I keep seeing posts discussing the importance of the room's ambient light conditions- which I certainly do not have figured out.
It kind of gets blown out of proportion as specified by just “ambient conditions
”. It should not be too bright. It can’t be too dim. It should not be brighter than the display, it should not change (at least while you are editing your images). Be useful if the illuminant isn’t gooofy (meaning a metal halide light bouncing off a pink wall <g>). It should not
strike the display!
What does need to be defined and controlled to a larger degree is the print next to the display that you hope to view and see a match to that display. That gets far less attention than “ambient light
” which maybe is a general topic that is supposed to cover this quite important print viewing condition.
What color temp is optimal?
It terms of that which is used to view the print, it would depend upon what kind of illuminant you’ll end up using (Fluorescent, Solux). Keep in mind the values supplied in Kelvin define are a range of colors so don’t get too caught up in the specifics. If you look at the Correlated Color Temperature values of say a GTI Fluorescent booth and a Solux bulb, they differ numerically as does the quality of their spectrum. Decide what “technology” of light you wish to use, then you can decide on a CCT Kelvin value from there.