Calibrating a retina display

Lille UlvenLille Ulven Lille UlvenScandinaviaPosts: 508Registered Users Major grins
edited July 15, 2015 in Digital Darkroom
Hi :)

I am trying to get a retina display calibrated correctly. So far I have been using the Spyder Pro 4, but compared to a non-retina display I am definitively not satisfied at all.

If you look at this photo: http://www.lilleulven.com/Photos/Macro/Plants/i-r7c3ST5/2/M/20130113_192206_NZ_Auckland_Auckland__www.LilleUlven.com-M.jpg on my retina-display it will look as if the petals of the flower have no details and are - especially the lower ones - of one single color. Looking at the very same photo on a non-retina calibrated display the result is different, here the details are all visible and I have nice shadings and "venes" visible in the flower. It is the exact same file and processing of course, both screens have been calibrated with the named Spyder Pro 4.
This difference is visible both in browsers - where to my understanding this is happening due to the resolution of the retina "pretending to be a higher res than it is in non-retina-resolution" but also in Lightroom.

So I wonder if there is any way at all to calibrate a retina display so that the details in the photo remain, because else I would wonder how to do any post-processing on retina displays at all.
I seriously don't want to end up with a new faster laptop that is no good for what it is bought for... so any help with this matter is highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Lille Ulven
http://www.lilleulven.com - The Photos of my travels
http://blog.lilleulven.com - The Stories of my travels

Comments

  • jheftijhefti Hyperope Posts: 734Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 7, 2015
    I don't think this is so much a problem with the calibration as it is a compatibility issue. The calibration only alters with color balance and (to some extent) the contrasts. Are you running the latest version of LR? I know the earlier versions did not play well with Retina displays.
  • NewsyNewsy Major grins Posts: 605Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 8, 2015
    Tell us more about the non-Retina calibrated display. Brand and model number?

    I'm curious to find our if it is a standard sRGB gamut like the Retina display, or if it is a wide gamut monitor which potentially would reveal more color nuances.

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  • Lille UlvenLille Ulven Lille Ulven ScandinaviaPosts: 508Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 12, 2015
    Sorry for the late reply but I actually didn't notice your answers before now - since I was on vacation for a week and am just trying to fetch up with everything now.

    LR version: 5.7
    Non-retina: MacBook Pro 15'' early 2011 model (Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB)
    Retina: MacBook Air 11'' early 2013 (Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 MB)
    http://www.lilleulven.com - The Photos of my travels
    http://blog.lilleulven.com - The Stories of my travels
  • NewsyNewsy Major grins Posts: 605Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 14, 2015
    OK, I see. That's not the answer. Both of your screens are standard sRGB gamut.
  • Lille UlvenLille Ulven Lille Ulven ScandinaviaPosts: 508Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 15, 2015
    Thanks Newsy - at least that rules out one error source. :)
    http://www.lilleulven.com - The Photos of my travels
    http://blog.lilleulven.com - The Stories of my travels
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