Monitor Review: BenQ SW270C 27 Inch Monitor for Photographers

The BenQ SW270C Photo Editing Monitor is an affordable option that combines accurate color reproduction and large screen real estate.

For a long time, photographers that do high-end printing or those working with images that have to accurately reproduce colors (such as product, fashion, or beauty photography for example) had to shell out serious moolah for professional-grade color-accurate monitors from companies like Eizo. These monitors are often prohibitively expensive, with price tags that easily rivaled the cost of some flagship camera bodies on the market.

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Adobe RGB vs sRGB: Explaining It in the Simplest Terms to Photographers

Adobe RGB vs sRGB: what is the difference and what should photographers know?

Fact: most cameras are automatically set to the sRGB color mode straight out of the box. This applies to JPEG images as said cameras are also typically set to shoot JPEGs when taken right out of the box. But the Adobe RGB color mode is arguably more important. In the most common vernacular, the sRGB color standard is what has applied to the web for many years. It’s a certain number of colors, and for those years most monitors only rendered within this color space. As time progressed, monitors have become better and so too has the web. This has resulted in more tests being done to accommodate to the Adobe RGB color space, which is much larger than the sRGB color space. For practicality, unless you’re willing to stop worrying about dynamic range and high ISO output, you’re probably not going to care about the Adobe RGB space and the sRGB space.

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What Is RGB and How Does it Work for Photography?

Ever heard of RGB but have no idea what it means? This quick primer should give you an idea about what it is and its role in photography.

RGB is a term (or acronym, to be precise) that gets thrown around in the creative fields, particularly among designers and photographers. For those who are just getting into these fields, however, what it means and how it works may still be a bit of mystery. In one of their recent blog posts, Shutterstock gives a quick overview on what RGB actually is and how designers use it for web design. Photographers will also find this a useful resource, so it’s worth the know-how, especially for those who want to do both creative disciplines.

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Benq’s New SW240 Could Be the Post Processing Monitor for You

The new BenQ SW240 is made for image processing

BenQ is known for their quality monitors aimed at creatives and business people, and today they added the SW240 to their lineup of PhotoVue SW monitors. A monitor designed for photographers and photo processing, with a somewhat unique 16:10 aspect ratio and excellent color reproduction, the SW240 could be a popular choice for photographers of all kinds. Continue reading…

Review: The BenQ SW 271 Display (27 Inch)

The BenQ SW 271 has a lot going for it. We’ve been testing it for a little while now.

BenQ is making a really strong push to compete with the big boys — Eizo and NEC— in the high end, high resolution, large gamut monitor market segment. And they are doing so by bringing very competitive pricing to the mix. Selling for (as of mid-December 2017) $1,099.00, the BenQ SW271, is a 27” (diagonal), 16:9 aspect ratio, 4K UHD monitor with an on-board color calibration chip. It is a powerful shot across the bows of the justly acclaimed, but very expensive, Eizo ColorEdge CG and NEC PA monitor series.

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Adobe RGB vs sRGB; Which RGB Color Space Is Right For You?

Color space can be confusing, but don’t worry, after this video you should have a much better idea of what’s going on.

Adobe RGB vs sRGB, chances are that you have thought about this at some point while setting up your camera or processing your images. These two forms of RGB are what is called color spaces, these are basically lookup tables that the computer uses to tell the monitor what color(s) to display on the screen; or more accurately, the directions that tell the monitor what color to display depending on what instructions it gets from the computer. Continue reading…

Review: BenQ SW320 PRO 32IN IPS LCD Monitor (32 inch)

The BenQ SW320 PRO is one of the monitors on the market currently drooled over and dreamt about by many a photographer. It offers a whole lot for photographers who need to edit often in addition to printing, managing tasks like email, blogging, etc, and for general designing needs. If you aren’t aware of why this 32 inch monitor that has a whole lot of resolution can do such a great job, then consider the fact that BenQ claims it can cover over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. Then add in facts like its ease of calibration with tools like those from Datacolor, the ability to switch between AdobeRGB, sRGB and black and white, and an SD card reader built right in alongside three USB ports and an HDMI out cable.

Pretty insane, huh?

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500PX Announces New Wide Color Gamut and Google WebP Format For Images

500px is today modernizing the platform for displays that have been taking major steps forward in the past few years. In a blog post, the company announced that they’re going to be supporting Google’s WebP format–which the company recently introduced to shrink the size of images without sacrificing quality. A number of blog platforms, including Squarespace, have been doing it for a while. But in addition to that, 500px is also announcing that they’re going to be supporting other color gamuts.

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How to Buy a Monitor for Photo Editing

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No, purchasing a monitor for photo editing isn’t exactly straight forward, so don’t be so quick to become quippy. Instead, you’ll be surprised to know just how complicated making sure that you’ve got the best monitor you can or need is. The answer isn’t always to go with Apple either like many other photographers do. Instead, it’s all about specifics with color profile coverage, your vision and calibration.

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Tips for Getting the Best Color from Your Photographs


Getting the best color from your digital camera is an essential part of the photographic process. Though you may be tempted to use the automatic white balance setting of your camera or to let your editing software adjust color for you, neither may provide the best results.

Instead, it’s the making of conscious choices both in camera and in software that will really ensure that you are getting the best color. Here are some tips to help to achieve just such results.

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Blackmagic, JVC and Others Announce More 4K Stuff at NAB

Sony A7s sensor Everyone wants a piece of the 4K cake at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas, it seems. Yesterday, we saw the amazing new Sony A7S, which is not only 4K-capable but also sports an interesting sensor that might just become the new king of low light. Then we heard of a new 4K Micro Four Thirds camera from JVC, and now even more news started trickling in. So we though it was time for a little NAB 4K roundup.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Displays 97% of the Adobe RGB Spectrum


Who ever thought that a phone’s display could be so bad ass? We stated in our review that the Galaxy S4’s screen was really good, but now it has received an award. The 4.9 inch AMOLED screen can display 97% of the Adobe RGB color gamut–which means that it is potentially darned good for a reference monitor when it comes to printing. The only thing is that it needs to be calibrated–but if you can figure out a way to do this then you can use it to be able to print photos for your clients on the spot if you have a mobile printer with you.

This is quite interesting as the mobile phone is very centered around internet use, and so we wonder what its sRGB gamut output is.

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Lenovo Announces 30″ WQXGA AdobeRGB Display, Makes Us Go “Dafuq?”

Lenovo LT3053p

Lenovo hasn’t been known for the quality of the display panels they put in their products. Ever since the company took over IBM’s computer business, the ThinkPad line has been virtually useless to photographers. Bad contrast and brightness, bad viewing angles and low color fidelity–except for the incredibly expensive W series. So, understandably, we were pretty dazzled when we heard that the company known for the world’s most rubbsih notebook displays just announced a professional 30″ screen that they claim will cover 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

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