A common complaint I hear from newcomers to digital photography, is that their prints don't match the images they see on their monitors. As more people progress into DSLRs and shooting Raw, looking to improve the quality of their images, they often become increasingly frustrated by the inability of the output devices to match the image they imagine they should be getting. Usually this problem is down to colour management.
Digital cameras and the accompanying printers and computers have become increasingly sophisticated, and at the same time, the usrr experience has become increasingly simplified. Even a cheap printer can produce a decent result, better than five years ago, and quicker too. But when you really want the best you can get, they usually fall short.
The new Colormunki really is a revolution in colour management, making it easier than ever before to profile your monitor and printer, so that the image you see on screen is the best and most accurate approximation of your digital file, and likewise, the print is as close to that image as is possible.
Colour management has long been the black art of digital photography. The equipment needed used to be expensive, the software complicated and most of the theory behind it is gobbledegook to your average home user (and even hardcore hobbyists and professionals).
The Colormunki is the first device I know of that offers a simple all-in-one solution, using just one piece of software and one gadget that does everything. Previously you would need a monitor system - which have become far cheaper and simpler recently- and a separate print system - which have remained expensive and complicated.
So how does it all work? The first step is to install the software. This is in the form of a download from a link on the install disk. This ensures you have the most up to date version, and is around 150MB. The software is available for both PC Windows XP and up, and Apple Mac OX 10.4 and later,
Once installed and launched a simple wizard walks you through the process to first profile your monitor and then your printer. There's also an option to profile a digital projector, making this ideal for camera clubs or movie buffs too.