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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 can I add life to the dull skin tones in an image taken under low-CRI lighting?

This photo was lit with a homemade LED light panel, and I suspect the low CRI of the lighting was one of the reasons that it looks kind of dull. I've white balanced it as correctly as I know how and ...
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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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Why would one lens produce warmer colors than another?

I was recently watching the following comparison video between the Nikon 85mm 1.4G and 1.8G (judge as you will): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZkbEivJbUw When they showed off very similar ...
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What's the perfectionist's workflow for taking a photograph from capture to print?

I'm interested in perfecting the 100% ideal method of doing things, keeping the color tones and quality through capturing to the printing and publishing. This isn't about handling the camera or doing ...
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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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How do I develop a workflow for color, considering all the eqivalent operations?

Edit for clarification: I'm asking how to develop my own preferences in the cases where there's more than one way to do things, without developing bad habits from being self-taught. I've just started ...
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Why do my images look different on my camera than when imported to my laptop?

I have been taking some photos with my new camera, and have found that once I import them to my laptop, the colors look washed out, and not as nice and vivid as on the camera LCD display. It's a Sony ...
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How to calculate mean/average photo color in GIMP?

How to calculate mean/average photo color in GIMP? I have some photo and want to calculate average color - how can I do it?
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Adobe lightroom changes colors after importing pictures

I have a strange problem where colors appear to be inverted when I load in my pictures of the recent bloodmoon into Adobe Lightroom. Here are two pictures (on imgur) showing the difference between ...
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What resources exist to learn how to create “good” Custom Canon Picture Styles?

After many years shooting with Canon I have only just realised that you can edit picture styles on your computer using Canon's Picture Style editor tool and then load them into the custom slots on ...
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Studio lights change color of the object

I have simple setup with two softboxes on sides and sheet of white paper on which object is placed, in my case it's a shoe. Camera Nikon d3100 (21mm, f/8.0, 1/25s, ISO 100). Shoe is brown under ...
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Are there graphic cards that allow calibration of conventional laptop displays?

I am about to buy a new laptop and would like to use it for photoediting. It would be nice to be able to adjust displays colors so they are accurate and display the real colors. Are there any ...
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Using my camera to find the best spectral color match [closed]

Note If this question isn't interesting to think about, don't bother spending time on it. I pose it partly because I think it is fun to see what you can do with a decent camera that you didn't expect ...
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When to use LUV and not RGB colourspaces

Some applications extract information from images in the LUV colour space and not directly from the more commonly used RGB. Why is that?
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How to decide the colour combinations while setting up still life objects?

Let's assume I have bottles of different colours. I want to make a still life photograph with them. How should I decide which colours go well with others? Example - should blue bottle be placed next ...
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How do I accurately capture the colour of sunlight on a wall?

I found a brilliant yellow area of sunlight on my wall, and I wanted to capture this color. I took a photo with auto WB, on my NEX-5R: The sunlight in this photo isn't yellow enough, so I switched ...
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How can I get my colours true for product photography?

I am struggling to get some colours correct in my product photography. I have used a gray card to set a custom white balance and also tried AWB in the camera, but still seem to have trouble getting ...
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Is there an equivalent to Adobe's “Vibrance” in Gimp?

See: What's the difference between saturation and vibrance in Lightroom? In a nutshell, Adobe's Vibrance is a "smart" color adjustment that increases saturation selectively, leaving skin tones ...
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Can I do “back conversion” of a B&W JPEG to color?

I have a black and white JPEG. It is in fact an RGB image, which means that the color is still there. And I know from past experience that when I shoot B&W with my Canon, the color image is still ...
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Why does frame stacking alter colours?

I apologise in advance for the subject matter of my photos. I've not tidied the table for a few days. I needed indoor artificial lighting for the long duration of this experiment. Both images are ...
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Why do all my landscape photos turn out so milky, almost foggy, and lack both contrast and color?

I don't really know how to explain it, but I guess the photos speak for themselves. What can I do to stop it from happening? I'm more trying to capture nice memories than take amazing photos, but the ...
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Why do some pictures look darker online than on my computer?

I'm shooting raw and I'm on ubuntu. This happens mostly with pictures that have a lot of black or that are very dark. On my screen the picture looks fine (as intended) but when I upload it to 500px or ...
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Why can I see beyond sRGB in CIE Chromatic Diagram

According to CIE 1931 color space chart, the sRGB gamut is what's inside the triangle: As you can see from the diagram, blue is shown outside the sRGB gamut (at about 460 nm wavelength). Knowing ...
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How to minimise the noise in colour values when moving between colour spaces?

Let's say I was to change from RGB to HSV using a software like Matlab and then convert the result back to RGB using the same software. I know that there are going to be some slight noise and error in ...
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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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What is the difference between HSV and CIE-Lab color space?

When do we (or should we) use HSV color space and when do we use CIE-Lab color space?
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Why do bright red flowers end up without details?

With our DSLR, indoor flowers come out detailed. Outdoor violet and blue flowers are detailed, too. But outdoor bright red flowers give us problems. They come out as a single flat detail-less spot. ...
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Per-Application Color Management under GNOME3

I have recently used DispcalGUI and a Spyder4 to calibrate my monitor. I have selected the resulting calibration profile with the GNOME setting manager. However, instead of making my workflow more ...
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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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How do I find the absolute color of someone's eyes in a photograph?

The color of my eyes is between green and blue. I've always been curious if it's more blue or more green. People's opinions are of course different, so I would like to find it out scientifically. How ...
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Why are the colors so different in these two photos from different cameras even though I set white balance to the same temperature in Lightroom?

I have a Nikon D750 and D800e. I was attempting to run an ISO test on the two, but I can't put my finger on why the two came out with such a different color balance. Here was my method: Put D750 ...
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Why do my image colors look drastically different in Photoshop than Lightroom on two calibrated monitors?

I am using Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS5. I have two monitors, both are calibrated, (one is a better screen and more precise but they are very close.) When LR is open I can drag it from one screen to ...
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How can I increase color saturation naturally?

I just went to a gallery where the photographer had incredibly colorful/saturated photos. Along with them was a sign "unaltered" which I assume means HDR was not used. This appeared to be a medium or ...
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Skin very red, blotchy in front of camera

I'm shooting vlog-like videos with a Canon SL1. My skin looks very blotchy, pasty, and red (see below). Anyway to fix that? Here are the settings: Shutter Speed: 60 Aperture: 4.5 ISO: 800 ...
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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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Which color for a job interview portrait?

For a job interview portrait, I need to make a picture that reflects leadership, creativity and flexibility. What color or colors should I use? Also, after pick up the color, should I use a tone ...
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Does black and white photography still make sense?

I think at first it was because of a limitation of the cameras present at the time, but with the color cameras that we have available now, what do you think of black and white photos? In other words, ...
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Can anyone reproduce the white/gold vs. blue/black dress's binary perception effect with a totally different subject?

Yesterday I asked about the strange Internet phenomenon of the dress which people very strongly perceive as either white and gold or blue and black. Here is the original: There are many theories ...
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Why is there a colour cast when using an incorrect white balance?

I understand what colour balance is and how it is meant to be used. However I don't fully understand why we see what we see if an incorrect White Balance is used. If for example we take a photo out ...
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How is the spectral response of a camera typically measured?

I cannot find any resources that detail a standardized method of measuring the spectral response of a camera. Does such a standard exist? Does anyone know how to do this? To give some context, I'm ...
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Can the specs for a digital camera indicate to me the color quality before buying?

Is there an item in a camera's specifications that can indicate the quality of color reproduction in that camera? There are a lot of things you can find out about a camera before buying from reading ...
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How can I convert a photo to a fixed palette with pre-defined weighted color proportions?

I am creating a physical mosaic from a photograph, where each mosaic tile will correspond to a pixel of the (scaled down) original picture. The problem is: my tile color selection is limited, with the ...
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How to take a picture of a point light source?

I work in a scientific laboratory and I need to take a picture of a sample that emits low intensity visible light (blue) when an infrared laser (980 nm) is pointed to it. I am using a filter with an ...
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Why can't one calibrate a monitor with a DSLR & a color chart?

The idea is simple: Take a RAW photo of a real color chart outside to get a white point of D65. Use that to get an accurate color correction matrix for the camera sensor. Use the same camera to ...
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Why does BRIGHT red in direct sun come out orange?

I was at the NEC today dropping off a car for an auction, and took this quick photo (no intention to use for anything so no attempt at composition!) This was taken on a LG Nexus 5 mobile phone. I ...
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How can I achieve a color grading like in this photo?

I really like the effect from this photo and I know it's color grading, but I wanted your opinion on how I can get the same effect. The photo is available on this link. (The website is The Chriselle ...
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X-Rite i1 Display Pro - settings for a notebook

I recently bought a digital colorimeter from X-Rite, precisely an i1 Display Pro. I tried different configurations, with and without Flare Correct, small and huge color palette, with and without ...
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Do photographers see ambiguity in the color of the blue/black (gold/white) dress?

Okay, so, this has taken the Internet by storm today... You've probably seen it and lots of commentary. Apparently, many people see this as gold and white; to me, it's unambiguously blue. There are ...
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How can I colorize my astrophotography?

I want to color a photo that I took from my telescope, which unfortunately only captures black and white images. How can I add color to it, let's say using Photoshop... is it possible to color only ...
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What is the native color gamut of a modern digital sensor?

What is the area of CIE 1931 diagram that is being covered by contemporary digital camera sensors? I can find triangles for LCD panels being comapred to sRGB and aRGB and ProPhoto. There are always ...