Is it possible to mimic a colour tone perfectly? (most likely using curves.)
For example, I want my photos taken by my digital camera having the colour tone of the film-photographs (let's say Velvia).
Or, for example, I want my photos taken by my Nikon DSLR having the colour tone of my Fujifilm images. (Nikon's Picture Control allows us to set the curves in PC and import them into the camera.)
I know some photographers with very good photo-editing skills can reproduce colour tones of 99% alike. But they are not 100% alike anyway. And post-editing one by one is not time effective.
To achieve this, I have an idea. I don't know if it works or not.
Print out a colour board. A simple way of the colour board would contains 3 columns and 16 rows. Each columns would be Red, Green, and Blue. Each row would have gradient of colours from 0 to 255. (A complete way of the colour board would contains 256 x 256 x 256 colours.)
Then I use my Fujifilm camera to take a photo of the colour board.
Thirdly, having my Nikon DSLR of the same settings as my Fujifilm, and take a photo of "standard" colour tone of the same colour board, under the same environment.
What we want now, is a curve that transforms the Nikon's "standard" photo, to the Fujifilm's colour tone.
To get that curve, we first analyse the Fujifilm's colour board by the Eyedropper Tool.
Ideally, take the Red column as an example, a "Standard" image would result in values (0 0 0), (16 0 0), (32 0 0) ... (240 0 0).
But nothing is ideal in real world. There is no problem. We are now analysing the Fujifilm's colour tone of the colour board. Let's say Fujifilm has a darker style: (0 0 0), (15 0 0), (29 0 0) ... (230 0 0).
Then we now analyse the Nikon's "Standard" image. Let's say Nikon's image is a bit brighter: (1 0 0), (16 0 0), (33 0 0) ... (241 0 0).
Here comes the curve in the Nikon's Picture Control (works also for Photoshop post editing curve). If we set the Red curve's input 1 to output 0, 16 -> 15, 33 -> 29, ... , 241 -> 230, (and so forth for the Green and Blue curves,) I guess, for this colour board image, we can get exactly the Fujifilm's colour tone.
Do you think this "adjustment curve" can theoretically transform every Nikon's "standard" image to a Fujifilm's image?