Chromatic adaptation

About chromatic adaption
  • Chromatic adaptation refers to the ability of our visual system to adjust to changes in lighting conditions, helping to keep the perceived colour of objects relatively stable.
  • Chromatic adaptation helps us perceive the colours of familiar objects as constant, even under widely varying lighting conditions.
  • Chromatic adaption means an observed colour stimulus such as a white surface is judged to remain white even as other projected or reflected colours fall upon it.
  • Chromatic adaption often becomes noticeable when comparing photographs of the same subject in changing lighting conditions.
  • Cameras try to mimic chromatic adaption through white balance adjustments, but differences in lighting conditions can still result in two photos of the same subject appearing different in colour.