This is actually a suggestion for the TC-RTC.
What we try to do in this competition is achieving the best
However we have the calibration issue. What one sees
is not what others see. The calibration can even be part
of either concept, artistic, and technical. It is much more
important than one can think at first.
Some of us had this problem in the last round. I wanted
"Earth-born" (and Chris wanted "Pocket Dragon") to be very
dark. But if it happens that the reviewer has a very high
brightness, the visual result would not look the same at all.
Of course it is impossible for us to be perfectly synchronized.
I cannot post an image here and say "please synchronize
your monitor according to that image", because I may not
have a proper calibration myself.
However whatever calibration would do it, because the
point is only for us to be synchronized. But it is also better
not to have to change our settings too much.
So I propose the following solution. A simple calibration section
could be added to the TC-RTC site. In this section, there would
be about 10 calibrations of a given image (a photograph or
whatever). Let's say the darkest gamma up to the brightest one
(0.5 to 3.0) from image #1 to image #10.
And then people will simply select (through a pop-up menu)
the image that suits best the monitors they are used to work
with. After 10-20 votes, we will get the perfect average
calibration. If the democratic choice is image #4, then
people who didn't choose that image would have to adjust
their monitors for this image #4 to be their new best.
If for me image #8 was the best, then I would probably
need to change the brightness (and/or gamma and/or contrast)
a lot to be compatible with image #4 (which was way too
dark for me).
One interesting point here is that we won't necessarily get
the same calibration. Indeed a bias is introduced: the taste!
If one likes slightly brighter images, this fact will be
considered somehow in the process. As if I personally
like darker images, then tuning them according to my
taste will automatically fit everybody's taste.
Because I tuned my monitor according to image #4,
but also according to my taste in the first place. Since
everybody did the same, we have a perfect match.
What do you think?
I don't know how easy it is on Windows, but on Macintosh,
it is straightforward to generate a custom monitor profile.
I would like to create a TC-RTC profile, and tune all my
further entries according to that profile. And, as a result,
I would enjoy to stop worrying about it.
I think a good calibration reference sample could be
"Fire and Ice" from Angela in the Contrast round.
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