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Mar 11, 2013 01:26 |  #31

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Maybe I don't know what I mean, either! :)

Just saying it definitely changes the color output toward some standard that I (perhaps incorrectly) thought was RGB. It's not only brightness and contrast.

Ah, "RGB" and "sRGB" are different things! "RGB" is, well, the "big picture" of R, G and B values that make up an image pixel or range of pixels, but those values are then translated into the "color space" of an image which could be sRGB, AdobeRGB, ProPhotoRGB, etc.

So, "sRGB" is a color space in which the RGB values for a particular "tone" are defined/translated.

When it comes to a monitor, it's true that many monitors, in fact most monitors, come quite close to "matching" the sRGB color space, and also many if not most image viewers and browsers only work "well" with images that are "translated" to the sRGB color space. So actually for "generic work" your monitor and software could use sRGB as a "working color space/profile", that may in fact be in the the "built-in" monitor profile that your system uses. But when you calibrate, the calibration process does a more accurate/"exacting" process of measuring your colors and then developing a profile that (we hope) will be accurate in porcessing those colors, giving "instructions" to your graphics system, and then producing an output that will help you to get prints that will "rock"!


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Mar 11, 2013 02:45 |  #32

Yeah I'm probably mishmashing lots of like terms. I swear I kind of know what I am doing, even if I can't describe it properly!


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Mar 11, 2013 03:17 |  #33

This is turning into one of the most "difficult to grasp" threads I have ever read on POTN. But I will keep reading and learning from tonylong, Tzalman and others. Thanks guys for your excellent support


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Mar 11, 2013 05:27 |  #34

Plumtreelad wrote in post #15701144 (external link)
This is turning into one of the most "difficult to grasp" threads I have ever read on POTN. But I will keep reading and learning from tonylong, Tzalman and others. Thanks guys for your excellent support

Rome was not built in a day and I remember how I struggled with digital when I switched from film! Trust me you will "get it".


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Mar 11, 2013 07:57 |  #35

Plumtreelad wrote in post #15701144 (external link)
This is turning into one of the most "difficult to grasp" threads I have ever read on POTN. But I will keep reading and learning from tonylong, Tzalman and others. Thanks guys for your excellent support

It's true that the whole topic of color management can be "daunting"...that arises from the fact that we all want to get prints that communicate our "vision" for our images, and are more "picky" than we maybe were when we walked into the "One Hour Photo" places with our Point&Shoot film cameras and now want our prints to match that "vision". Hence, our expectation that prints should now align with our "expectations", but, well...picky is as picky gets!


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Mar 11, 2013 10:12 |  #36

Plumtreelad wrote in post #15701144 (external link)
This is turning into one of the most "difficult to grasp" threads I have ever read on POTN. But I will keep reading and learning from tonylong, Tzalman and others. Thanks guys for your excellent support

For me, the bottom line is that you stand a much better chance of getting the prints you expect when you calibrate your monitor, but it is not a 100% guarantee. I always recommend those into printing or preparing photos for others calibrate their monitor because it made a big difference for me and the cost is relatively small ($100 or less for a basic unit)


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