Flickr vs. Color Profiles: Old News for Some

I’ve been irked for a while over the fact that lots of the images I upload to Flickr look washed out in comparison to what I see on my computer. At first I thought this was due to gamma issues and was assuming that maybe my browser didn’t recognize settings or something like that.

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I finally researched it this morning, and it turns out that it’s actually Flickr’s fault. In order to save storage space (we assume), they strip color profile data from (at least) all resized images. So while the originals might look as you expected, everyone who’s just looking at the resized versions is being misled.

A workaround has been discovered by smart people well before now, however — convert your images to the sRGB colorspace before uploading. Actually, using Adobe Bridge’s workflow options make this quite easy to do in the same step that I’m already doing to convert from Canon RAW to JPEG.

Unfortunately, this convenient workaround is only useful when uploading new images to Flickr. As for the hundreds of shots I’ve already posted, the only way I can imagine to fix them is to manually re-upload and delete the existing ones. That seems like a huge pain. Maybe I can write an application using the Flickr API that will do this for me… but it seems unlikely to happen.

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  1. kippersforbreakfast
    Posted June 21, 2006 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Great! Now that you’ve figured this out, you can post the pictures that you took when you were in Seattle OVER A MONTH AGO. Did that sound naggy? I don’t want to sound naggy. Maybe it was a little naggy. Oh well, I love pictures, I like to see pictures. I want to see pictures. Maybe now that I have my own digi cam I’ll take all the same pictures that you take and then I can see mine super fast and then you can play around with yours and make them perfect and I won’t get antsy waiting for you to do that.

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