A Question On Color Space.

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  1. DennyCrane

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    Does anyone use Adobe RGB as their camera's color space? Are there any real world advantages in shooting that over sRGB?
     
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    No there aren't. Most people will not be able to tell the difference; however most industries that have a need for a "color space" will use sRGB as their default. The old adage has been - if you know what you're doing, use whichever space your comfortable with. If not, just use sRGB.
     
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    I wrote a quick opinion here:

    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...prophoto-colour-management-general-worth.html

    In summary you get benefits only if you carefully colour manage your image from start to end, print on a very very high quality printer, and have a scene that actually extends out of the normal colour gamut. Things like sunsets often do, but most other scenes fit quite nicely in sRGB. But these three conditions rarely line up nicely so my personal opinion is it's not worth the hassle of having to ensure you convert between colour spaces when uploading or sending images across the internet, or insuring the correct colour profile is given to the printing company.
     
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    We use AdobeRGB (1998) in our entire workflow---our Canon Mark II's let us specify it as the shooting space, then we specify it as our RGB color space in Photoshop as well. I've always read that the Adobe RGB space has a bigger color gamut than the older sRGB space.

    Andrew Boyd
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    That's what I've read, too. I might try some shooting & processing in Adobe and see if there's a noticeable (to me at least) difference.

    Thanks all for the responses.
     
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    If you're really that concerned about it, shoot in RAW and edit in ProPhoto RGB. It has a larger gamut than even Adobe RGB, as Garbz mentioned.

    Understanding ProPhoto RGB

    Regardless, if you shoot in RAW you can go back and reprocess the photo in whatever color space you want.

    Personally I don't bother. I just edit in sRGB as all my photos go straight to the Web anyway.

    Nice write up Garbz. One thing I don't understand is the 16-bit color depth. Is there a benefit to processing in 16-bit sRGB?
     
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    I think it depends on what you're doing.

    I had a couple of images that were driving me nuts because I couldn't get the blues to look right. I finally woke up and reprocessed them to Adobe 1998 and ProPhoto RGB and everything looked absolutely perfect, as did the prints. sRGB just didn't cut it...usually it works out fine but not in this case.
     
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    Did you then print them yourself, or did your printer print them in ProPhoto?
     
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    I did it myself. I use an Epson R1800 - the prints were pretty much a dead match. I know a good number of printers want things in sRGB so that would obviously be something to consider.
     
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    I have my camera set to Adobe RGB, as from what I've read it records more colours than sRGB. I'm not sure if it actually makes a difference, but when I'm shooting I'd rather have the most information possible, at least to start.
     
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    Do you print your own, or send out? If you send out, do you notify your printer that you work in Adobe RGB?
     
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    It does, but if you shoot raw it's mostly irrelevant.
     

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