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Color is the human perception of light as having different hue, from reds and oranges, through yellows and greens, to blues and violets. Color is a fundamental aspect of the arts and photography.

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How to create different color effects with gimp? [duplicate]

How can I make images look like those in Gimp, how can I play with colors? What tools or approach should I take?
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Does Gimp have a Match Color function similar to that in Adobe Photoshop?

In a recent question, Steve Ross points out that Adobe Photoshop has a useful feature for matching color between photographs. Of course, color adjustment can be accomplished in Gimp with careful use ...
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Embedded jpegs in NEF raw files

I open a .NEF image from my Nikon D80 in the Windows Photos app (the modern/"metro" style app). I then zoom in, and it re-renders or something to display higher resolution, but the colours become less ...
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Why do I see this yellow color shift at high ISOs and fast shutter speeds? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a full-frame DSLR with a reported highest ISO of 204,800. I’m intrigued by the possibilities of the high ISO range and how far Lightroom and Aperture (I use each of them) can ...
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CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?

I seems that all cameras take photos in RGB format and printers take photos in CMYK format. If the photo is not in CMYK, then the printer converts it to that format with some loss of quality. Can the ...
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RAWs looking massively different in Aperture/Mac OS Preview compared to camera preview and (Canon) PictureStyleEditor

Yesterday, I have been shooting photos at a christmas market -- especially a band that played there. Since everything happened in the evening and it was quite dark, I thought using RAW instead of JPEG ...
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Is the Zone System useful with a DSLR?

The Zone System was originally used with B&W film photography. With colour digital photography, though, couldn't you get much the same results by keeping an eye on the histogram? I think I might ...
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How do color spaces like sRGB and Adobe RGB overlap?

Is sRGB included in Adobe RGB, and Adobe RGB included in ProPhoto RGB? Meaning that a photo in a "lower space" will look like exactly the same in a "higher space", e.g. a sRGB photo will look like ...
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How can I capture the true colors of my reef aquarium?

I have a canon EOS T4i with stock EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, a Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Lens, and a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO lens. I'm trying to photograph the various corals in my ...
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How can I whiten my background, without whitening the subject or modifying subject colours?

If I take portraits against a white background I like to use a colorchecker passport to ensure that my subjects come out at the end of my workflow looking 'true to life'. The problem is that due to ...
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How can I get the colors right in this indoor architectural photo?

I am trying to take a photo with precise colors. I am not sure what am I missing so I could get similar colors. Here is the result that I would like to achieve: ) This is the photo that I took: ...
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What special properties does 18% gray color have in photography? [duplicate]

I keep seeing 18% gray color backgrounds being used in different areas of photography. What's special about it, why 18% and not 17 or 19?
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Display Color profiles: changing only yellow

How should I set parameters of color profile to change only yellow color output (right now I've got #FFFF00 displayed as #B4B400). Other colors must be left untouched. So I cannot just move Red and ...
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What is the best background color to use when displaying images?

A group of people and I are creating scientific posters for a conference. The posters will be displaying multiple 5x7 photos. There is minimal text on the poster. With that being said, what ...
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Do colors in photographs depend on ambient temperature?

My friend, previously a photographer, said that if you are taking photos in cold weather the photo is more blue (as if a slight blue filter has been applied). Inversely, taking photos when it is warm ...
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In photoshop cs5 the color of my image changes when I enter full screen mode, how do I fix it?

I am working in PScs5 on a EIZO color edge monitor. When I open my image photoshop displays all of the colors fine. When I change to full frame viewing, the image color becomes very muted and washed ...
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Do colors always come out bland when shooting in RAW format?

I shoot all my pictures in RAW format and every time during post processing I need to tinker with the saturation because the color comes out bland. I do realize that changing camera saturation level ...
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What is the difference between halftoning and dithering?

As I understand it, halftoning is the process of taking an image with a given color range (as defined by the colorspace) and blending the colors to form an image with a smaller range of colors. How ...
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Why do pictures of fire come out purple?

When I'm taking pictures of my log fire the flames and embers come out in rich shades of purple rather than red. I've tweaked everything I can on my camera; white balance, metering, ISO, exposure, but ...
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Does the subject's face have too much red tint?

I took the attached picture with an iPhone 4, outside around 5pm, which was close to sunset. Does the subject's face have too much red tint? If yes, how would I fix this?
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How can I improve the dull colors in my product photography?

I try to shoot some pictures of apparel, lingerie, cometics on a white fluffy rag or a white paper board with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i + a Canon - Speedlite 270EX II External Flash on a tripod in day ...
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How does the gray level in a target impact the true color after calibration

I'm trying to learn how to take photos that are color accurate. I'm testing on a newly painted wall in my kitchen, and has a biege paint with some green tone. ...
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What is the major factor that makes colors in photos very vivid?

Once you have a good enough camera, what are the other major factors that makes some of the photo very vivid? For example, looking at the following picture, the colors are vivid. If I take the same ...
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How does the spectral sensitivity of different sensors affect the resulting photo?

I am learning about light and color formation but I don't understand how does the sensitivity affects an image. Take for instance the different sensitivities for two "cameras" for each RGB channel ...
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How does low-light conditions affect color quality?

I recently photographed an event that took place while the sun was setting. The quality of colors seem to deteriorate as it gets darker. The scenes were well-exposed as the ISO changed from ~1200 to ...
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What color calibration device works best with a Dell U2711?

I have a Dell U2711 that I use for color critical work. I am wondering if anyone out there has tested multiple color correction devices and come up with a best use option for photoshop and working in ...
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How to Color Grading look like this?

I found a photo from Flickr The tone of photo seem like a japanese natural style (eco friendly). Highlight mostly green and add some Faded. How do I create this color grading in Photoshop. I, ...
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How can I avoid or correct the “inverse Ageratum effect” in digital photography?

I was used to the ageratum effect with film cameras: as the red pigment on film is much more sensitive to IR than the humman eye, some flowers (such as the ageratum) appear pink in a photograph while ...
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How can I get the colors in my photo to look like a painting by the Dutch masters?

I am trying to make pictures look like paintings. I am interested about reaching a similar color grading. This is an example: link I'm asking an opinion about what kind of techniques should I ...
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Why don't mainstream sensors use CYM filters instead of RGB?

From what I understand most digital cameras have a sensor where each pixel-sensor has three sub-sensors, each one with an R,G and B filter. RGB is obviously the more fundamental colour model since it ...
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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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color errors in dark areas - canon 700d/t5i

yesterday I bought an Canon EOS 700D with kit lens 18-55 STM. On my test images I encountered green "clouds" on dark areas. Is there a name for this kind of error and does it originate from the lens ...
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Reducing color balance errors across multiple cameras

I'm an electrical engineer, but I thought I'd ask this in the photography section to get some more insight from experienced photographers. I am designing a system which will stitch images taken by ...
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What does 'freedom of color from white or gray' mean?

The dictionary entry for the word chroma says, "the purity of a color, or its freedom from white or gray." What does that statement mean? What is color made of? What causes color? I was reading this ...
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Is it possible to be color-blind and still be a good photographer?

Is it possible to be colour-blind (or color-blind, in the US) and still be a good photographer? Are there any steps one can take to mitigate the effects of colour-blindness? Can you point me to any ...
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How do I create this soft and bright effect?

This is my favorite look for photos, and I've been trying to achieve this for some recent family vacation photographs. What is the process? Here are some links to some examples: ...
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Are there written guides or rules of thumb for setting color saturation, clarity, vibrance, etc. in post-processing (or in general)?

This isn't another "how do I get a picture to look like such-and-such-link-inserted-here in LR" question. There's a saturation (no pun intended) of these questions here. Interesting, but not general ...
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Is it possible to increase digital color depth via interpolation?

I have a set of photos that where scanned at 8 bit color depth. Is it possible to increase the color depth digitally? I realize just increasing the color depth would gain me nothing unless it also ...
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What's an easy way to batch assign (not convert) an ICC profile to .JPG and .CR2 Canon RAW files?

All of the files that comes out of my camera (Canon Rebel T3i) are not assigned a colorspace. Instead, all files the format IMG_XXXX.JPG/CR2 are implied sRGB and _MG_XXXX.JPG/CR2 are implied Adobe RGB ...
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Why is Aperture changing the color of my RAW photos?

For some strange reason, Aperture 3 seems to shift the colors of the raw images, after importing them. For example, the reds become washed out and something not red. In the following example, the red ...
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How do pros manage to make the color green so bright in their nature photographs?

I am an amateur photographer, I had a question how do professional photographers manage to make the green color so bright in their images. For example: ...
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multiple pictures give different shades for same scene and lighting

I am photographing an object 4 cm away from the camera using 5MP phone camera. It is being used in macro mode with fixed ISO 100 setting. Automatic White balance is being used along with ...
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Why does the red area in this photo look very un-natural?

I was looking through some photos I took at RAF Cosford a few weeks ago, and noticed this big red area (it's a large door surround on the floor below) In the photoshop RAW preview, it looked almost ...
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Why can my old Epson dye printer produce accurate reds but my professional lab can't?

My professional print lab uses a high-end Fuji Frontier machine with its own profile that the customer downloads. The prints are of exceptional quality, except for the colour gamut, particularly with ...
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How does one do light painting with in focus subject? Maybe a composite?

I understand and have tried some rudimentary light painting, but I'm still not sure how one might achieve something like the photos here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/18221422 Is this ...
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Does a high ISO generally result in bad dynamic range and less accurate color?

I have a Pentax K-x. I've had it set on "auto ISO up to 6400" for a while now, and I'm starting to wonder if this is making my images worse. Honestly I don't trust myself to tell. Does a high ISO ...
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Can Canon Rebel T4I take black and white photos with color accents?

Can A Canon Rebel T4I shoot B&W pictures with color accents, as you see in some pictures where only one thing has color?
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How does lens design affect the richness of color reproduction? [duplicate]

Comparing a kit zoom lens to a faster, 20-year-old prime it seems like the old lens produces richer, warmer color. I've noticed the same kind of comparisons elsewhere. What is the lens actually doing? ...
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How many colors and shades can the human eye distinguish in a single scene?

How many distinct colors, shades, hues, and tints can the average person distinguish in a single scene? In other words, what's the theoretical bit-depth required to be sure of recording a photograph ...
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What are techniques for enhancing visibility of photos under natural, outdoor daylight?

I'm trying to find techniques for making photos more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the photo displayed on a screen or print). Does anyone know of any photo editing ...