No Angle wrote in post #13696280
Ya I will admit that the majority of people that work at the pasadena store are worthless and you can tell they hate being there. I always talk to the same guy who is great and has a loyal customer following for a reason. I have not calibrated my monitors yet and I will do it at some point but I need better ones. I have 3 Asus ve248H's and they are not great for photos but I still get some really close prints. It makes me think that calibrating is a little over hyped and it boils down to your PP itself and what settings you use for printing. I have had wild results from changing one thing in print settings and also with the profile I have set in CS5. I will do it though when I get a good IPS monitor but right now I think it would be like polishing a turd, you will be really busy, but in the end it just a bigger mess. The biggest thing for me right now is finding interesting places to shoot in Socal, and I tried to join a group but it did not work out. I wanted to strangle the group leader because he was such a tool, trying to inflict his beliefs on everyone. So now I drag my girlfriend along and she really does not want to go all the time to find things to take pics of. I am also more into bird photos now, but I am still interested in HDR and scenic photog.
Ah I've never been to the Pasadena store. I've only shopped at the Santa Ana store which is not too far from me. There was a thread here awhile back about Samy's and plenty of people had complaints about the place so it's nothing new. I just go in, get what I want and attempt to get out in a hopefully reasonable amount of time.
I wouldn't say calibrating is hype. Think of it this way, how can you control what your photos will look like to other people, especially if you want to print or even display on the web. You may PP your photo one way but how do you know what the end result will really be when viewed by others? You can theoretically calibrate your monitor to match whatever the output from your printer is which is great if you only print from your printer, but you might not have a clue how everyone else (who has a calibrated monitor, or even non calibrated) will see the photo. Now the big issue is you have no clue if someone else has a monitor that is calibrated or not so it may look completely different to them but most who are serious about photography will have calibrated monitors. Which would be of great help if you want to post photos here and other places for some critique so that you could improve. Either way, it's one BIG variable that you can control when it comes to producing the final product. Plus you can always re-calibrate any monitor with whatever calibration kit you buy so it's not a total loss.
If you want to shoot more birds, take a drive down to Huntington Beach and stop by the Bolsa Chica wetlands. It's a great place to shoot and the bridge offers plenty of opportunity for those of us without any 400mm or longer lenses to grab some nice bird shots. Also if you take a drive further south a long the coast you'll find some great places for some landscape/seascape shots.