How Do Viewing Conditions Affect Print Colors?

Have you ever noticed how the colors of a photographic print will look diferent at various times of day and under different light sources?

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© Byron Jorjorian

Most photographers and printers use daylight profiles. The print looks good under daylight but under flourescent or incandesent lighting the colors can take on radically different hues.

I have been making fine art photographic prints for more than 30 years first in a black and white darkroom, then a cibachrome lab and now using state of the art photography printers.

This has been an issue which has bothered me a lot in the digital era.

My solution to this problem is to use mixed lighting profiles and even profiles for specific light sources.

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© Byron Jorjorian

The majority of fine art prints which I produce are produced using a mixed lighting profile. It is designed to give the most natural looking color under a varity of lighting conditions. It works well even under conditions where a combination of light sources (for example flourescent and daylight) might both be illuminating the photographic print.

If you know that the image will be viewed only under a specific light source and not moved you can let us know and we can set the color to create the art print to look best in your environment.

However, if the photograph may be moved or viewed under different light sources it is best for us to use the mixed lighting profiles that I use by default.

About Byron Jorjorian

Fine art nature photographer - loves life and having an office in the outdoors! Loves nature, art, photography & my family. Over 22,000 prints installed worldwide. More than 12,000 photographs published in books magazines and other print media
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