- Dec 7, 2007
- Puget Sound
- Lightroom Experience
- Lightroom Version
I recently took advantage of an absolutely fantastic price for a NEC refurbished PA242W ($248.00 USD + shipping and tax) to update my current two-monitor set-up. My set-up prior to this update was a NEC refurbished 2090UXi and an NEC refurbished 20WMGX2 monitor (sense a theme here). Both monitors are sRBG and calibrated with a Datacolor Spyder5Pro puck and software. I would like to replace the 20WMGX2 with the new PA242W and keep the 2090UXi as my secondary monitor. I have a number of options to re-calibrate these monitors and have a number of options about how to proceed, so I will try to post them below in some reasonable fashion.
- First question is around software choice(s). I can use Datacolor's software with their puck to calibrate and leave it at that. Or I can purchase Spectraview II and use that with the puck. My PC has 24GB of RAM and uses Intel's HD 530 for video/graphics. NEC also offers Multiprofiler software (for free?). It is not clear that I can create a full 10-bit workflow throughout my entire system, so I am not sure what is the best way to proceed ahead with software selection/combination? Any advice or pros/cons to the various configurations would be greatly appreciated.
- Next, how do I calibrate the PA242W? It has multiple gamuts and I am not sure if I need to calibrate both sRGB and Adobe RGB, or does calibration in one take care of both? Do Spyder5Pro and Spectraview II handle multiple gamuts differently? Does the Multiprofiler software impact this?
- Last, when do I want to be working in Adobe RGB? My output is either web (sRBG) or printing (usually sRGB), so should I stay in sRBG all of the time, or is there an advantage to working in LR (currently v.5.7) with the monitor in Adobe RGB, but then exporting my images in sRGB and then switching the monitor gamut back when outside of LR?