While some YouTubers gripe that even 500 nits is too dim to edit photos or video, I’ve been learning to work with as little ambient light as possible and setting the monitor as close to 120 nits as I can. Addiction to bright displays is a seriously hard habit to kick, so I’m doing it gradually rather than going cold turkey. I keep some carrot sticks, celery stalks or cashew nuts nearby for times when I feel a craving for illumination gnawing at me. I also make sure to stay hydrated. The appetite for searingly bright displays often goes unnoticed by friends, family and loved ones until it’s too late. If left unchecked, it can lead to bankruptcy, divorce and even life threatening behavior. Symptoms may include sleeplessness, taking out huge loans to pay for ever brighter and larger displays, soaring energy bills, an unhealthy obsession with HDR, and talking about nits, contrast and microLEDs – even around perfect strangers or hapless children. Soon, the afflicted find themselves alone, penniless and abandoned by everyone they hold dear. I’m beginning to make some headway. I’m only just beginning to tolerate 200 nits. Adjusting to lower light levels could not only improve your life, but also prolong the life expectancy of your display. As a great DP once said, a true artist paints with shadows, not with light.

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