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Re: [OT] Photo colors was HIST: Pink Ruffles

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] [OT] Photo colors was HIST: Pink Ruffles
  • From: arilbredbreeder@cs.com
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 16:18:33 EDT

In a message dated 6/5/01 11:29:39 AM Mountain Daylight Time, 
gmbeasle@aol.com writes:

 Wouldn't a standardized color card included in a photo help one to know the 
 actual color of the item being photographed???  You could put your standard 
 card next to the one in the picture or print and see if the color was the 
 Now I have another question.  Since the RHS charts are so expensive, isn't 
 there some other chart that could be substituted?  Doesn't the printing or 
 graphics industry or the paint industry or someone have a fairly universal 
 substitute that could be used??  Why just say the RHS chart is too expensive 
 and give up?  You wouldn't have to have EVERY color.

I used the MacBeth color chart [a photographers' tool] for this.  Back in the 
days when custom processing was available, a closeup of this chart at the 
beginning of the roll could be used to balance the colors in printing -- 
making it possible to compare seedling photos taken under different 

Although I experimented with including the appropriate portion of the RHS fan 
in the shot, I found it much easier to use its numbers in the written 
description then compare the print with the original.

Sharon McAllister


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