D70 and Adobe RGB color space

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by larrylook, Jan 16, 2005.

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    larrylook Guest

    Any downsides of shooting in Adobe RGB with D70 if I'm not using the pics on
    the web? Will I notice any improvement going from srgb to argb?
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    There are no downsides even if you are shooting for the web. SRGB is
    designed for VGA standard monitors. You can't even buy one of these any
    more. The monitors were terrible and ARGB looks no worse on them than SRGB
    does. If someone is so cheap as to use a ten year old monitor, he obviously
    does not care how anything looks.
    C J Campbell, Jan 16, 2005
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    Tom Ellliott Guest

    Gee whiz, CJ,
    I sorta agree abut the cheapness part, but then if one wants to be PERFECT,
    then it would not be unreasonable to spend a few thousand dollars on a
    graphics monitor for photography work. Thus there is a SLIGHT delema = How
    to get the most bang for the buck. One way is to calibrate your hardware -
    monitor, printer, scanner/film or flatbed with adaptor your service bureau.
    For me it was: get a calibration file from my service breau (along with a
    glossy 11x14 print done in a chemical/wet lab and a matt print too). Then
    get the monitor, scanner, printer, printer paper all to agree and then give
    that file I make from the calibration file and send it to my service breau
    and have them make a color wet print for me. Keep doing that untill the file
    I make and give them to print look alike.
    I did just that very procedure. It took awhile, a few prints/$$ but it was
    worth it.
    I have a file that I get great 5x7 B&W prints from on matt and glossy wet
    paper. Each time the client orders prints I have one extra made and date the
    back. I have placed an order about six times from that file. When I lay out
    the six extra prints, you cannot tell the difference between them. Which was
    first and which was last. Only by the date on the back can you tell which
    one was made first!
    A great illustration on the advantages of using all tools to thier maximum.
    I shot in color negative, transferred to a Kodak Pro Photo CD scan, had 4x6
    color prints made. Did all manipulations in color. Converted to a B&W file
    and had the service breau make the B&W print.
    I could have had a B&W negative made and did the B&W prints myself, but why?
    Their B&W prints were just as good as my prints, I could then spend that
    "darkroom" time shooting photos, and do a modest markup on the 5x7s still
    make money, and everyone was a happy camper.
    Tom Elliott
    Tom Ellliott, Jan 16, 2005
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    GTO Guest

    Do you shoot in RAW or JPEG? If you shoot in RAW (compressed NEF on the
    D70), it does not matter since you can easily convert from one to the other
    color space using Nikon Capture 4.1.3. By default, I am using:

    File format: NEF (with basic JPEG)
    White Balance: A
    Optimizing Image: Custom
    Sharpening: None
    Tone: Low contrast
    Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
    Saturation: Normal
    Hue: Normal

    Afterwards, I can tweak it using Nikon Capture.

    GTO, Jan 16, 2005
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    hyperion Guest

    Why do you use "Low contrast" ?
    (Just curious, no criticism!)
    hyperion, Jan 16, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Most likely to lessen the probability of blown highlights.
    Ed Ruf, Jan 16, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    Just curious, why low contrast? Were your pics too high in contrast? I
    shoot half fine lg jpegs and half raw plus basic. Does anyone know if pse3
    converts argb to srgb (with raw files). I don't own capture. How come
    default for camera is sRGB, if Adobe RGB is superior? I've read elsewhere
    sRGB is best for internet use. See this:
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    Ray Paseur Guest

    The gamut, or color space of your monitors and printers are not likely to
    display colors that are outside of sRGB. Some of my colleagues just set up
    an sRGB workflow and ignore aRGB. There's a good article here (free,

    Ray Paseur, Jan 16, 2005
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    Markeau Guest

    This is a good site to compare color gamuts of various

    Try comparing aRGB and sRGB with your own monitor and printer profiles
    and you will see the colors that can/cannot be displayed by the
    Markeau, Jan 16, 2005
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    paul Guest

    I think the difference is going to be noticeable when applying curves
    and adjustments you can emphasize more if there is more to start with,
    like RAW has more info to work with. I don't believe the eye can detect
    such subtle differences; a computer monitor cannot. But after adjusting,
    you might be able to make that hidden information visible.

    I don't know if it's meaningful or more like just plain error but it's
    easy to see a decrease in saturation if you open an aRGB photo in PS &
    assign the incorrect sRGB colorspace. If you open as aRGB photoshop
    detects it, then if you convert to sRGB there is no visible difference
    to my eyes but I suspect if you apply curves to those there will be a
    difference once the subtle difference is made available.

    The disadvantage is simply the nuisance of remembering to convert for
    printing at home on a normal inkjet which will show that desaturation.
    And converting for web & email.

    This is my non-professional understanding. Corrections welcome.
    paul, Jan 16, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    You are saying, if I understand you, that if I set the D70 to Adobe RGB,
    shoot jpegs and want to print to my Canon i9900, you'd advise me to convert
    to sRGB first? If so, I'll just shoot in sRBG, since I really don't want
    that step. Do I understand you correct?
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    This source seems to lead me to shoot in aRGB with D70 if using i9900
    printer (not publishing to web):
    What do you folks make of this? I don't want to set camera to aRGB if I
    need to convert to sRGB prior to printing. Too much work. I'd like to hear
    any opinions.
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    adm Guest

    Can't you just set the camera, Photoshop/(insert your choice here) and the
    printer ALL to AdobeRGB and just be done with it ?

    Short of calibrating your set up properly, I'd imagine it;s best just to set
    everything to the same colour space that way.
    adm, Jan 16, 2005
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    Crownfield Guest

    set it, shoot a shot or two, print it.
    let us know how it worked.
    reset it if it did not work.
    Crownfield, Jan 16, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    Not sure how to set printer to adobe RGB, but I'll keep looking.
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    Not sure how to set printer to Adobe RGB. I went to properties and it's set
    for color management automatic (recommended) so I'll leave it there. I
    don't see aRGB as a selection.
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    Crownfield Guest

    we were discussing the camera setting, i thought.
    I did not consider changing the printer.
    set the camera to aRGB?
    Crownfield, Jan 16, 2005
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    Markeau Guest

    I have a i9900 and have researched a lot about color management. Even
    though I only have a Canon s400 that tags exif as sRGB I have been
    getting good results converting to and using aRGB as the work space in
    PS CS.

    Don't set the i9900 printer driver to ICM, instead turn it off and
    disable everything else, and then in PS Print Preview set Print Space
    PR1). There are reports that setting ICM to ON is basically using
    sRGB on the i9900. I cannot conform this, but even though I was
    specifying the correct matte paper profile in the i9900 driver with
    ICM ON, and PS set to Printer Color Mgmt, I was getting a horrible
    yellow cast which seems to have gone away after setting ICM OFF and PS
    to the Canon matte paper (MP1) profile.

    This (large download) pdf has some good info:

    And, if you go to the link I posted earlier, you can upload the Canon
    i9900 paper profiles and see how they compare to both aRGB and sRGB.
    You will see that the i9900 can print some colors outside even the
    aRGB color space - but yes most of the colors are within both aRGB as
    well as sRGB.
    Markeau, Jan 16, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    I thought maybe I needed to, because someone suggested I convert to sRGB
    before printing. I'll give it a try soon.
    larrylook, Jan 16, 2005
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    adm Guest

    If I go to the properties page for my printer (Epson Photo 925 thingy...)
    and select the colour mangement tab, I have options to choose what profile
    to use. I did originally have to select "manual" to get these options

    The good thing is that I can have both the PC that the printer is connected
    to, and the Mac downstairs that shares it both set the printer to different
    profiles on the fly. So if I want to use sRGB or AppleRGB, I just select the
    relevant profile....
    adm, Jan 16, 2005
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