d-100 different color modes question
I recently received my d100 and can't quite make out the manual on the 3 different color mode options..any help in layman terms appreciated..Thanks Harry
#1. "RE: d-100 different color modes question" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberThu 01-Aug-02 05:42 PM
I can't really tell you the difference between Mode I and III, but I can tell you this. Unless you are opening your images in Adobe Photoshop, and abiding by the color profile information, OR opening your images in Nikon Caputure and passing them to Photoshop, you should avoid mode II. It assigns a profile for Adobe RGB(1998) colorspace, and that will make colors look dull when viewed in any non-ICC-aware application (or Photoshop, if you don't handle the profiles correctly).
Other than that I can only hope that some knowledgeable and trustworthy reviewers like Thom Hogan or Moose Peterson will explain this better than Nikon did.
#2. "RE: d-100 different color modes question" | In response to Reply # 1AlanC Basic MemberThu 01-Aug-02 08:27 PM
The difference between mode I and mode III is that the latter will make your pictures look somewhat more colourful - rather like using Velvia, although perhaps not quite that extreme.
#3. "RE: d-100 different color modes question" | In response to Reply # 2chipcarterdc Registered since 19th Jul 2002Fri 02-Aug-02 12:31 PM
I'd like to follow up ont his because I'm new to the digital world in general (and the D100 in particular). My understanding from Photoshop is that sRGB color space is intended for Wed applications or prsentations (on screen display) and that one should use Adobe RGB (1998) when intending the final output to be a print, because Adobe RGB(1998) has a "wider color gamut." Assuming that you follow the advice above about making sure that everything in the process (camera/scanner - software - printer) is using the Adobe RGB (1998) color space, is this correct? Or, if I wish to get more saturated results, I could use Mode III or sRGB generally, print from that space (without converting to Adobe RGB (1998)) and retain the more saturated results in the print?
(I know I can increase saturation in Photoshop, and I sometimes do so now; I'm just interested in figuring out how to get the initial, pre-adjustment results I want in camera)
#5. "RE: d-100 different color modes question" | In response to Reply # 1herbet Basic MemberTue 06-Aug-02 01:41 AM
Mode I and III are both sRGB, but I is tweaked for portraits and skin tones while III will give you better greens (more vivid colors for nature shots).
Mode II is a wider gamut allowing for more true to life colors.
To avoide problems with Photoshop messing your files, select Don't color manage when opening the file. Then go to the Menu Image, Mode and select Assign Profile, choose Adobe 1998.
Before publishing you file to the internet you should convert it to sRGB since the browsers can't handle Adobe 1998 and the colors won't look right.
>I can't really tell you the difference between Mode I and
>III, but I can tell you this. Unless you are opening your
>images in Adobe Photoshop, and abiding by the color profile
>information, OR opening your images in Nikon Caputure and
>passing them to Photoshop, you should avoid mode II. It
>assigns a profile for Adobe RGB(1998) colorspace, and that
>will make colors look dull when viewed in any non-ICC-aware
>application (or Photoshop, if you don't handle the profiles
#4. "Color modes" | In response to Reply # 0
Mode I is sRGB color, which is the standard color mode for web display.
Mode II is Adobe 1998, which is a wider gamut color mode. It is especially suited to inkjet printing, and comes closer to representing all of the colors that current inkjet printers can print.
Mode III is an "enhanced" sRGB mode which is like color mode I, but with increased color saturation. Think of it as "digital Velvia."
The sRGB color modes have a smaller color gamut than Adobe 1998, and may not be the best choice to take advantage of present and future color output devices. If you are using Photoshop or another image editor program that recognizes color profiles in general and Adobe 1998 in particular, you are best served by shooting all images in mode II to preserve the most color information in the image. If you are shooting for web display, one of the sRGB modes is the simplest route, as you don't have to convert color profiles prior to posting. Personally, I shoot everything in mode II and convert as needed to sRGB for web display.
You can get an idea of what the color modes look like on my D100 test page. The Adobe file will have to be downloaded and viewed in the appropriate image editor to appreciate the colors (which do not display properly in a web browser.)