Lightroom & Camera Calibration
Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®
When you take a picture with your DSLR camera, the computer inside your camera applies processing in regards to color, light, vivid-ness, white balance, detail, and contrast. Each brand of camera (Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, etc.) utilizes its very own process and interpretation to the final jpeg image. When you shoot in RAW, you decide these settings before you take the picture. Whether you have a jpeg or a RAW image, you may still want to adjust these calibration settings. Lightroom lets you do this in Camera Calibration.
After opening your image in Lightroom, you may decide to change these automatic or previously selected settings from your camera to achieve a different look for your image. Go to the Develop module, and down at the bottom open Camera Calibration. This is what you will see:
Click on Embedded next to Profile. Test out each option to see the change and variation. The profiles that show up will be specific to your type of camera. (Keep in mind that Lightroom does not have profiles for all camera makes.) These choices show up for me: Adobe Standard, Camera Landscape, Camera Neutral, Camera Portrait, Camera Standard, and Camera Vivid. Test them all out to see how each changes your image.
Once you have the profile you want, fine tune your image even further with the sliders below Profile.
Change the tint in the Shadows. (Note: This image has very dark shadows, so the changes do not show up very well in this video.) Change the Hue and Saturation in your Red Primary, Green Primary and Blue Primary sections.
Oh the possibilities in Lightroom! I kinda like this. (Okay, I like it a LOT.)
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Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out jenniferapffel.com, albaphotography.net or look for her on fineartamerica.com.