Computer Basics: Understanding Monitors

  • Instructors:
    Ron Nichols

    PPA Members:


    You don’t have to work for Hewlett Packard or Dell to know that good computer equipment is essential to your career. But when it comes to monitors, the window through which you view all your work, how do you know what’s best?

    In this course, PPA instructor, Ron Nichols, demystifies monitors, helping you understand what you need and why.

    During Ron’s video presentation, you’ll learn:

    • The importance of your monitor – from color calibration to graphics capability and more, everything you do is done on and viewed through your monitor. Learn how to choose the best.
    • The technology behind the screen – learn about PVAs, TN+ and IPS, pixel response time and why it’s important. The more you know, the better buying decisions you’ll make.
    • Specifications – discuss size and resolution, viewing angles and input terminals. The devil is in the details, and you’ll want to examine them all before any purchase.

    Best of all, Ron leaves you with his expert opinions and suggestions, so that even with all this knowledge, you still won’t be navigating this purchase alone.

    We value your feedback and want to know how we can improve. Please share your thoughts about the class here.

  • Duration: 0:30:56 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Ron Nichols

        Ron Nichols

        M.Photog.Cr., API

        Ron Nichols, M.Photog.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., API, has been a successful professional photographer for over 25 years. His Grand Ledge, Michigan studio specializes in family portraits, children and high school seniors. In addition to his studio work, he's worked as a consultant for many other studios and works with manufacturers and software developers on ways to best integrate their products into studios.

        As a beta tester for labs and developers, he quickly learned and created solutions to optimize workflow. He also developed the Ron Nichols Studio Retouching Palette that has simplified portrait retouching and is now being used in studios around the world. He even teaches digital workflow and sales through in-studio seminars, at affiliate schools, conventions and lab-sponsored events.

        A PPA past president, Ron is current president of the Society of XXV, an elite group of world-class photographers. He has earned Gallery and Masterpiece Awards along with PPA International Loan Collection image recognitions. In 1998, he received the PPA National Award, and in 2011, was presented the Leadership Award by the United Nations International Photographic Council.

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