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I have the spyder 5 express.  I am happy with the color, but the prints are dark.  I don't mean brightness, I mean the black point. On my monitor, the darks show texture but the prints just about wipe it out.  Will a better version of Spyder allow me to adjust the black point, 'cause if I need a new calibrator, I would prefer to get it this tax year.

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4 hours ago, rightmovephotography said:

Will a better version of Spyder allow me to adjust the black point

Not as such, no.

Have you ever had a satisfactory print match with this screen/calibrator/lab combination?

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No not really. I just accepted that that was the way that it was.  I was just hoping for more of a wysiwyg with the prints. I could get the result I want if I increase the shadows slider but don’t know how much to increase without getting a print first. 

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The Spyder Express is very basic tech.  I'm fairly confident to say that you'll get a better match with a new device.

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I bought the elite and recalibrated but I am still fighting the blacks in the images, at least the ones that are shot with a lot of contrast.  I would appreciate any suggestions you might can give.  I took a crappy cell phone shot of the print so that you can see the difference that I am facing.https://www.rightmovephoto.com/p993328276/ec3434915

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You know, I was wondering about that.  I have used Bay photo for years so I thought, maybe I should check with another lab.  This image is from Nations photo.  I also got a set from the local drug store that is not as dark but still fairly dark.

 

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It's dark, but all the detail is visible, just.

If you can see visible detail on your screen, but not your print, then it's a printing problem.

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I have gotten prints from Bay, Nations, White House, and my local drug store.  My screen is not putting as much black in the image as the prints are.  I tried to play with the gamma but that changes colors.  Is there anything else I can try?

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I calibrated with a setting of 70, you said don't go lower than that.  I guess I will just have to push the shadows and brightness as much as I can, certainly more than I have been.  We can talk more next week in the raw class.

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I said you shouldn't have to go lower than that, but it seems likely that your room light is bad, so you'd better go lower.

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