Free Photography Courses - Digital Color Management

Digital photography mainly consists of additive colour mixing, as you probably know. Digital processing uses three primary colours: red, green, and blue—the red adjustment to colour gelatin prints used to be done by layering magenta and yellow filters. Exposure values can also be affected by changing the magenta or yellow gels.

Red has its own channel in digital curve adjustments. Most photographers don’t realize this, but it is important to remember that the composite RGB curve layer should be adjusted to match one’s red channel curve.


Ingredient #1: The Right Film

Description: Photographers needed to pack film that was rated for the primary light source they were going to use with their subject. A landscape project, for example, would require daylight-coloured film.

Ingredient #2: Accurate Film Processing

Description: Toxic colouring photography requires extremely precise sustained temperature chemical baths. This leaves little room for error. The developer must understand every step of the film processing process.

Ingredient #3: Expert Printmaking

Description: Printmaking experts use layers of colour gels that adjust the lamp to expose the colour gelatin with the image on the film negative. Adjusting the exposure values is necessary when adjusting the light levels. In making colour gelatin prints, exposure values are not affected by changing the blue or green colour.

Digital colour is now the norm. The steps of the film have been replaced by digital. The evolution of digital photography is constantly changing, so it’s important to understand the changes. Take a look at the entire workflow to see how it works for digital colour.

Digital Color Management

To calculate the best exposure value, take a reading in the appropriate lighting environment with a calibrated light meter.

Take a raw image of the colour target in this lighting environment.

Post-production: Set the colour temperature and adjust the curves to match the Color Checker’s theoretical values. You could do this on a calibrated monitor, but it is not necessary.

Use a raster imaging processor to create a print. Make sure the profile matches the paper. The profile should be created for the light source where your print will be displayed.
It has been historically easier to create realistic colour on film than digital. However, you have more control over the process and can achieve greater realism and greater accuracy. The printing process was not possible in film because there wasn’t a colour target. Digital allows us to be certain that any colour in a photograph is its theoretical value.

You will be a better photographer if you are more knowledgeable about photography history and the medium itself. You can share your knowledge with others who are interested in the subject. Learn all you can about digital photography, and get motivated to embrace it.

My passion for photography and colour helped me excel in art school. I learned and studied on my own, outside of academia, applying new knowledge. I consider myself an expert on colour correction and look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.

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