hardware vs software color war???

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Dale, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Dale

    Dale Guest

    hardware/colorant standards only???

    first things first, I have learned that "good enough" is sometimes
    preferred over perfection

    I forgot an early teaching of a good boss I had when I was doing C-41
    chemistry, that you could take any two of the three:
    quality
    cost
    time

    it is obvious for the life of consumer imaging that cost and time
    prevail, and this applies to some professional applications too,, but
    even consumer imaging requires some SOFTWARE applications like scene
    balance algorithms so that edits to view or print are minimal, even
    though cell phones have easy to learn editing as I have scene my family use

    so how far do hardware/colorant standards go like SWOP, sRGB,
    ProPhotoRGB, etc. ?

    SWOP began to die with Adobe Postscript Level 2 and their SOFTWARE
    standards like color rendering dictionaries (CRD) , then ICC killed it
    with SOFTWARE device independent color (CIE) and image
    portability/encoding/storage

    it is just as easy to use an ICC profile as a CRD, but a little harder
    to make one if you want the quality, when I worked at Kodak some of our
    color measurement instruments cost into six figures ($100,000 or more)

    their will come a time when hardware advances that the ICC SOFTWARE will
    be less of a burden, sort of like when java is going to mature and the
    patents Oracle has expires, who would not choose java and device
    independence/portability over C++? Same argument for images, you get
    some some additional cost over time with device independent/portable color

    If I was a betting man I would wager that open systems of
    hardware/colorants have even suffered at this point

    frankly I think that time was when sRGB was being suggested after SWOP
    died, almost 20 years ago (I complained on Kodak's ICC internal mailing
    list) too many hardware/colorant jobs would go, guess people have to
    work, software is less manpower intensive, that is a choice of cost
    above, when the time for java comes and it happens before color, color
    will come quickly, even for the consumer applications in that
    maintaining multiple software standards would be a higher cost choice
     
    Dale, Feb 9, 2014
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