I know there are several threads related to this topic on this forum, but I thought I would ask my specific question to see if I could get some solid answers as it relates to my situation.
I will be buying a new monitor soon to attach to my laptop only for use in photo editing. Up to this point, all of my work has been done in sRGB as most of it is just put online, although I do have about one print order per month through my website. I am wondering if it is worth the extra cost to get a wide gamut monitor, such as the Dell U2410 (which has had many issues with a green-to-pink tinting problem in the past and makes me a bit leery) or if I should stick to a standard like the new Dell U2412m. However, I am not necessarily more concerned about the cost, but about the additional workflow and hassle that surrounds working in a wider color space such as aRGB.
So I'd like some input from folks that have been using aRGB for a while now. Since most of my images just show up online, I assume that would mean I would process my images in aRGB through Photoshop/Lightroom, then have to save an additional copy of the image in sRGB to be used for web posting. That's a bit extra work, but still doable even though I will post dozens of photos from a particular photo outing. However, in order to get accurate prints, if someone orders from my website, I would then have to replace the file on the web to be printed with the copy of the photo that is in aRGB. THAT seems like a hassle, but is still doable with my website since I have a few proofing days set.
Or, should I just forget using a wider color space and continue using sRGB as I have been? Of course, the prints may not turn out 100% accurate with what I am seeing on my calibrated monitor, but for people ordering my photos who likely don't have a calibrated monitor, would they even notice? Or would the difference between their monitor and a calibrated one be larger than between a wide and standard color space?
As you can see, I'm trying to talk myself into just getting a standard gamut monitor and continue to work in sRGB. As much as I would like customers to get perfect replications of the colors I see when I process the photos, I highly doubt anyone would even recognize the differences between sRGB and aRGB unless I pointed them out side by side.
What are your thoughts on this? Thanks.