I have a most updated 24" iMac and running Snow Leopard. I use Lightroom 2 to edit my photos. I always export the photos out from lightroom by choosing sRGB. I notice my photo looks different when I view them at other computers. Which bring me the question; "Is my iMac monitor display the color correctly?" So I just want to ask any iMac users how did you go about calibrating the iMac? Do you guys use the default color profile? (which looks a bit yellow to me), Or you use sRGB(one of the preset provided), or you simple just click the "calibrate" button and calibrate by eye? If we suppose to calibrate by eye, what gamma value should be used? The default is 2.2, and I know PC uses 2.2, so in theory, if I want the photo to look the same no matter which computer I use, I should use 2.2, BUT! What I have notice is that when I view many color chart (or grey scale chart) in the internet, I found using gamma 1.8 actually can see the black gray scales better!
So what is going on here? 2.2 is the recommended gamma value, but can not see black gray scales compare to 1.8( I don't mean 2.2 can not see any black gray scale, but 1.8 can see more), so which protocol should i follow? I am very confused with this whole color issue. Some people say as long as the photo looks good in your monitor, there is no problem, which i disagree, I want my monitor to look good but also display colors correctly.
Anyone who knows about this issue, or any expert photographers out there, please help me with this. Now I feel no matter how good my photo looks, there is no use, because when I send them to my friends, they might look awful, because my monitor is all wrong...Thanks.