While I’ve addressed this on the TWIP podcast and on TWITTER (scottbourne) I still receive questions about using LCD/LED displays for photography.
Much of this discussion stems from Apple’s recent decision to ship most of its new computers as LCD/LED displays with glossy screens.
I used to be an old die-hard supporting CRTs. But I’ve come to the realization that there are some absolute benefits to LCD/LED displays.
1) Size – The typical LCD/LED will take up less desk space and be considerably lighter than a CRT.
2) Environmental – LCD/LEDs use less electricity than CRTs. Not only are they less expensive to operate, they are less harmful to the environment.
3) Sharpness – while I don’t have fancy test equipment I do trust my eyes and there’s no doubt that my LCD/LED displays are sharper than my CRT displays.
4) True Color – When you use a CRT, you have to calibrate often since display pixels on a CRT are dying daily. They change and become less bright, requiring frequent profiling. LCD/LEDs stay true to color much longer.
5) Eye Strain – LCD/LED’s offer lower eye fatigue than CRTS.
There are some downsides to LCD/LEDs. Primary among them are the need for direct viewing angles.
The other downside is the most controversial. Many LCD/LED screens offer a glossy finish. Here, it’s simply a matter of opinion whether or not you like gloss or not. While glossy screens do create more glare, you can diminish this problem by using proper lighting and viewing angles.
The advantage of glossy screens is that they’re simply beautiful and more fun to look at.
For me, there’s no problem using glossy screens. For those who work exclusively on a laptop and who need to work in places like coffee shops, train, plane and bus stations or other public places where you won’t have the ability to control lighting, a matte screen might be a better choice.
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