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On Site | Why Nothing Matches – Complete Guide to Color Management


by Brenda K. Hipsher – June 15th, 2011

The question I’m asked most often when I’m face to face with real world photographers is this, “Why do we have to do color management with digital photography and we didn’t have to do it at all with film?”  Now granted, this question is reducing in frequency and is isolated to us old dinosaurs who actually did shoot film in the first place!  But the question is real nevertheless.  Why do we need to do color management for digital photography? Why doesn’t everything work together in some coherent predictable way?

There are a lot of answers from simplistic to something only a color scientist could understand. But the bottom line is pretty simple: every device produces a slightly different set of colors and they don’t always overlap. The challenge is … my eye can see things my camera can’t capture, my camera can capture things my monitor can’t show me, and my monitor can often show me colors that my printer can’t begin to produce!  Now before you panic and give up completely remember we’ve been dealing with this reality from the beginning of photography.  The real issue is how can we have confidence that what we’re seeing on our monitor is actually the color, luminance, and contrast that exists in the file and how can we predict, with some degree of confidence, what we’re going to get when we print an image to a reflective hard copy print.

X-Rite’s Complete Guide to Color Management can be downloaded on the learning tab at www.xritephoto.com. It’s a concise and easy to understand guide that gives you a basic understanding of what color management really can bring to your photography.  So download X-Rite’s Complete Guide to Color Management today and recommend it to your friends.  This year we can save time and money by getting it right the first time.

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