Color Photography Explained: simple tips for making your brightest-ever images

What is color gamut?

What is color gamut?

What is color gamut?

A device’s ‘gamut’ describes the complete range of colors it can produce or record, and this is related to the color space.

Although the sRGB color space is the most common in digital photography, there’s a ‘wider’ color space called Adobe RGB.

This is useful where images are destined for printing in magazines and books, where the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) printing inks produce a different and, in some areas of the spectrum, a wider set of colors.

The expanded gamut of Adobe RGB can increase the range of printable colors in these circumstances. More sophisticated digital cameras, mostly digital SLRs, can record images using the Adobe RGB mode.

However, this isn’t recommended for most photographers since the results can look rather flat and lifeless with ordinary monitors and printers.

PAGE 1: Awareness of digital color photography
PAGE 2: Warm vs cold color
PAGE 3: The color of natural light
PAGE 4: What are color spaces?
PAGE 5: What is color gamut?
PAGE 6: What is bit depth?
PAGE 7: What is color temperature all about?


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