This is a quote from something I wrote for another website:” In order to avoid eye strain and extend the life of your display, it’s recommended to set a suitable display luminance in relation to the ambient lighting on and around the work surface. The brightness or luminance level is difficult to set, because there is no ‘one good value’. You need to determine what works for you based on your environment and comfort. In brightly lit environments, you will need a brighter monitor and lighter black point to see detail well. In a dark environment you will want a dimmer display. Recommended luminance values are between 85-95 cd/m2 for CRT displays and often a higher value for LCD screens (100 – 140 range?). The ambient lighting on and around the work surface or room lightning condition should be mid-level or below (dimly lit); no direct light should shine on the screen. Absolute darkness is not a normal viewing situation and is not recommended.
An aid can be this Monitor Black Point Check http://www.drycreekphoto.com/Learn/C...itor_black.htm
There are also grayscale patches on various websites like on dpreview at the bottom of every review page to make some checks that your current settings aren't causing a loss of detail (clipping) at the white or black ends.”
I can see the poster without any effort. If you can’t see the poster, you can try to use a higher brightness level. Not all monitors are capable of displaying very low values.
It’s not true that printers cannot print very dark values. You can use this http://www.outbackphoto.com/booklets...rinterRamp.tif
to see were your printer has its limits. On my Epson R2400 I can see a difference between all patches. I agree, the image is way too dark.