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Digital Camera Profiling

For digital photographers, the image starts with the digital camera, so it would seem to make sense to profile your camera to provide the most accurate color from the beginning. The challenge of building profiles for a digital camera, however, is that the lighting conditions can vary dramatically unless you are using the camera in a very controlled, studio environment. We prefer to control color in the camera by photographing in RAW capture mode and adjusting the white balance settings, which we find offers more. Even if you were capturing in JPEG mode, in most situations you could use a custom white balance setting in the camera in place of a custom profile. This doesn't provide exactly the same thing, but it does provide more consistent color in the images you capture.

We recommend that only photographers working in a studio with consistent conditions create custom profiles for their digital cameras. Even in this situation, you'd want to build a custom profile for each specific lighting situation. Once you've established the lighting for a particular photo shoot, you can simply photograph the color target. You can then build the custom profile as part of your workflow when processing the images for that shoot.


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