Image Doctor: Brisbane City Dusk
Photographer: Matt Taylor
Camera Type: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/6sec
Photographer's Comments: This is a photograph I took a while back while photographing cityscapes. I was feeling uninspired so I wanted to dig up some images to process that probably never got a run the first time, and this is what I came up with. I do remember the original shoot at this location; I loved this view of the city and the fishermen in the foreground helped me to add scale to the image. I don't know if the colour may be off because all I use is a laptop, and tilting my screen changes it slightly. Is there a way to combat this?
Image doctor's advice
Matt writes: "I don't know if the colour may be off because all I use is a laptop, and tilting my screen changes it slightly. Is there a way to combat this?"
Colour management is a big challenge for most photographers, particularly those on the move who have to make do with working off a laptop.
Most laptop screens lack the power of larger computer screens and the manufacturer usually has to build in efficiencies at the cost of performance. This means that rather than having a screen that can look bright from any angle… all the brightness is usually focused directly outwards from the screen and any side view will have a brightness difference. That said, newer laptop screens are getting better.
What some photographers who rely on a laptop for processing images tend to do is to buy an external monitor that they can use as their main screen for Photoshop work. Prices can vary from $200 to several thousand but whatever you buy, if you get it colour calibrated it should make assessing colours in your photos a lot easier.
Now, as for the colours in this photo… I think they look fine. What I love about sunset is that it can be a time of the day when colours can go wild, and so long as there is no green in the sky, I think it is all good!