Drew is going to explain all the issues over multiple posts.
The first questions are from Rob, who uses a tablet laptop for editing images and is concerned about the changing brightness or darkness of his monitor depending on the angle at which he views it. Rob sends all his photos out to print, and wants to know which angle is best for viewing a screen.
This question gets to the heart of why it is difficult to properly calibrate a laptop or tablet PC monitor. Obviously, LCD screens appear to change brightness and contrast when viewed at different angles. Unfortunately, for a monitor to be color and brightness calibrated, you need to view it at the same angle at all times. There is no certain proper angle to use when looking at a monitor. It just needs to be the same angle each time you work on the computer.
The best workaround is to set up some way of viewing the monitor at the same angle each time you sit in front of it. Try and work at the same location if possible and put something (like a book or small box) that stops the screen from going beyond a certain point. This graphic illustrates what I have in mind:
Rob’s next question: I am looking for a fine arts type paper that will make my “Orton Effect” photos and other sorts of ethereal landscapes look more like a painting that a photo. That is, not a bright shiny surface, but a softer matte, perhaps with some texture.
Matte photo paper is probably best for that effect. Matte paper is defined as having a non-reflective smooth surface. One example is Red River’s 60lb. Polar Matte. You can also order matte paper that has been texturized. Examples are 60lb. River Linen and 60lb. Paper Canvas products.
It is always best to experiment with different types of paper to see what works for you. That is why good paper companies will offer sample kits for that purpose.
Stay tuned for Drew’s help regarding sRBG vs. Adobe RGB, and why so many of us (me included!) are plagued by prints that are too dark.