What do my images look like on other peoples devices? You really need to think about this. Luckily I have an answer

How do your pictures look on someone else’s monitor?

I have a large, 23″, calibrated HD monitor. I work in a light controlled environmment. My edited photos always look perfect to me, in my controlled environment.

But have you ever looked at your photographs on someone elses monitor?

You might be in for a shock. 


You need to do this. 

They could look dreadful.

Probably dark. 

Colour off. Flat? Just wrong? So what do you do?

I did this once and was shocked by what other people were looking at. Very dark images. Nothing like the image I saw. But that was because my monitor was set too bright! 

One thing I now do with every image I edit before doing anything with it outside of my controlled environment is to simply view it on my IPhone.

Simple but effective.

An IPhone screen, or an IPad screen (If I had one that is)  is a pretty good representation of a general non-calibrated device that is used by most people.

As I work in Lightroo collections all the time now I just wait for the edited version of the image to appear on my phone, as the collection I am working in is always synced to Lightroom Mobile. And how do I know when the edited version appears?

Even easier.

Once I have finished editing I give the image a star rating. 

Once the star rating appears on the image on my phone I know I then have the latest edited version. 

Hope this quick Wednesday evening Lightroom tip helps. 

Rick McEvoy

I am Rick McEvoy, an architectural and construction photographer living and working in the South of England. I create high quality architectural photography and construction photography imagery of the built environment for architects and commercial clients. I do not photograph weddings, families, small people or pets - anything that is alive, moves or might not do as I ask!! I am also the creator of the Photography Explained Podcast, available on all major podcast providers. I have a blog on my website where I write about my work and photography stuff. Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB

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