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When browsing the settings on your DSLR, you may have come across the color profile settings in your camera's menu. You will find 2 different setting choices: sRGB and Adobe RGB.
In this post, we will talk about what sRGB and Adobe RGB are, as well as their advantages and disadvantages so that you can make an informed decision on which color profile is best for YOU!
sRGB is a standard color space that was created by Microsoft and Hewlett Packard in the 1990's for monitors and internet browsers. Since it was created before Adobe RGB, and because it was created by electronics manufacturers, it has become the standard color space for electronic devices.
Adobe RGB color space was created by Adobe in the late 1990s and is now widely used among photographers, graphic designers, and print labs. It contains an extremely broad range of colors, many of which cannot be displayed on certain screens, in internet browsers, or rendered by a printer.
There are many people who swear by Adobe RGB, and there are also many people who swear by sRGB, so just hearing that will probably leave you a bit confused about which color profile to go with!
I personally believe that, like so many things in the photography world, the color profile you should use comes down to:
So, with that in mind, let's talk about the pros and cons for each color profile.
I hope this tutorial has at least clarified some of the differences between sRGB and Adobe RGB.
Like so many things in photography, being flexible in your decision on which one to use is often the best practice.
If you are sure that your monitor and printer have AdobeRGB capabilities, by all means edit and print in AdobeRGB! If, however, you are unsure, or you simply do not find yourself printing your images that often and you mostly upload your files online, then sRGB is probably the way to go in your situation.
READ MORE HERE: There is also an alternate color space you can edit with in Photoshop called LAB Color that can really enhance your images and take your editing to the next level. You can check out the LAB Color tutorial here.
Do you have any questions or comments about using the Photoshop sRGB vs RGB? Leave us a comment below - we would LOVE to hear from you! And PLEASE SHARE our tutorial using the social sharing buttons (we really appreciate it)!
Anna Gay is a portrait photographer based in Athens, GA and the author of the dPS ebook The Art of Self-Portraiture. She also designs actions and textures for Photoshop. When she is not shooting or writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their two cats, Elphie and Fat Cat.