I've been searching everywhere for this answer and can't find one. I'll try to keep this simple as possible.
I'm editing on Lightroom Classic. When I export, the image has more contrast and saturation even viewing on the same monitor. I shoot on a FUJIFILM XT-4 and use JPEGs and edit JPEGs and export JPEGs. The way it looks is congruent on all other applications I used besides Adobe applications, Photoshop being an exception. (Looks the same on Windows Photos, Dropbox.com, iPhone photos, and Instagram.) The only place it doesn't look the same is Lightroom and Bridge.
I don't know how this is usable when mainly my delivery is basic Web. No print. Is there a way to fix this? It seems like it's an Adobe problem because its congruent EVERYWHERE else besides there. How am I suppose to edit if it doesn't stay the same?
I hope someone has solved this. The suppot team just told me to come here after no resolution.
The problem is most applications are not color-managed, which means they don't show the colors as they should. In addition to normal differences, if you have a wide-gamut monitor the colors will look much more saturated than they should in non-color-managed applications.
The problem is not Adobe applications, which are color-managed, but all those that are not...
Just as an example, if you export pictures from Lightroom and open them in Microsoft Photos (the default on Windows 10), which is *not* color-managed, they will look different. On the other hand, Windows Photo Viewer (the predecessor to Microsoft Photos, but still included in Windows 10) is color-managed and displays the pictures exactly as they look in Lightroom.
There's not much one can do about it. You mention that you export mostly for web, so you might take that into account when you edit (so it looks better on, say, your phone), but it will not resolve the real issue and, if and when browseers/apps become color-managed, the appearance of your pictures will change (not in a good way).
Also, keep in mind that no two displays look the same, color-managed or not, because of brightness settings, reflectivness or the screen, color range and so on... This is particularly true when comparing smartphone, which is what most people use these days to consume content on Instagram and other social media. I'm using a wide-gamut, calibrated monitor, but pictures look different on my phone inside than outside, because or the brightness adjustment, and again different in night-mode.
Michael Niessen - Photographer, photo-editor, educator
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