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A colour space is a specific organization of colours. In combination with physical device profiling, it allows for reproducible representations of colour, in both analogue and digital representations. The colour spaces most commonly encountered in photography are Adobe RGB and sRGB.

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What's the difference between Adobe RGB and sRGB and which should I set in my camera?

In my Canon 60D, there's a setting between Adobe RGB and sRGB. What's the difference and what should I prefer when shooting to RAW ?
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Does the selection of sRGB or Adobe RGB in camera when shooting RAW ever matter?

I shoot RAW essentially 100% of the time, and have the in-camera color space setting at AdobeRGB (sRGB is also offered). The raw converter in turn is set to produce sRGB output files. As I understand ...
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Are RGB numeric values equal to CMYK percentages?

are RGB numeric values equal to CMYK percentages?
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What is the photopic luminous efficiency function?

What is the photopic luminous efficiency function? Is it actually a the, or are there multiple such functions? Is it an absolute fact of nature or simply an agreed-on standard? If the later, who ...
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How much of a difference do different color spaces make?

How much of a difference does it make to use one of the extended colorspaces vs. the normal sRGB? And what difference does it make? Are there situations where it is not important, and conversely are ...
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Why isn't the xvYCC color space seeing uptake for still photography?

For the last fifteen years, sRGB has been the primary standard for computer monitors (and for consumer-level printing). That's changing now, as wider-gamut LED-backlit monitors become common. Usually, ...
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What's the difference between colour space and bit depth?

I know that there are different types of colour space and that sRGB is the most common. Bit depth defines the variations of a colour channel, where (I think) 8 and/or 16 bits are the most common. ...
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What colour space does Adobe Lightroom use in the Develop Module?

What colour space does Lightroom use when you load an Adobe RGB or SRGB tiff/jpeg file into the Develop module? The reason I ask is because I was told that the develop module always uses the ProPhoto ...
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What is the difference or relation between a Color Model and a Color Space?

What is the exact relation or difference between a color model and a color space? I find these two terms to be used interchangeably in some literature. Are they simply the same? Thanks!
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What are the RGB primaries in a camera?

More generally, what is the nature of the gamut? Primaries as peak sensitivity don't behave the same as primaries for mixing output. I suppose this is necessary to know for RAW importing and would be ...
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Why is there such a big difference with these JPG file sizes?

I have 2 nearly identical JPG images that have been processed externally, but one file is much larger (in file size) than the other. I have been looking at all the metadata and embedded information ...
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Should I perform the final color space conversion before or after final sharpening of an image?

When preparing an image for the web (or other media), the last two steps is usually to resize the image to the desired resolution and sharpen it at that resolution. However, when working in a ...
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What should I do with negative values when computing sRGB colors from spectra?

This question is from the computational side of things. Maybe some of you computational photography folks can help me out. If I have a normalized CIE XYZ tristimulus vector like this one: (x, y, z) ...