Using a TV for photo editing

Started Jan 18, 2022 | Discussions thread
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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.
  3. Pixel density. Having been spoiled in the last 5-7 years with 4K laptop screens and near 4K phone screens as well, we tend to perceive everything else as blurry or pixelated. Still, a 42.5" 4K screen has slightly higher ppi than a 24 or 27" monitor which I assume was the norm for most people until not THAT long ago (maybe still is for some).
  4. 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?
  5. 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?

Thank you in advance!

If your editor's colour management supports P3, no issue. Or, as some do, it may support sRGB in emulation mode.

DCI-P3 is not as big as AdobeRGB, but it isn't far off. However, if you can't use it as a working space, all bets are off.

Colour accuracy should not be a problem. However, you can usually adjust by eye to get reasonably close to a reference display if you have one handy.

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