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Into digital photography? Notice that images look better on someone else's pc? Buying a monitor and want to have a way to compare them at the store?

This grayscale chart will help with all of the above. Look at it while you adjust the brightness and contrast of your monitor, and tweak each setting until you can see the widest range of shades.

I doubt if you'll be able to see the difference between all 256 shades of gray on your monitor; I can't on mine. Adjust your brightness and contrast until you see as many as possible, and then tweak both settings so that the range of shades you can distinguish is centered.

00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F
20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 2A 2B 2C 2D 2E 2F
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3F
40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 4A 4B 4C 4D 4E 4F
50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 5A 5B 5C 5D 5E 5F
60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 6A 6B 6C 6D 6E 6F
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 7A 7B 7C 7D 7E 7F
80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 8A 8B 8C 8D 8E 8F
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 9A 9B 9C 9D 9E 9F
A0 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 AA AB AC AD AE AF
B0 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 BA BB BC BD BE BF
C0 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 CA CB CC CD CE CF
D0 D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 DA DB DC DD DE DF
E0 E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6 E7 E8 E9 EA EB EC ED EE EF
F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 FA FB FC FD FE FF
In retrospect, butterflies were an easy digital photography subject for a beginner. Most of them have vibrant colors with distinctly defined borders.

When I started bird watching, particularly after spending hours trying to get nice pictures of those very white Great Egrets and crop them to share here, I discovered that subtle shades of gray matter a LOT!

Then I noticed that pictures I'd tweaked with painstaking care to the utmost perfection I could achieve at home looked completely different when I visited my mom or grandma and looked at my birds on their computers. I was on the Wakodahatchee boardwalk discussing how different the pictures looked with several folks who were out there photographing birds too, and Terry P. said she calibrated her monitor. Huh? So... off I went to look up how to do that. Thanks Terry!

There are tons of pages on how to calibrate your monitor, lots of images to use, and additional software and hardware you can spend as much as you please on. Tweak your brightness and contrast, and if the grays in the image above have a color other than gray, adjust that individual color to make them gray (look for an RGB setting in the monitor menu). If you're still not happy with the display, do a web search on these words: calibrate monitor gamma.

 

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Butterflies
Moths
Caterpillars
Diving, Wading & Wetland Birds
Warblers & Little Birds
More Birds
Snakes, Lizards, and Slithery Critters
Spiders
Squishy Bugs
Lowes lied to me
Crunchy Bugs
More Creatures
Butterfly Nectar Plants
Butterfly & Moth Host Plants
Wetland plants
Vines
Lawn Weeds
Wildflowers
Other Plants & Fungi
Shrub, Bush & Tree Sized Plants
Paper Folding: Origami Bird, Egg, and Nest
Paper Quilling: Snowflake Ornaments
Cut Paper Snowflakes
Butterfly Garden Basics
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Index of everything that didn't fit on one of the other main pages
Privacy Policy
Lowes lied to me