Monday, October 15, 2012

Using a separate monitor for reference photos

The photo I used for this painting was taken on a very smoky day this fall.  The wind was from the north, blowing in smoke from fires in Montana.   I  recently bought a new 23" monitor which I connect to my laptop and display the photo I am using for reference in the studio.  I hung it on the wall on a mount that I can move so I can pull it closer to me or push further away.  I like it much better than printed photos, even from the drugstore.  My own printer leaves most of the color out, so it is useless, but I have been very pleased with the monitor.  It lets me see all the color, even in the dark areas. 


  1. Hi Joanne, lovely one. Yes using the laptop instead of a photo is an excellent idea. My printer does the same thing but the screen lets you zoom in and all that fun stuff. :) Have a great week.

  2. Actually, my monitor is much larger (23")than the laptop screen and I connect it so the photo shows in both places. It really does help, and the color is much more accurate than my laptop, which seems to grey everything out.