This week, rather than use the typical poll format to ask a typical question, I’m going to turn the tables and have you ask me a question or lend a suggestion for future article topics.

The fancy little widget you see here (probably not visible to feed readers) can take your questions or suggestions while also counting votes. So if you see something on the list that you want to learn about, vote for it! If you don’t, just click the “What Should I Write About” headline and you can enter your topic for others to vote on.

I can’t promise that I’ll get to every question or suggestion, but the more votes something has, the more likely I’ll get to it quickly.

And remember to check in on the results from last week’s poll that posed the question “Ballhead or Panhead?” when it comes to your tripod. I’ll give you a hint… over twice as many prefer a ballhead over a panhead. Also, don’t forget to check out the comments from the other readers — they make some good points for both sides of the argument.

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I´m really crazy about monitors and calibration is so different what i see in my monitor and what in my prints, i wonder if when i upload a shot to flickr the people see the same that i see….

May 6, 2008 9:57 am

Monitor calibration or ICC profiles in general will always make a good and probably many part article.

To the question from javi yanes:

Unless the person is using the same monitor and same calibration setting it is very unlikely that the image will appear the same.

If you have been to my blog you will notice from time to time that I post the WB setting fro the image. These are mainly for images that have subtle red/blue hues. On my calibrated monitor set to 6,000k it looks as it should. Since I have a dual monitor the second is not calibrated as it is a different model (I did try to hand calibrate with buttons) it will look more blue. The subtle red parts are almost all gone.

I do recommend that if you want faithful colour reproduction that you invest in a monitor calibration device. These at times can be pricey, but since you do not use it very much for LCD display, why not go together with a few other photographers in your area and share the purchase and use of such a device.

It is always a good ideas to sue other monitors (friends) to see how your images look from many platforms.

Niels Henriksen

May 6, 2008 10:10 am

Wow, I’m seeing some really good questions and suggestions already! Thanks for the input guys!

May 6, 2008 11:33 am

I’m interested in you dissecting several of the popular post-processing methods today. Styles like the “Dave Hill look” and *Cinnamon’s style. Just another idea.

May 6, 2008 12:55 pm

huh, I’d never thought about trying to do that… probably because it’s a very difficult thing to do. I’ve seen many times, other people try to “reverse engineer” somebody else’s style or post-processing technique. They typically get it kinda close, but still quite distinguishable from the real artist (Dragan and Dave Hill being good examples). But hey, it would be kinda fun to try.

May 6, 2008 1:46 pm

I like this idea Brian. Writing a daily blog article can really tax the imagination at times. Often times I will use my readers comments and questions as fuel for future articles. You just took it to a new level. Nice.


May 6, 2008 9:37 pm

Yeah, blogging on a daily schedule is a funny thing. Sometimes I’m on fire and I’ve got 10 drafts in the works. Other times I can’t think of a single thing to write. I saw this tool from Skribit used by Darren Rowse, then by Neil Creek… so I figured I’d give it a go and see what turned up.

May 6, 2008 9:50 pm

Cool idea Brian. Let others lead you for a change.

May 7, 2008 7:51 am

Comment now!