Color Space - Shooting and Editing

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Ernie Misner
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Re: Color Space - Shooting and Editing

MisterBG wrote:

Ernie Misner wrote:

Kaj E wrote:

Sagittarius wrote:

Flyer4Ever wrote:

Hi everyone,

I'm aware of the differences and limitations of the 3 color spaces: sRGB, Adobe RGB and ProPhoto RGB but in order to be editing in the higher color spaces, do we also need to shoot in Adobe RGB?

Currently I am shooting in sRGB but after importing into LR, I export to Photoshop in ProPhoto RGB and save as PSD. Once I'm happy with the result, I'll export to jpg and convert to sRGB to display on web.

I'm curious if I need to shoot in Adobe RGB from the very beginning in order to preserve the color space. Or can I continue shooting in sRGB and exporting to PS as ProPhoto RGB and then convert to sRGB for web? I'm also confused how it's possible to convert my sRGB RAW to ProPhoto RGB PSD if I didn't shoot in a wider color space to begin with..

Thanks in advance!

If you shoot in RAW, it does not matter what color space you shoot in. RAW file can be opened in any color space. When you convert it to another format, than you can choose color space.

The advantage of shooting in Adobe RGB is that the wider gamut of the embedded image which is used for the display of the histogram in camera is more useful than the sRGB histogram. If you shoot sRGB the camera histogram shows clipping when there is none when you edit in a wider gamut.

We all (raw shooters) desire a true raw histogram, so shooting in AdobeRGB gets us one step closer to that it sounds like? Have you done an in-camera test where you shoot the same scene twice with the camera set to sRGB for one shot and AdobeRGB for the second shot, and then compared how much different the histogram is between the two? Or would that even work?
Also do you set your picture mode to neutral rather then landscape or vivid to get a more (or less) accurate histogram for your raw file? Thanks.

ALL the camera settings such as color space, color profile ONLY apply to the in-camera jpeg, which is used on the cameras display, even if your image format is raw
As has been stated earlier, RAW FILES DO NOT HAVE A COLOR PROFILE, you establish that color profile in your raw developer software. IF you are using LightRoom, that always works internally in ProPhoto color space - you cannot change it. The display output from LR is in sRGB, since most monitors expect that.

Yes.  My comments were just directed to use of the in camera histogram.

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