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Chapter 1. Digital Camera Raw > Colorimetric Interpretation

Colorimetric Interpretation

When you shoot JPEG, you typically have a choice between capturing images in either sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998). Yet the vast majority of today's cameras can capture colors that lie outside the gamut of either of these spaces, especially in the case of saturated yellows and cyans, and those colors get clipped when you convert to sRGB or Adobe RGB.

Raw converters vary in their ability to render images into different color spaces, but Adobe Camera Raw offers four possible destinations. One of these, ProPhoto RGB, encompasses all colors we can capture, and the vastmajority of colors we can see—if you see color clipping on a conversion to ProPhoto RGB, you're capturing something other than visible light!


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