For the past 25 and a half years, everyday someone asks me “Hey, what's the color of that? How bout that? And that?!?!?” As a color deficiency person (I'm going to call it color blind from here forward,) you get asked this plenty of times. Honestly, I never get tired of answering the hundreds of questions. I used to get annoyed after a while, but now, I find their responses funny. They think it's funny that I can mess up the most basic colors yet, I laugh at them for seeing it differently. Who is to say who is correct? Well, technically, there is somewhat of a right and wrong when I'm calling a blue sweatershirt purple. Have you ever thought about thinking more into it? No one is the same when it comes to all the senses. Some people can hear better than others. When it comes to sight, who is to say what we see is REALLY what we see? That's a whole other blog post, maybe even a different website, but who knows? Back when I first started photography, I was editing a lot of cars. Black cars always turned purple because I would color adjust the car a little bit, and the blue reflections from the sky would create a purple color on the original black car. I had no idea! It's all fun and I find it very interesting. What about the old timers that hold their menus as far as your arms can reach? We are all very different!
Being how no two people are exactly the same, there are different levels of color blindness. In fact, in some super rare cases, the person won't see any color at all! The most common color blindness is known as red/green color blindness. This doesn't not mean that red/greens are always mixed up, it means that blues and purples will be mixed up because they can't see the red element of the color purple. For myself, I have an issue with red/green, blue/purple, and gray/pink. Many of those shades blend in for me, so I never know which is which. Color blindness is a mind game. When people ask me what colors what, I simply think in my mind, grass is green and that looks like grass. The answer is green. I compare and contrast every single color to each other. Opinions of others and education has taught me that things are supposed to be that color. How the hell do I 'color correct' photos!? Stay tuned for a future blog post regarding that!
Below is a Color Vision Deficiency simulator, provided by Color-blindess.
In the slide show below, the simulator shows you each of the main color deficiencies. If the slidesho is moving too quickly, use the right and left arrows to navigate. Try getting a grasp of what's going on in each image, and then I will explain it through my eyes, as best as I can.
Pretty crazy stuff, right?!?! Why the hell is this color blind kid trying to become a respected wildlife and nature photographer!? I wish I could see your reactions to the simulator. On a serious note, as I said earlier, color blindness is a mind game. I will go ahead and tell you what types of color blindness (in the chart above) look the same to me: Normal Color Vision, Red-Blind/Propanopia, and Green-Blind/ Deuteranopia show zero change to me. Red-Weak/Protanomaly and Green-Weak/Deuteranomaly do not look the same as the others mentioned above, however, they look exactly the same within each other. As for the others, I have to chuckle as they look completely ridiculous, kind of the same way you chuckled at my results!
How do I know when to stop color correcting? I edit pictures according to what looks pleasing to me. If you like, then it's a win win situation!
Statistics and Fun Facts
- approximately 1 out of 12 men and 1 out of 255 women are color blind
- color blindness is passed through your X sex chromosome
- diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other diseases can also cause color blindness
- about 8% of all men are suffering from color blindness
- colorblind people feel handicapped in everyday life, and almost nobody recognizes this
- in certain countries, you need normal color vision to get a drivers license
Another test that is pretty fun is this hue test by Xrite.
And to really kill my confidence:
So, what do you think about this whole post? Would you continue to pursue in your dreams when dealing with this color deficiency? How was your hue test results? Drop me a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear your responses and any questions that you may have!
Thanks for looking!