Have you ever noticed how the colors of a photographic print can appear very different under different light sources?
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 when I create my prints.
I do this to insure that the colors in your print appears most accurate no matter what the lighting conditions are.
The profiles that I use are matched to the specific types (canvas, luster, matte etc.) and brands of paper .
What is a color profile?
Simply put, in the creation of a fine art print it is a set of instructions that tells the computer/printer how to render the image on a specific type of paper.
Most photographers and printers using daylight profiles.
Prints look fine under daylight viewing conditions but under flourescent or incandesent lighting the colors can take on radically different hues.
I have been making prints for more than 30 years first in a black and white darkroom, then a cibachrome color lab and now using state of the art digital photographic printers.
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 make the print to look best in that 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.
I worry about these kinds of details so you don’t have to!