October 17, 2008, Newsletter Issue #86: Adjust Your Monitor When Choosing Popular Stock Photos

Tip of the Week

If you are just a beginner when it comes to buying stock photography, you'll want to avoid some of the common problems associated with downloading images. One such problem can be caused by improper calibration of your monitor. Ask anyone who has downloaded a free stock photo -- only to discover late that it has an odd tone or color-cast in the image -- and you'll learn how frustrating and time consuming buying the wrong image can be.

If you want to better your chances of choosing the best stock photo for your use, consider calibrating your monitor for the best color. There are now a number of tools that can do just this. One tool is Spyder2 from ColorVision.

You may think you are seeing a white background or a blue sky, but once you use a particular stock shot, the exact tone you thought you had might not seem right. By adjusting your monitor, you can avoid problems like these when buying popular stock photos, whether they are of people, places, nature or food.

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