Using a TV for photo editing

Started Jan 18, 2022 | Discussions thread
MOD AcquiredTaste Veteran Member • Posts: 6,494
Re: Using a TV for photo editing

hemiola wrote:


I would like to ask if anyone is using a TV for photo editing in 2022 and what your observations and recommendations are.

For starters, let's try to get past "TVs are not meant for close up viewing" and "devices meant for viewing content shouldn't be used for content creation".

Also in order to hopefully steer the conversation I'd like to go over a couple of potential sticking points and things I've learned so far.

  1. Viewing distance and angle. Not an issue for me as I have a deep (1.2m desk).
  2. VA panel's BGR subpixel layout. Not ideal, but not a deal breaker either. With some scaling and ClearType tweaking I found the text and images appear reasonably sharp.

Should be a deal breaker.

  1. Color gamut. VA pannels usually get slammed compared to IPS counterparts (though they are superior in at least one metric namely static contrast). However, when it comes to HDR capable TVs they have to support wide color gamuts in order to pass certain certifications. It's not always clear and transparent what "wider" means though. In this particular case I'm looking at, it covers 100% of DCI-P3, which I think is the digital projection equivalent of AdobeRGB. Thoughts?

It's not going to be as good as a monitor.

  1. Color accuracy. This is probably the biggest issue and the only one I'm conflicted about. It's not a spec that TV manufacturers list, and I'm wondering if there's any way to quantify that. Does calibration help or is it even possible on a TV set?

You won't be able to calibrate it, and you won't get consistent accurate color. If you do not care about color accuracy, go for it. Otherwise, there is a very good reason people recommend against this idea.

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