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Gamma: Why Monitor Calibration Is Essential

While gamma is extremely difficult to understand in its entirety, digital photographers need to understand how it applies to images. Gamma dramatically affects how a digital image looks on a computer screen.

The term gamma is applicable in photographic terms when we want to view images on computer monitors. The concept is essential to grasp (even just on the surface) because the goal is to make a digital image that looks as good as possible on calibrated and uncalibrated monitors alike.

There are three types of gamma involved in digital images:

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