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Question: sRGB? Or Adobe RGB?
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:42 PM on 12.11.16
->> For sports, transmiited on deadline:
Question: Do you shoot in sRGB? Or Adobe RGB?
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 9:19 PM on 12.11.16
->> I shot Adobe RGB. sRGB was more for stuff being printed, i.e. photos for the wall.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 9:33 PM on 12.11.16
->> We shoot Adobe RGB all the time. It is probably worth looking at again to weigh the pros/cons, this is just how we've always done it.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:02 PM on 12.11.16
->> RGB for one simple reason... you have it and can always convert to sRGB later. On the flip side, if you shoot sRGB you cannot regain the gamut color spectrum of RGB that was thrown away.

Think of it like this: RGB is a big box of 48 crayons and sRGB is the box of 24. You can always use less RGB crayons for a sRGB look, but if you start out with a small box of sRGB crayons you can't make it look as good a big box image. The same comparison can be used with printers. Which is going to give you a better image? A printer with four inks or one with 10?

In terms of deadline, shooting RGB or sRGB doesn't make a bit of difference as post work is the same for both. What does make a difference time wise is shooting RAW versus JPG.

I have gone head to head shooting RAW against photogs shooting JPG. If getting out 1-2 quick photos is only what is needed, then JPG will win because it has less steps than RAW. However, once the number of transmits reaches 3-4 images then both even out timewise. And when you reach 6 or more photos then RAW will prevail. Why? Because with JPG you're letting the camera do the image cooking and any Photoshop and Lightroom work is nothing more than correcting the mistakes of the camera's JPG algorithm. With RAW, you're able to batch process all the images simultaneously through choosing the correct color balance, curves, levels, etc. whereupon your only task afterwards is dodge/burn tweaking. It is touch slower to get started, but a faster post speed is quickly obtained for the long run.

Think of it like baking cakes. If you need one fast and dirty dessert add water and an egg to a Betty Crocker cake mix (JPG). But if you want several cakes of better quality and faster, then gather enough ingredients (RAW) and mix it all together to make many cakes in a big bowl (Camera Raw). While the cake mix baker will have one or two cakes done sooner, the chef will be pouring batter in multiple pans and cooking them a few minutes later while the first is still opening pre-made boxes one at a time.
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Ric Tapia, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 11:20 AM on 12.12.16
->> Gene,
You have it backwards. sRGB is for computer displays. Adobe RGB is designed to have most of the colors for printing.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 8:11 PM on 12.12.16
->> Ric, When I said printing I meant Costco type prints not media type printing. Most of the print labs I dealt with in the days of doing youth sports wanted sRBG...but I always shot Adobe and converted when needed.
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Ron Holman, Photographer
Visalia | CA | USA | Posted: 8:28 PM on 01.09.17
->> I shoot RAW nearly always, or occasionally AdobeRGB for reasons Doug stated. I have submitted Adobe RGB to Costco without issues.
At the end of my work day (or week depending on time available) I use PhotoMechanic to convert RAW files of less interest to jpgs in Adobe RGB. Then I delete the RAW versions to save space on the external hard drive. Call me a file hoarder but it has served me well.
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Rhona Wise, Photographer, Photo Editor
Miami/Ft Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 7:24 PM on 01.10.17
->> Adobe
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Tom Ewart, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 7:30 PM on 03.01.17
->> Adobe
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