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This weekend (Fri-Sun Aussie time) I'll be away with limited internet access. If you have images that need my help before next week, please post them soon.  Damien.

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Hi, me again.  So I have been avoiding Lightroom because I was unable to follow the instructions ye linked to disable the Prophoto profile.  Ye sent me a link to follow to check colour space etc but I didnt have any of the same options (I searched everywhere) that ye had so I had to abandon it.

I downloaded Bridge and have been doing the class but Bridge keeps crashing on my laptop so atm is unusable.

Im coming to my question now...!  I decided to use just Camera Raw and Photoshop for the meantime to avoid the colour space issues I was having, but now I see that even though Im shooting in RAW that my pics are becoming 8bit.  I changed this in camera raw but it either keeps reverting or its because of the space ye asked me to set in PS (North America general 2) which defaults to 8 bit.  If I change it to 16 bit it then loses the 'N America' profile and settles on 'Custom'

PS also keeps going to Adobe RGB even though I have sRGB selected.

 

Help!

What's the best thing to do to ensure that I can stay in 16bit sRGB?

Thanks very much!

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I have a Mac laptop running OS Big Sur and Photoshop 2021. It is under 12 months old, and has 16GB of RAM. Its hard drive has 62GB free out of 250GB. The last time I shut down was more than a week ago, because I'm an idiot. I have never run a cleanup program.   

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In my defence Ive only had it a few months so didnt think it needed cleaning yet

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Get CleanMyMac and run it right away, and every month hereafter.

And clear some space off your hard drive.  Aim for 90GB free at all times if you can.

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Ok I just shut it down completely. I'll try to clear off some stuff. 

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I thought that 16bit was the RAW amount of colour space, better for allowing more colour and better for editing with layers etc plus Im used to seeing 16bit there.  It only changed to 8bit today when I started using camera raw I think.

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16-bit is necessary in two situations:

1. When you're working in stupid ProPhoto RGB from stupid Lightroom.  I'm very pleased to say this no longer applies to you.

2. When you're working on a very hazy photo, eg strongly backlit at golden hour or whatever.  This might apply to you from time to time.

But most of the time, 8-bit is completely perfect, and 16-bit is unnecessary overkill.

And don't forget that you foolishly bought a very small Mac (hard drive size I mean) so you're going to be constantly struggling with space and performance issues.  And as 16-bit files are twice as large as 8-bit files, you definitely need to stick to 8-bit as much as you can.

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The strange thing is that when I checked the storage space, it was documents taking up all the space and I barely have any documents except a few which I wrote in Word that I saved as pdfs.  So I can prob get rid of them and save them elsewhere.  Ironically, I am working with strongly backlit images atm.

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Just now, SarahIE said:

Ironically, I am working with strongly backlit images atm.

Then work in 16-bit for these ones, but change straight back to 8 for the next job.

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1 hour ago, SarahIE said:

I changed this in camera raw but it either keeps reverting

There are two tricks in making Camera Raw keep a new default.

  1. You must only have ONE photo open in Camera Raw at the time you change the setting.
  2. After changing the setting, you MUST open that photo into Photoshop.

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Perfect thank you Damien

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