➤ To All Photographers! Which Browser Are You Using?
This post is not about the best internet browser. What I want to discuss is:
1. what browser are you using to upload and view photographs on-line?
2. is there a specific reason (regarding photography) that made you choose that browser (browsers display different colors)?
3. how do you deal with LR/Photoshop → Monitor → Browsers for displaying your photography?
Now, I believe that no one, universal solution exists. But, I would love to hear your thoughts, what you do and how you approach internet color management in your workflow!
Once in a while, I happen to get myself messed up in the vast internet color management universe (Adobe RGB/ProPhoto, monitor, browsers) and always (unfortunately) end up trying to find a universal working solution to how to display my work on-line..for most people. As you know, on-line photographs are displayed in sRGB, even if you use Adobe RGB or ProPhoto color space in your workflow..a fact that can transform a perfectly good color photograph into a over-saturated, or otherwise strange, one once shared on-line. For me, who also uses a wide-gamut monitor, my photographs often look ridiculous if I don`t create a web-version of my master files before sharing them on my website. Example: the red channel has the tendency to shoot through the roof when converted from AdobeRGB/ProPhoto to sRGB. Creating web-versions can be tedious work, and in general, is a waste of time (if you ask me). But...
My personal preferences:
RAW-files in Lightroom (4.2), which has a default ProPhoto (or Melissa RGB) color space, Windows 7 (64-bit) and use an Asus 24" LCD Wide PA246Q Proart wide-gamut monitor. I know, using a wide-gamut monitor only adds to the frustration regarding displaying work on-line (in sRGB), but does have its advantages for fine art printing. I use both IE9 (not color-managed), because that is the browser most used for people/clients that takes interest in my work, and Firefox (color-managed) and I sometimes use a standard, calibrated LCD-monitor (not my wide-gamut) for on-line viewing.