As Petzi writes, there is no black in many of the images. Assuming that you want blacks in those images (the one on the front page is an example), no amount of fiddling with monitor gamma etc will change that situation: you need to correct that problem first. If you have the original scans, re-edit them and set the black point appropriately, otherwise you will have to re-scan the images. Luckily this seems to be restricted mostly to your new images: most of the older ones look fine.
I've attached an image that illustrates the situation: the top one is your image as it is, the bottom one has the black point set at a level to give a good black. It is obviously better if you do this on the original scan or a re-scanned image as it will give better quality - my quick and dirty change has given it a higher contrast than you probably intended.
Good luck, Bob.
Proper monitor calibration is very important to those who are trying to sell their work on the internet. Unfortunetly there is no set universal standard for settings and most set their monitors for their comfort levels.
From my readings, graphics pros set their monitors to match printer output for obvious reasons. I am also seeing more sites with pages for viewers to set their monitors for optimum viewing and I am considering adding one myself.
Also, try comparing with other sites that require accurate settings like the Ansel Adams Gallery site and see how the images look on your monitor.
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The images are completely washed out on my monitor which is regularly calibrated with the Gretag MacBeth Eye-One. The images on my website are almost identical to the prints I used to make the scans so I know that the monitor is accurate. Please forgive me Susan I am not doubting your print making abilities but I have to ask the question, do the original prints have rich blacks.
Originally Posted by SusanK
The images are still there, just the thumbnails are missing. If you click on the boxes with red X's, you'll still get the linked image.
I used Dreamweaver MX and hand coding to start a site that doesn't get changed a lot. These days I use linux, hand coding, and the Nvu WYSIWYG HTML editor for the minor text changes I make routinely. Nvu is also available for Windows and OS-X. (So if you do site maintenance from several different machines you should have the same interface for any platform.) I haven't tried using the Nvu site maintenance capacity, as I upload with a SSH2 connection with another program. You might give Nvu a try. It's open source and free, so it won't ever cost you anything other than your time to try it or use it.
One other concern you might have with FrontPage is that it may produce HTML with Microsoft specific extensions, which are not standard HTML and may not display properly with other browsers. (Perhaps there's a way to turn of MSIE specific extensions in FrontPage, I don't know.) Currently 20% of browsers in use are not MS Internet Explorer.
Forgot to add, here's a good place to go to start calibrating your monitor:
Poke around the site a bit to learn a lot and find the online tools they provide for calibrating your monitor.
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Originally Posted by Les McLean
Wow... uh, hi Les...! I've read a lot of great things about you here. I never expected to meet you "cyber-personally". Thank you for taking the time to post to my thread.
No offense taken on your question re: rich blacks in the original prints. Yes, the blacks on my prints are "rich" (i.e. ~ zones I, II, & III). Plenty of midtones left before approaching zones VII & VIII. Please know that when I first put the website together, I was scanning prints on really crappy little HP Scanjet and had no knowledge of monitor calibration. Last week I purchased an Epson Perfection V750-M Pro and am attempting to improve the monitor calibration so that I can begin scanning negatives/prints.
I calibrated my monitor (to the best of my ability) last night, tweaked the histograms of the necessary images Photoshop, replaced the retweaked images in Frontpage, and uploaded to my server. From my monitor, the images look 100 times better. The new monitor calibration makes the image details on your website really stand out, and I can go back to my website without having to change the brightness settings to view my images (which is what I used to do all the time).
Huge learning curve and so much to remember when trying to put images up on the web. I need to save my pennies and join you for some workshops someday !
To calibrate your monitor correctly you will need a device such as a Syder Pro and the software that goes with it. You will also need a decent monitor. I use a LaCie electron CRT monitor as LCD monitors that are any good are very expensive.
Doing it by sight alone nearly always results in to bright a screen which means that B&W images will look washed out on calibrated monitors.
When you monitor is calibrated you can use PS view function to view your image as it will apear printed or on other monitor using ICC profiles.
There is no monitor in existence that can show the full range of tones that a B&W darkroom print can show so there will always be some clipping of the tonal range. However a decent monitor can better the range of an Ink Jet print, so it is perhaps better to work on a digital image as if you were going to make an ink jet print rather than a photographic print if you have scanned the negative rather than the print itself.
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Good heavens, I've farted around w/ my monitor so much today that it's now at a point where it's causing eyestrain. B&W jpegs look great but, the gray/white areas of the browser are blinding ! I tried QuickGamma and got a notice that says it won't work w/ my video card. Tried several other sites mentioned here, as well as the Monaco software that came w/ my scanner and AdobeGamma.
Now what do I do ???
Originally Posted by SusanK
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