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"The truth of the matter is, that while the human eye can see an amazing amount of detail, even in color, getting into color management with photography borders on the ridiculously extreme. There will be those that claim there is a difference, but I wonder if they truly can, given a "blind" test of prints (pardon the terrible pun!)"
While color management can be incredibly overwhelming if you try and digest it all at once, it's really not that difficult if you take it a little bit at a time. You start with calibrating you monitor and controlling your ambient and viewing light.
I've been doing custom profiles for everything from inkjet to offset for close to fifteen years now and I can say without a doubt that it really does make a difference, provided you go about it in a scientific manner and use quality hardware and software and learn how to use it. Trust me, it's so much easier than it was when I started that it really doesn't seem fair. The software was way more expensive and so was the hardware, but it was also that little (well not so little) something that gave an edge over competitors and helped save clients time and money. Sometimes the difference is just more accurate colors overall, but often it's the effect on the overall output that having a really neutral gray response in combination with color accuracy that makes things pop off the page, no matter what kind of page it is.
"A while back, I tried the whole aRGB/ProPhoto "thing", but I simply wasn't ready to plunk down thousands for a monitor able to display (only) 85% of the colors displayed, or thousands more for a printer able to print "most" of the colors in those color spaces."
You don't have to have a wide gamut screen to test the output between color spaces. I've done it several times and while, on some images, you can see a very small difference, that difference really isn't as much as all those 3-D plots out of ColorThink would have you believe. Still, it's good to know if you happen to have a problem child that won't behave. The most important thing to remember is that even though color spaces like ProPhoto contain virtually all the potential colors you could ever imagine (and some you can't), most images just don't contain that much or that much important data at the edges of the spectrum. That's the reason in most instances, you'll just don't see much of a difference in color spaces, if at all.