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What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing?

I have a bunch of photos taken in rather difficult lighting conditions and I am trying to make them look as good as possible for online publishing. (that is, I want to upload them on my webpage and to Google+).

I do not have control over the color profile of the screens of people who will be viewing my photos. Therefore, I guess I need do match the "common denominator" as best as I can. And edit the picture in a way that will look reasonably good on most consumer devices people use.

Is there some "most common" color profile for consumer grade monitors or advice on how to tone the pictures to look reasonably well almost everywhere?

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marked as duplicate by mattdm, John Cavan, rfusca Apr 17 '12 at 14:12

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Although the question I marked as a duplicate comes in from a different angle, I think my answer there (which is in the basic substance the same as what @Rob gives here) covers your situation pretty much exactly. –  mattdm Apr 16 '12 at 15:47
If I had found that question before, I wouldn't have asked this. But in Rob's answer, there is quite valuable link that addresses the fact that people often mess with brightness and contrast settings on their monitors and a method how to deal with it. So please do not close this, maybe some more good answers will come up. Also, this question is valuable from SEO perspective, because it has the word calibrate in the title, which is something that people interested in this topic may well use in their query –  user7610 Apr 16 '12 at 18:27
Don't overlook resolution. - If you think most people will be viewing in these resolutions then be sure to factor this in - if light box is an option use this to help. –  Rob Apr 16 '12 at 19:11
Questions that are marked as duplicates are not deleted, for exactly the reason you mention. They stay around but with clear pointers to the "canonical" question, so we get the best of both worlds. –  mattdm Apr 16 '12 at 20:33
Also: the search engine here is terrible, so there's no shame in not finding a similar older question, especially if it was asked using slightly different terms. –  mattdm Apr 17 '12 at 11:53

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This is an interesting question and I am glad you addressed the part about people having different setups

The "common denominator" as you call it for me would be sRGB ICC and this article Titled A Standard Default Color Space for the Internet: sRGB backs that theory up.

Use sRGB in your workflow and you should cover most bases

Hope this helps

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