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Frequency of monitor calibration for non-professionals

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I just bought the Spyder X elite to calibrate my MacBook Pro. I have never done it. I ran the system and I am not sure what happens next. I just had completed the editing on a recent trip and had a couple of sample prints done before calibrating. They appeared more saturated. So I calibrated. Do my images change magically since I calibrated or do I need to re edit. My other question is since I have calibrated am I still able to add saturation. I am so confused. Help.
As mentioned, your images don't change. But often an uncalibrated monitor is much too bright and a little too cool. When you are editing, you look at the monitor and adjust the scene to your taste. But if the monitor is to bright, you probably are ending up with prints that are slightly dark. If the monitor is too cool, you make it warmer to compensate and your prints are too warm. So you probably will find that you need to re-edit some images. I would not do that as a large group or as a project - just edit as needed.

One trick I use to help with editing for prints is I use a white background in Lightroom. That helps me to compare the print to the paper and leads to a brighter print. I find gray or black backgrounds are better for assessing color.
 
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