Ideal Settings for Manual Screen Calibration for

Photography with a ColorMunki Photo


We are often asked what are the best calibration settings for their displays. The document below takes you through the settings and options to obtain the best possible profile for your monitor.

1.      Initially connect the ColorMunki Photo and reset your monitor to factory defaults – There is usually a setting in the ‘on screen display’menu (OSD). The OSD can usually be accessed by pressing the menu buttons on the front of the monitor. It is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the settings available through the monitors on OSD, as it will be used whenever you profile the monitor.

4.       If the monitor has a colour temperature setting in the OSD set it to 6500K (D65).

5.      Start the ColorMunki Photo software and open the preferences.

On a Windows PC click File > Preferences from the top menu strip.

On a Mac click ColorMunki Photo > Preferences, again from the top menu strip.

4.      In the ‘Display Profile Settings’:

a. Set the Gamma to 2.2 (this will then balance contrast with that of print).

b. Set the ICC version to 2.

c. Un-tick the DDC Calibration option

d. Un-tick the ‘Achieve display luminance value using video LUT’.

5.         In the ‘Verify Display Type’, select LCD.

6.         Highlight the ‘Advanced’ option.

7.        Highlight the ‘Set the luminance of my display to the following target value’ option and set it to 100. We generally recommend using a fixed brightness on the screen and try to control your working environment to keep it as stable as possible. It is also worth considering fitting a monitor hood especially if you are working in brighter conditions.

8.      Set the Target White Point for display to D65 (Default) this is ideal for photographic use*.

10.      Click Next and this will then run the profile. After you have been prompted to calibrate the ColorMunki Photo (this occurs at the start of each calibration session), place the device on the screen. The software will initially check the screen’s contrast. If it finds this is incorrect it will prompt you to adjust the contrast (usually accessed from the screen’s OSD) up to 100% and then gradually bring it down until you get a tick in the meter at the top left of the screen. Often the contrast is correct after a factory reset so it may not prompt you to alter it and go directly to the luminance setting.

11.      The software will then ask you to adjust the brightness of the screen using the OSD to bring it down to the 100Cd level and then, once set, it will take the readings to profile your screen. Just make sure that the monitors OSD is not under the device as it will give incorrect readings. There is usually an OSD setting to move its window away from the centre of the screen.

12.        Once calibrated save the profile with a suitable name.

* If you are still getting some color-cast with the profile produced it may be improved by using ‘Native’ in the white point setting (see step 8)