Color Space; sRGBIEC61966-2.1 vc Adobe RGB 1998 /PS7.

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Ken Ellis, Nov 14, 2003.

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    Ken Ellis Guest

    I was wondering if anyone had advice regarding which color space to
    use? Default is sRGB.. while it's suggested that RGB 1998 is better;
    particularly with regard to color correction. I have switched my space
    to the second...but ironically when I open a pic from my SONY F707
    digicam - it says it has sRGB info and do I want it coverted?

    *Ques: is there any advantage to using sRGB if the pics have this
    info or should I let PS7 convert it to RGB 1998?

    Thanks alot

    Ken Ellis, Nov 14, 2003
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    Bob Hatch Guest

    Stay with sRGB. That's what your camera is tagging it as, what your printer
    will print as, what most every lab printer will use as the default output.

    Adobe RGB for digital photography is vastly over rated.
    Bob Hatch, Nov 15, 2003
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    Eric Gill Guest

    Except, of course, that it yields considerably more vibrant color than

    I wondered why all the D-100 shots I was getting were so bland whilst my
    10D shots were gorgeous. Applying aRGB answered that question.
    Eric Gill, Nov 15, 2003
  4. Ken Ellis

    Ken Ellis Guest

    Thanks for the advice Bob.



    Ken Ellis, Nov 15, 2003
  5. Ken Ellis

    Ken Ellis Guest

    Yes...since i posted this question I have experimented with some of
    the opening options presented by photoshop. When I initially open
    the pic in 'adobe1998 space, it gives choices of maintaining sRGB or
    converting to current space, or discarding sRGB coding. When I
    "discard" the info I find the pic opens with a much greater color
    value; and more pleasing to the eye. "converting" did not yeild the
    same vividness. I suppose this will warrant a bit more scientific
    experimentation by myself..but there are definate differences. I don't
    know at this point on how to address the print/output question.
    Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated; how do your
    turn out?

    Kind Regards

    Ken Ellis, Nov 15, 2003
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    Eric Gill Guest

    I have yet to output anything at a photolab from sRGB; my camera captures
    in this space to begin with, and the D100 shots I get go into stuff that is
    offset printed in CMYK.

    However, even in that very limited gamut colorspace, I find stuff converted
    from aRGB to CMYK is better saturated and the colors more vibrant than sRGB
    stuff. Some photographers get better color out of their D100s than others,
    but all of them benefit from the conversion.

    This is a great surprise, as I thought devices that captured in sRGB sould
    truncate the colors, but it seems to be not the case.

    It's best to shoot RAW and fiddle with the colorspace and such when
    opening, of course, but I seldom get that option.

    YMMV. I'm open to any methodology that might improve the situation.
    Eric Gill, Nov 15, 2003
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