Top five things to consider when buying photography monitors
The importance of hardware in photography stretches far beyond the lens of the camera. Choosing the right monitor display is important for both professional and amateur photographers – especially those who are looking to edit and print their work – but it can be a challenge. To help ease the stress of selecting a new display, we have outlined some of the key features to consider before making your next purchase:
1 - COLOUR IS VITAL
Colour is critical to photography. Ensuring the colours you see when you snap your photo match those on your display when it is time to edit is not always a smooth process. Investing in a monitor that supports professional grade colour spaces such as sRGB and Adobe RGB is a good place to start, but many monitors can now go further. By achieving 99% Adobe RGB and 95% DCI-P3 colour coverage, the ViewSonic VP2785-4K provides the flexibility to work with a wider range of colours. This extra colour allows you to take advantage of using richer hues when preparing photos for print.
If accurate colour reproduction is vital to your work, also consider the Delta E value of a new display – bearing in mind that anything less than 1.0 is not perceivable to the human eye.
2 - DOES SIZE MATTER?
While subjective, professionals have traditionally enjoyed the compact nature of monitors between 24 and 27 inches for photography work. However, with more ultra-wide monitors entering the market, there is a growing trend to invest in larger displays – upwards of 32 inches. Now the decision to purchase an ultra-wide monitor like the 38-inch ViewSonic VP3881 may come down to desk space – but if you have it, many photographers enjoy the creative freedom of being able to run multiple programs across several windows at the same time.
3 – TO 4K OR NOT TO 4K?
When you begin researching monitors, you will no doubt be bombarded with terms related to resolution. 4K is a popular buzzword but what does it mean for you? In short, the higher the number of pixels the sharper and clearer the on-screen image will be. For instance, a Full HD display is twice as clear as a HD display – whereas the new ViewSonic VP3268-4K monitor enables photographers and videographers to work on Ultra HD 4K content.
If budgets can stretch to 4K that is great – but it is not always a deal breaker for getting high-quality photography monitors.
4 – ARE YOU MY TYPE?
Screen type is one of the lesser known monitor features, yet one that can greatly affect the user experience. Most professional photographers favour an IPS (In-plane switching) display which has better viewing angles and produces richer colours; ideal for editing and creating vibrant images. This is the main reason why ViewSonic’s entire VP range uses this panel type.
5 – INTRODUCING ERGONOMICS
One of the last things many people consider – but should be thought about more – is the design of a display and its flexibility of viewing angles and ability to tilt and swivel. Most people use photography monitors in landscape mode by default. But what if you have the perfect portrait shot and you want to see how it looks full screen? Having a monitor that can easily turn 90 degrees into portrait mode can be particularly helpful – just take a look at the ViewSonic VP2768-4K monitor which offers a full range of swivel, pivot, tilt and height adjustments.
Also keep an eye on connectivity options, especially if you want to connect a monitor to a secondary device like a laptop. Certain manufacturers feature different options so it is always worth investing in monitors that offer USB-C, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity to give yourself a wide selection.
By taking into consideration all the factors above, you should be able to find a model that suits both your financial and workflow needs.
For more information on ViewSonic’s range of photography monitors, visit https://color.viewsonic.com