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Why do photos of digital screens turn out the way they do?

This is moiré. It occurs because a screen is actually a grid of squares that are being used to make the image. When it ends up trying to be mapped to another grid of pixels (either by being captured ...
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Trying to have prints match closely to a monitor?

Other users gave great answers about tuning your computer. However since you mentioned costco, this is a costco specific answer: I've sent many prints to costco and had great luck. However not so ...
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Why are the color spaces we have access to incomplete?

First Question If all colors are combinations of red, green and blue, and my monitor's pixels use all three, why is its color space limited to so small a portion of the actual complete color space? ...
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Why do photos of digital screens turn out the way they do?

As your existing (+1) answer says, it's a Moiré pattern. But you see it particularly when the image is scaled. You don't say what does the scaling, but I'm guessing you're just zooming the display, ...
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Why are the color spaces we have access to incomplete?

why is its color space limited to so small a portion of the actual complete color space? Because the "red", "green" and "blue" which your monitor uses are pale, probably not noticeable but still pale....
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Should I return my new wide-gamut monitor or buy an expensive calibrator?

Yes - you need to calibrate your monitor. One option, which is what I did, is to buy a relatively cheap colorimeter, at the time the Huey Pro was generally available. I used it as a travel ...
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Pseudo high-bit grayscale - does this idea already exist?

Yes, it exists and it is called pseudo-gray.
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What are the lines on a screen looked through the camera with varying ISO's?

You are seeing the scanning of the screen. Try shooting an airplane propeller next! The exposure is made with a travelling slit so different parts of the image are exposed at different times and the ...
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Photoshop Image mode and bit depth

When you work in 16 bits mode, the pixel data have 16 bits/channel, thus 65536 shades per channel. Your display has 8 or 10 bits/channel, thus 256 or 1024 shades per channel. The way you convert ...
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What colour space does Adobe Lightroom use in the Develop Module?

1) I have never seen any official information, but various people close to the LR development team indicated at numerous occasions that LR is internally using color space that they named Melissa, ...
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Why can't one calibrate a monitor with a DSLR & a color chart?

In theory, this seems fine, but a cheap color calibration device gives you steps 1 and 2 already done, plus 3 done with many, many more samples than a color chart, and 4 done automatically. I'm ...
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How to set up correct color profile in Windows?

The question is very broad and probably beyond the scope of an answer here. Entire books have been written regarding points 1-5 of your question. It seems that all of that is really just a long ...
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Trying to have prints match closely to a monitor?

Some high-end, made for visual-arts work monitors ship with pretty decent color profiling from the factory. But if you're looking for a cheaper option, you definitely need a color calibrator. There's ...
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Pseudo high-bit grayscale - does this idea already exist?

You have already pointed out the exact reason this wouldn't be worth the effort of implementing. The slight tint shouldn't be noticeable. The minute differences in brightness wouldn't be ...
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What are the lines on a screen looked through the camera with varying ISO's?

This type of monitor uses a cathode ray picture tube. This is a design taken from analog TV technology. The image on the screen is glowing pixels of red, green and blue phosphorus. In the neck of the ...
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How do I set the RGB values of my monitor to match 6000K for calibration?

Well, if there was a magic RGB setting working for all monitors in the world, there would be no need for calibration anymore, now, would there? In order to bring your display to a given temperature, ...
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Why can't one calibrate a monitor with a DSLR & a color chart?

Taking an image "Outside" does not guarantee you D65 color temperature, unless measured. Also without having drivers adjusted to provide a D65 simulation on your monitor, the results can not be ...
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Why do photos of digital screens turn out the way they do?

If the problem only happens when scaling, then that means the scaling is bad. A simple/low quality algorithm was used and therefore the scaled image looks differently than the original. With a quality ...
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Why are the color spaces we have access to incomplete?

Your basic assumption: "If all colors are combinations of red, green and blue" is just wrong. Rafael says it works on humans, but this is also wrong. Let me answer this: "What colors are we NOT seeing ...
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Mirrorless Problem? How do you verify that the image you have just took is sharp when you are out shooting?

Regardless, what tips could you provide to verify that your photos will look perfect on your screen when you are out shooting? You can't. There are several reasons why. There's no such thing as a ...
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Trying to have prints match closely to a monitor?

To obtain consistent results, you should calibrate your output devices and use print services for which color-correction profiles are available. Dry Creek Photo provides ICC profiles for many Costco ...
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Why do photos of digital screens turn out the way they do?

As other answers state, the effect is called Moire. But why does it happen when you downscale or zoom-out? As prevoiusly stated Moire happens when two patterns interact, specially if the two patterns ...
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How to best take a picture of a screen, like a computer monitor, with a phone camera?

On the iPhone, taking the picture in HDR mode gives you a composite of three photos taken and low, medium and hi range. As a result you are likely to catch all of the pixels at least once.
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Should I return my new wide-gamut monitor or buy an expensive calibrator?

1) Is it worth sucking it up and shelling out the dough for a calibrator, especially if don't print? Do these calibrators usually fix all issues like colors running hot and will my monitor be perfect ...
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Should I return my new wide-gamut monitor or buy an expensive calibrator?

Why do you think your Macbook or IPhone & IPad has the calibrated screens or why are you trying to achieve those colors. As you have adequately put, you have did your research and bought the "best ...
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Tethered Shooting and Monitor - Nikon 3DX

Ok - I found a simple answer - I just need to press the Play button to reactivate the monitor.
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Can an amateur significantly improve colour on a factory-calibrated monitor (like the Dell U2414H)?

Calibration with a hardware calibration tool (I use an X-Rite Colormunki) will improve display accuracy. Factory calibration may get the best out of the display using its internal controls, e.g. ...
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Why are the color spaces we have access to incomplete?

Color space has 2 words... Color and space. Color If all colors are combinations of red, green, and blue... Incorrect. That is a simplification that works on humans. Our eyes have receptors that use ...
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How to process DSLR RAW files for display on modern HDR-capable TVs & computer monitors? (actual 10bit/ch or 12bit/ch dynamic range)

Your first step is to find out what formats the TV can decode. JPEG2000 is one candidate TIFF is another, but the TIFF spec is a can of worms allowing creation of new tags with alternative decoding ...
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Is Nikon D3200 compatible with external monitor?

Is Nikon D3200 compatible with external monitor? Not while recording using Nikon's, Adobe's, or any other applications that use Nikon's SDK. Not even while using applications, such as digiCamControl,...
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