Camera Calibration: How To Get Accurate Color With Camera Calibration

Gone are the days when photographs were black and white. While shooting in grayscale is still a thing, many prefer to shoot in color from the outset.

A colorless life is unimaginable. As people who are attracted to the vibrancy life has to offer, imagining our surroundings without its prismatic hues is something that is unfathomable.

Aspiring photographers often have to two questions: “Why is the color different in the original photo and the actual color I shot in?” and “Why is the color different when I import the image to Lightroom?”

In this guest post, we’ll discuss why this happens and the steps you can take to achieve more accurate colors.

Basic Visual Calibration

One of the first steps you need to take to adjust the color for your camera is to make sure you’ve calibrated your computer’s monitor.

Use the default and neutral settings of your camera and shoot a picture. Print it using your calibrated printer. Now compare the printed image with the digital one, side-by-side. Using these as reference, adjust the settings of your digital camera until you’re close to what you want to achieve.

You should jot down and note the settings, and use these to get the best color match from your camera.

Color Calibration and ICC Profiles 

One of the perks of ICC profiles is that they are the surest way to get consistent colors. Since they are specific to each camera and device, they contain a code that tells them how to produce specific colors.

Check to see if your digital camera has generic colors and profile. If it does, you can use automatic color correction to get excellent results.

Remember that calibration software comes with an image target. This is a printed piece that includes grayscale and color bars. It also includes various images.

Depending on the manufacturer, you’ll get different types of images but the settings and standards are the same.

Using calibration software, you can compare your digital photograph of the image to the color information in the reference file. This will help create an ICC profile specific to your camera’s settings.

Color Management Systems

You can use color management systems as well. These include tools for calibrating monitors, scanners, printers, and digital cameras.

CMS tools include a variety of generic profiles, and also settings to customize the profiles of your camera device.

These are just some of the tips to take into consideration if you want to improve your photography skills. Color calibration can be a useful tool if you’re learning photography.

The author regularly contributes to Improve Your Photography Online. When she is not blogging, she can be found in parks, stalking squirrels with her camera. 

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