Whenever somebody complains that their photos do not look â€œrightâ€, the â€œMr Know-It-Allâ€ will always give the same answer:
Hey, idiot! Why are you asking that dumb question? Obviously, you didn't calibrate your â€¦
Just add the word monitor, printerâ€¦
Does calibration help? Yes, but not as much as you think, the problem is that it's almost impossible to match colors over different mediums. You can say and do whatever you want, you will never be able to exactly match the LCD screen that is illuminated from behind to a print that reflects light.
So what can you do? You have to make some choices and decisions.
You can calibrate everything and use Pantone colors (standard colors) in your photos, while matching the Pantone colors at every step of the way and hope/pray that the other people viewing your photos/prints are also fully calibrated from their lighting to their Adobe RGB capable LCD monitors.
You can decide that most of your photos are used for screen display by other people or to be viewed in various web browser, on iPhones/smartphones, photo framesâ€¦