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It is important to note that images may look different, sometimes quite considerably when viewed under different conditions such as the type of monitor, the screen resolution, bit depth, etc.
To ensure that the photographs seen on this site appear as they were intended, please take a few moments to have a look at the simple chart provided below.
The three top bars have been prepared such that when viewed at a distance of around 10 feet or more from the monitor, the left bar should appear slightly darker than the neutral grey surrounding. The bar in the centre should appear to blend with the surrounding while the right bar should be lighter.
The lower bar on the other hand, features 16 key shades of greyscale across. You should be able to reasonably distinguish between these 16 shades. If you only see differences amongst the middle and lower shades your monitor is too bright. If you only see differences between the higher and middle shades your monitor is too dark. You can use the references above as a guide to adjust your monitor accordingly.
Bear in mind also that some LCD screens will typically display these galleries with a little more contrast as well as appear slightly darker than intended.
Ideal viewing will be at 1024x768px and higher resolutions, at 32bit ('true' colour). Ideal viewing conditions can be obtained by using a display which has been hardware calibrated using a measurement device.
The above information seeks to minimise as much as possible perceived differences between the appearance of colours/tones on screen and in print.
See also: Viewing preferences