color profile of Nikon NEF
I have a question about NEF (nikon's Raw) and color profile management. According to Jeff Schewe and his "The digital negative", raw files arent' a real image, but just the sensor's dump. So, obviously, color profiles are just "attached" to raws only for following editing, so you can open a raw file, decide the color profile to adopt, and then convert it in a real image (e.g. a .tiff) with that color profile. So, you haven't done a conversion: the raw is still the same raw produced by camera, but you have exported a tiff with another color profile.
For example, time later, you can still use your raws, shooted in sRGB, and attach a AdobeRGB profile, without doing a "conversion", and do whatever you want, with all the color information of AdobeRGB.
Ok. And this is what you can do with Adobe Camera Raw: you can choice a color profile for your RAW, despite the profile attached to raw by your camera, and do the rest of editing. And this is not intended as a conversion.
When you use NEF files (Nikon's raw) and Nikon's Capture NX-D, you can't assign a color profile to your raw, it uses the profile assigned by camera, and if you have to use another one, the only way is to export to TIFF and convert the file in another profile. But you understand that is not a good idea to start with a tiff in sRGB and convert it to AdobeRGB, wanting to have the quality of the wider gamut, once printed.
I mean: with Adobe I assign a color profile to the raw, with nikon i can't.
All this, because I have so many Nikon's raw shooted in sRGB, edited with Capture NX, and now I want to use them with AdobeRGB without doing again the editing with Adobe Camera Raw. How can I do that ?
Thanks for the patience