Raw has no color space. And it doesn't matter what you set your camera to (you're shooting Raw).
In a modern Raw workflow, I don't see the need for Adobe RGB (1998) at all. I encode in ProPhoto since its the widest color space I have available in my converter, this converter is using the ProPhoto primaries anyway after the Raw goes through its demosaicing, and lots of images and some output devices exceed Adobe RGB (1998). So, its Raw in, ProPhoto RGB in 16-bit out.
I'm new to color management, so apologies if my questions or assumptions might appear ignorant, as that is exactly what they are.
Given that I am at the beginning of my 'color management research', I have many questions, but in the spirit of not wearing out my welcome, I'll limit myself to just a few. I use Lightroom and CS2. I have attempted to calibrate my monitor with i1D2 (with mixed results...automatic doesn't seem to be that much different that my original display, manual with ambient light calibration makes the display much, much lighter, and I have to have a flourescent lamp partially shining on the monitor to get an ambient reading within the suggested range...I've returned to the Auto profile):
1) When is a color space assigned to an image?
a] When the RAW file is imported into LR?
b] When one 'edits a copy' in CS2?
c] When the edited file is exported?
2) Where can I find a *simple* explanation on how to implement color management?
My initial confusion is based on how to assign the color spaces and profiles. I have a profile for my monitor, CS2 has several working spaces that I can choose from, from what I've read here, LR automatically uses Pro Photo. That's not counting the printing profile issues.
I'm confused on how to implement all of this so that I can get back to dealing with the images and start printing and have some assurance that my images will look reasonably OK on other displays. I'm not sure that I can gain a thourough understanding of all of this right now, but just to know how to set the color spaces and profiles up in the different apps and weather I would need to export my final version to whatever colorspace.
Also, can an image edited and assigned one color space be assigned another and be the same as if the changed color space was originally implemented?
Again, my apologies if this post is somewhat convoluted, as I'm pressed for time right now (as usual). Any guidance that anyone can provide is greatly appreciated.