Allison Murray

    May 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I am so glad that you found help in this Francine. It was embarrassing to post, but I'm finding that many have learned something from it. Totally worth it!

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