A&P question regarding color space

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  1. ericande

    ericande Active Member

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    I'm going through and getting several photos ready to print and want to put them into prophoto or adobe rgb before I print them. I'm working from a raw file.

    A few questions about it. First, do RAW (NEF) files have anything to do with a color space or is it only applied when I import? If I do import do I need to have CS3 already set in the colorspace I want or can I convert the raw file to whatever space I want before I save as a jpg?

    I think I have a handle on color spaces when I'm shooting in jpg but I'm not sure on the raw conversion aspect of it.
     
  2. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    What type of printer are you working with? Chances are it's only going to support sRGB unless its a fancy one.

    Yes NEF files do have a colorspace, it is set from within the camera.
     
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    ericande Active Member

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    Thanks, getting them printed at Costco.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I'd just convert and edit them in sRGB, less chance of them screwing it up.
     
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    costco uses sRGB
     
  6. Dwight Schrute

    Dwight Schrute New Member

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    Not entirely accurate.

    A raw file is literally raw data from your camera's sensor. Most cameras also include the in-camera settings such as white balance, color space, etc. with the raw file. Some raw converters can pick up these settings and use them as the default/baseline for the conversion.
     
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    true.

    I didn't word my statement very accurately. I just meant that it would be controlled from in the camera, and that just because it was RAW doesn't mean its a special colorspace or something.
     

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