After a recent visit to an Apple store I was a little dismayed to see that they were no longer making the matt Cinema HD Monitors like this refurbished model above I use. All the new monitors have the same glossy screens as the iMacs. Ack! How can this be good for accurate photo editing? The added contrast may make images look nice on the screen but if that image has to be printed in a magazine, I can't image it will not suffer in the translation. You need to be able to gage the color, contrast and skin tones as accurately as possible.
My current set up is this 15" Mac Book Pro, bought last year with a matt screen (which cost extra & only ava in 15" or bigger) and then a 2nd older MBP attached to the Cinema Monitor. It has worked very well for me. I will admit I do the majority of my work on my laptop and even considered selling my monitor but now that it is hard to get, I will hold on to it. I'm afraid that one day when I have to replace these, the matt option will no longer be there in any form. All this comes up, as a friend of mine looks to me to offer advice as her daughter prepares to study photography. What do I say? What do you say?
I just feel like Apple, which has long been the first choice of photographers, designers and other creatives is now ignoring us to cater to the masses. I am curious to hear from other pros who have to consider how there images will appear in print? I even posted the question on one of my favorite photo forums, Rangefinder Forum and they have given some great feedback. What is your monitor preference?
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