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News & monitor calibration w/ globellColor *Advertorial*

28/04/2018

Since its birth on November 1st, 2016, #allcitiesarebeautiful, in a way, had become way more than I anticipated. It has turned into something beautiful and exciting for me, something that fuels my passion and butters my croissant on a constant level. So many great people were and still are willing to participate, share their personal history and beautiful photographs with me and everyone else, and for that, I am deeply grateful – but, I admit, I’m also a little proud of myself. I’m proud of having build something that didn’t exist before, and proud to have gained so many supporters from all over the world in such a relatively short period of time.

More than 13.000 tagged images on Instagram, almost 10.000 website visitors since November 1st, and an increasing amount of submissions – which are about to be published soon – as well as random Emails and Messages from people just wanting to say that they’re digging this project, all this is making me proud and more and more confident to try out new things, develop new ideas, and push #allcitiesarebeautiful continuously forward into the unknown. 

Thank you to everyone who helped this site turn into something beautiful and vibrant; something that will hopefully inspire and connect other people, form new connections and give birth to new ideas. Thank you, to everyone who already participated and shared his words and works, and to those who are interested in doing so in the future. You guys are the best! 

Since #allcitiesarebeautiful is still in its infant stage but is already creating some wonderful situations, I’m really eager to try out new things and see where they’re going. Therefore I’ve decided to pair up with a German company called globellColor from Kempen near my hometown in North Rine-Westphalia. globellColor developed a monitor calibration tool – successfully funded through Kickstarter  – which I was particularly interested in testing and writing on, hoping to provide some further exposure to their tool and presenting you something of possibly great use. 

On monitor & color calibration w/ globellColor - © Alexandre Kurek - allcitiesarebeautiful.com / #allcitiesarebeautifulOn monitor calibration w/ globellColor

I as a photographer myself have a particular interest in using a monitor calibration tool to properly set up my computers and monitors and to provide printing companies with a matching color profile, in order to create the best possible results on every end, since proper calibration will ensure that all the colors and black levels are true, and that the monitor is producing the best results for editing and viewing images. Especially in terms of creating exhibition pieces, presentations, or printed portfolios – which can turn out to be pretty expensive – it is important for me to get things right in the first, or second attempt. So I gave the globellColor Suite consisting of their monitor calibration tool plus software a shot and was fully satisfied with the results. 

The monitor calibration tool

The monitor calibration tool itself is of pretty solid build, using a two-lens system developed in collaboration with the German lens manufacturer Meyer Optik Görlitz – a company which some of you and especially film photographers probably already know about – which guarantees maximum, unrestricted light absorption during the calibration process. It is mounted on a metal base and placed in front of the display which allows the unique ability of measuring from a distance while taking the ambient light into account and leaving hoods attached to some monitors to remain attached – how conveniently.

On monitor & color calibration w/ globellColor - © Alexandre Kurek - allcitiesarebeautiful.com / #allcitiesarebeautiful

The calibration software

The software, included in the globellColor Suite and downloadable from their website, is pretty easy to set up and use. It’s slim and fast, doesn’t take up too much space or resources, and does what it’s supposed to do, i.e. properly calibrating your monitor and easily creating a color profile ready to be used with any image editing and printing software. It comes with a set of monitor presets to use during the calibration process and is fully customizable to fit your preferences. The globellColor Suite is available for both Mac and Windows. 

If you’re interested in taking your photography a step forward and creating great prints and portfolios, and/ or if you’re serious about your work and want to make sure that people experience your images in the best possible way, I would highly encourage you to consider the process of monitor calibration.

Get a 10% discount

If you want to purchase the globellColor Suite use the code gc04-allci18 in order to get a 10% discount. In return, I’ll get a small percentage of the sale as well. You can place your order via their website → globell-color.com

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