X100 sRGB or Adobe RGB

Started Dec 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
Rand 47
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Re: X100 sRGB or Adobe RGB
In reply to Ryan Williams, Dec 25, 2012

Ryan Williams wrote:

It still matters as you can't have an image without it existing in some kind of colour space, however the RAW itself contains no such info — only once it's brought into a RAW processor will it be assigned a profile, so in Lightroom that'd be sRGB.

Other processors may vary in what profile they use, and it's even possible the X-mount cameras could embed a meta/EXIF into the RAW file which tells the RAW processor which profile to use if it supports that option, though I doubt this is the case.

If you are saying that the native colors space for LR is sRGB, that's incorrect.  LR uses ProPhoto RGB when working with RAW files.  You may, of course export w/ whatever color space your image needs for its intended display mode.

A good reason to work in a large color space with RAW files is that you retain flexibility and don't throw away color information that you can never get back.  Your display needs may not be able to display it now, but who knows what the future holds.  The Apple retina display is close to Adobe RGB now, so sRGB is already an obsolete and too small color space for retina devices.  And if you work in sRGB and someone ends up wanting a nice print of your image, well it won't be as good as it could have been, potentially,  because you trashed color information that current printers can print.

Best,

Rand

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