Intentional Color Corrections Planned for Display in Ambient Light

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Re: Intentional Color Corrections Planned for Display in Ambient Light

sybersitizen wrote:

flyinglentris wrote:

sybersitizen wrote:

flyinglentris wrote:

Are there situations where the display ambient lighting requires a planned color treatment for photographic images to ensure that the color look normal in those conditions?

I don't know. Has anyone come across one? I mean, I assume it would be for a print (I know you're specifically talking about prints) that is not anticipated to move from a particular display area.

Actually, as Mark S. Alben pointed out with the link to Fairchild's Rev 2 book, it has been a topic of research since the early 90s (late 80s), applicable in Color Appearance Models (Refer to MSA's posts). The CIE Illuminants, Tristimulus Color Spaces and so forth just don't address the particulars that Color Appearance Models do. And CAMs are being used today in many applications. However, they are mathematical formulas for treating Imaging Systems and Image Processing, and do not address techniques for corrected display lighting as in museums and galleries.

My first exposure to intentional ambient lighting for image display regarded information about per-Renaissance church and cathedral alter artwork that was intentionally lit to display the artist's true definitions of color (by the artist).

Knowledge about this sort of thing goes way back (Refer to Johannes Itten) and there is no reason to expect that photographic images may not be effected in the same way. In fact, they are, as it is human visual traits at play, not imaging system, per se.

Is that a yes that photographic examples are known to exist, and a yes that they're prints that are not anticipated to move from a particular display area?

I can't give you any examples of extant photographs that use the techniques of simultaneous and metameric manipulation intentionally and I think I stated that it would be rare.  I look to possibly using those techniques for color contrasting in photographic art (and I don't yet know where that will take me).  If the work is not intended to be moved from a particular display area, it might well require adjustments in lighting wherever it goes to ensure its effects are not lost.

Techniques of Color Appearance Models are definitely in use today for photographic imaging, you just aren't aware of it, as most people who have dug into color management only express a knowledge of the CIE Illuminants, tristimulus color matching and so forth.   Color Appearance Models are not so new, but to understand them, if you don't (like I didn't), you need to read up.   Refer to MSA's post with a link to the Fairchild 2nd edition PDF, as I did, to get started.  Ignore the math, if you don't like math and just get the flavor of what its all about.   You can also wiki for Color Appearance Models.   No, I am no expert on the topic as I am as new to it as this thread is new.

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