I'm looking for advice/recommendations on equipment to calibrate my monitor.
My current computer hardware is a Dell Precision M6400 laptop with an NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1GB graphics adapter and a 17" WUXGA RGB LED 1920 x 1200 screen. I am running 64-bit Windows 7 SP1.
I would like to calibrate my display for both color and exposure. In fact, exposure/brightness often seems to be my biggest problem. I've manually dimmed my screen to try compensate for what can be a very bright display. I use the histogram in Photoshop when converting RAW files. I sometimes print test images on my Canon printer to gauge whether or not what I'm seeing on the screen is what I'll get in print. But even when the prints off of my printer look good, the prints I get back from labs such as Mpix often come back darker than expected. (Do these labs make automatic adjustments to pictures before printing them?)
Thanks in advance for your help. If anyone has suggestions not directly related to calibration hardware, I welcome those comments as well.