Questions tagged [color]

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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Why do we use RGB instead of wavelengths to represent colours?

As we know, the colour of a particular beam of light depends on its frequency (or wavelength). Also, isn't that the information which is first captured by digital cameras? Then, why do we use formats ...
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Does opening the aperture improve color contrast? (Open aperture producing more punchy colors / closed aperture more dull colors?)

I'm using some SLR legacy lenses on a mirrorless camera that I have, and I am under the (subjective) impression that if the aperture is wide open, the colors are more vibrant, while closing the ...
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Can I produce this kind of image with my canon 550d with 50mm lens

see this image, how splendid this is, its colors, sharpness all good. My question is can I get same result with my canon 550d with 50 mm lens or should I upgrade my camera.
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Changing a picture back to colour on my nikon D5100

I took a picture in colour and while playing with some settings accidentally changed it to black and white. Before I knew what I did, it saved. How can I change it back to colour? Please help!!
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Panasonic Lumix GX80 one point colour

I am just learning how to use my GX80. I've selected the one point colour setting and tried to select a colour with the touch screen but the photo comes out normal. What setting do I need to change ...
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How to compare 2 cameras' color accuracy quantitatively with standard color chart?

I need to compare the color reproduction accuracy of 2 cameras quantitatively, in RGB space or Lab space. In my set-up, I use the same standard lighting source, same lens(same focal length and same ...
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How to decide whether a portrait should be in color or black and white?

How to decide whether a portrait should be in color or black and white? I'm particularly concerned with "headshot" style portraits, showing primarily the subject's face. On what basis should it be ...
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Would it be possible to develop Kodachrome in color?

I own a lot of undeveloped Kodachrome II rolls from the 60s from family members that are no longer with me. They have been in storage for a long time and I am looking to have them developed in color. ...
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What photographic effects can give the feeling of escapism and anxiety?

I need to create a photograph that gives the feeling of escapism and anxiety. What kind of techniques can I use — especially in post-processing — to create this mood.
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Low contrast urban style [closed]

I love the colors and the tone of this photo. How can I achieve this look with camera raw and/or photoshop? Image of VisualsByPierre
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Is there a term for photos with a cold, yet relaxing, feeling to them?

What do we call such type of photos where it is always kinda gray, has a cold feeling and relaxing feeling to it, and is most likely going to be in a northern country like Sweden or Canada? I'm ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

So I've always shot film, and it was great because of the constraints it placed on color: you shoot 36 consecutive exposures with a particular feel, and if you don't like to results, deal with it ...
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How often do I need to recalibrate using a ColorChecker?

So I'm picking up a ColorChecker. Partly because I'd like to have more accurate colors and (let's be honest) partly out of curiosity and boredom. My question is: I understand that colors should ...
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Can all colors be described with RGB?

If one could pick ideal sensitivities for the RGB filters of a camera sensor, would it be possible to capture any color as humans see it?
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What factors impact color variation for studio strobes (same session/2-3 minutes apart/in between shots)?

I want to get a Godox AD600 studio strobe for fashion/portrait studio photography, but especially for product gigs. While colour consistency is not that easy to achieve for any strobe, I would still ...
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Can we compare the color reproduction accuracy of 2 camera sensors only by looking its sensor spectral sensitivity curve?

I have the camera specifications from the manufacturer. The RGB quantum efficiency curve (I think it is also the spectral sensitivity curve) is provided. How can we compare these two cameras's quality ...
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Color profile inside JPEG file

1) What is the best practice for color profiles embedded in .JPG images, for web? (non print) sRGB profile stored in .JPG file ? AdobeRGB profile stored in .JPG file ? no profile setting in .JPG file ...
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What to do with a jpg too warm? [duplicate]

I accidentally shot in jpg and I have some way too warm photos. What can I do with them?
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Sony DSC-RX100 gives unnatural (depressive) colors

I am amateur photographer and I have Sony DSC-RX100. The photos it gives have great quality in terms of resolution, sharpness and crispness, but they have some "dark", "sad", "depressive" unnatural ...
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How to restore color of wood photographed under fluorescent lighting?

I have taken photos of a church organ console with a digital camera, but the lighting conditions were very low. That's why I used an umbrella + daylight fluorescent bulb (from a kit similar to this ...
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Relationship between colour temperature and actual temperature? [closed]

Is there a formula for getting the actual temperature from the colour temperature?
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How can I change the color of clothing from dark to white in Photoshop?

Is there any way in Photoshop to switch the color of dark clothing into white? For example, I have the below image and I want to change the gown to white.
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Is corruption in digital images always easily recognized?

Is it easy to tell if digital images are corrupted? Do corrupted images always show obvious signs of corruption, such as missing parts of the image? Or could corruption be more subtle, perhaps just ...
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Why are the images from a new camera I bought sort of greyish compared to my old camera?

I am not a huge expert in photography. I own just a simple pocket size Sony WX220, and have been comparing it with shots from a Canon G7X Mark I that I bought as a Christmas present (shh, don't tell ...
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Are colors and size encoded in a digital image?

I have professional pics taken and provided by photographer on CD to be printed at my discretion. Some of my pics get cropped and the colors are way off. Are the colors and printable image type / size ...
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Can the same color film have a slightly different tint depending on which photo lab I send the film to?

I know this place in NYC where I love developing film because the results are amazing. It's not cheap so I was wondering if the great colors come from the scan or if the developing can affect the ...
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Haze effect in moon photo? (using GIMP)

I used two photos of the recent supermoon and combined them. The result is OK (link below). I was unable to achieve a look I wanted, where haze causes darker areas of the moon surface to assume the ...
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Shooting black and white on a color film

I am thinking at the moment of the possibility to take a black and white picture with a color film. I know that one can develop a color film as a black and white film (with varying results), and also ...
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A photo effect that favours yellow & blue; What is its name & how is it done with GIMP?

I have recently come across several pictures that seem to have been modified to favour or skew towards both yellow and blue tones. The photo editing effect creates a special, somewhat cosy ambiance. ...
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Camera calibration problem when creating a sunlight illuminant profile using XRite

I'm trying to create a calibration profile for my Canon 7D using the ColorChecker Passport app from XRite. I took 3 images of the colorchecker with 3 different illuminants: shadow, sunlight and ...
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Is black a color or a lack of color?

Is black a color or a lack of color? What are the characteristics that defines a color?
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Why don't cameras offer more than 3 colour channels? (Or do they?)

Currently, most (all?) commercially available cameras capture light in three colour channels: red, green and blue. It seems to me that it would be very useful to have a camera with a greater spectral ...
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What's the effect called when only certain subjects are in colour while the rest is black & white? [duplicate]

what is the technical term for such pictures? Those with the special characteristics black&white, with a single color?
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Inconsistent colors across different apps in windows

I have finally pulled the trigger and got the monthly subscription for the PS + Lightroom CC. Yesterday when exporting the photo from lightroom I noticed a huge color difference when viewed with the ...
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color correction and calibration

I have a problem with color correction and calibration. I have x-rite display pro, but don't know how I could use by synchronizing it with matlab or python. In the website "Software support includes a ...
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How can I maintain brightness in a landscape without overexposing the sky?

I'm an amateur photographer learning to take good shots. I need some advise for shooting landscapes in bright daylight. Here's a picture that I've taken from my camera: I took this picture from my ...
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What color combinations indicate that a photo represents the future?

Black and white or sepia-toned photographs can be used to represent the past — or faded color-shifts for prints from the 1970s or 1980s. Which color or color combination can we use for the future?
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I used a Spyder 5 Pro from Datacolor to fix my monitor color, and now it's even worse?

I'm using an Alienware 17 R3 with a 4K screen, and my monitor colors were looking off, so I bought a color probe to get my monitor screen as close as I could to print. Made sure all screen and ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

I have a picture (File format: JPEG | Сolor depth: 24): I'm using Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.5.1). I need to change background color from grey to pure white [#FFFFFF / RGB(255, 255, 255)] Firstly, I ...
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Skin tone starting point in Lightroom/ACR?

How can I ensure that my skin tones are "correct" in Lightroom/ACR before I start my retouching workflow in Photoshop? In other words, how do I know that my global color balance is correct (right ...
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Lightroom B&W Mix: how to see where the original colors are?

I have converted a color image into B&W using Lightroom. I need to adjust the amount of color used for this conversion. Is it possible to visualize the areas of the image concerned by each slider ...
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Picking the right CTO gel to get a sunset look

Context I'm interested in creating scenes like this where it looks like the light is from a sunset/golden hour but it's not. I've noticed that CTO gels come in a few varieties, examples here and here....
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Why are vibrant, saturated photos considered 'not as good'?

If you take a look at most online photo websites, stocks, galleries, it looks like most of editors picks and awarded photos are having that cooler tone. I don't know how to explain it better than to ...
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How to create this effect on a portrait with light of different colors on each side of the face?

I really want to create this effect with two coloured lighting. I read this up but I was confused about the gel lighting. Can someone put this effect into simple terms? Thanks in advance. This is the ...
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How was the twilight blue color effect in this photo produced?

I really wonder, when I see some people showing their creativity, composition sense, and light sense through their photographs. I just came through such a photo now. This is the photo: I saw this ...
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Why don't we see charts of the colorspace/gamut of a DSLR?

For many displays, we see the color space or gamut shown on chromaticity charts in comparison with some standard color spaces like Rec. 709, sRGB, Adobe RGB, and Prophoto RGB which gives an indication ...
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Pictures of a dark violet flower appear light blue. Is this a lens or a technique problem?

I just got this Tamron AF 70-300mm 4-5,6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for my Canon 500D. I tested it yesterday and it works fine. Only one problem: I took pictures of a flower which is dark violet. But when I ...
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What would happen if a camera used entirely different primary colors?

So, as many people know, humans have three cones cells, enabling us to see three distinct "primary" colors, which may combine to form the entire spectrum that we are capable of seeing. Meanwhile, many ...
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How do I shoot birds against the sky to be faithful to their colour?

I have a Nikon D5300, and a host of hawks flying around near where I live. I have two lenses: an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm VR (1:3.5-5.6GII), and an AF Nikkor 70-300mm (1:4-5.6G). The latter is excellent ...
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On iOS, why would one want to pick a 'video' pixel format (16-235) over a 'full' format (0-255)?

Take a look at this screencap from this year's WWDC session 501 "Advances in iOS photography". As an app developer, you can tell the camera subsystem to either use the 'video' pixel format or the '...

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