just trying to start with color management
So, the past few days I have been looking at color management. My final output is going to be to have my pictures printed through Ezprint.com. But I am a bit confused on where to begin. Here are my questions.
First, when I input my pictures into my camera, what color space on my computer should I be in? I am using a Nikon D70s. When browsing my display options, I noticed that there is an option to have my display calibrated to Nikon sRGB space (I shoot in sRGB). So, when I input my pictures, should I first view them in Nikon sRGB color space or should I use something else.
After this, I do my various editing with a mixed bag of software (Dxo, iphoto, the Gimp, Hugin, but NO photoshop). During the editing process, which color space should I be in?
And then it comes to the final crop for print. AT Ezprint, they are going to send my a couple of photos and an icc profile so that I could do soft proofing. I understand the whole point of soft proofing, but since I am not using photoshop, when soft proofing, could I just temporarly change my monitor setting in the system preferences?
By the way, I am using a 15 inch powerbook, running 10.4. Many thanks.
If there are any beginning articles on the web, I would be glad to know. But I mean beginning, because some of them are just downright confusing
#1. "RE: just trying to start with color management" | In response to Reply # 0bobj Charter MemberFri 14-Apr-06 03:22 AM
>When browsing my display options, I noticed that
>there is an option to have my display calibrated to Nikon
>sRGB space (I shoot in sRGB).
Your display should not be calibrated "too" anything. The objective of calibrating it is so it displays colors correctly. There are not multiple versions of correctly. Neither sRGB nor Adobe RGB should ever be used as monitor profiles.
Instead, you should get a monitor calibration system and profile your monitor with it. The profile thus created is nothing more than an acurate description of how your monitor produces color. Your computer can then use this to compensate for its imperfections, much as an eyeglasses preseciption is used to compensate for the imperfections in one's eyesight.
>During the editing process, which color space should I be
Whatever color space your files are in. If you shot them in sRGB, then your working space generally should be sRGB.
>but since I am not using
>photoshop, when soft proofing, could I just temporarly
>change my monitor setting in the system preferences?
No. Because then whatever was natively wrong with your monitor would no longer be being compensated for.
>If there are any beginning articles on the web, I would be
>glad to know. But I mean beginning, because some of them
>are just downright confusing
Start with this one: