To my great disappointment, I think my video card is on the fritz again....
The good news? I just bought it a month ago - so if it is the video card going bad again, it should be under warranty.
The bad news?? It might be my monitor instead... Oh the horror!!
So - in order to figure out what the true problem is, I have changed out monitors. I took the monitor from my husband's now dead computer (long story involving a lightning storm..... actually, not that long, but it involves a lightning storm.)
As I turned on the computer and looked at my desktop, the internet, and my photos with the different monitor, my heart sank!!
These are not the pictures I have taken and created. I have poured my soul into many of these, my favorite, photos and now they don't look anything like what I remember!! Has my monitor been lying to me all these months? Did I think I was creating deep, vibrant, jewel-toned colors only to find that they AREN'T?!??
AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!! I'm melting, melting!!!! *imagine wicked witch of the west* Actually, it's too hot here, I probably am melting!!!
All that aside, it does bring up an interesting thing - calibrating your monitor. I remember reading about it last year in one of the dozens of books I picked up at the library. I remember that it was supremely important to make sure the colors on your monitor were actually true to the colors intended. If not, you might think you are creating a wonderful portrait, only to print them off and find that everyone's skin is a lovely alien green/gray!
My problem? I read this in one of many books over a year ago, and I can't remember how to do it! Not only that, this isn't my monitor.... Is my hubby going to flip if I change up things on his monitor? (He's kinda possessive about his belongings...)
Well, while I let my computer run long enough to have problems, I'll leave you with the "green" photo of children....
What it looked like when I had it printed at Wal-Mart: :(
Sad - so sad....
1. NEVER go to Wal-Mart to have your photos printed!!!
2. Make sure your monitor is calibrated, so you aren't living a lie!!!!
PS - yes, it's a touch dramatic today, but it is SO frustrating (and it's very hot)!!! I can't do anything except take more pictures. Posting them or editing is pretty much out of the question at the moment...