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Use Lightroom Camera Calibration Profiles to your advantage

If you are are like me always shooting RAW, you will notice that your camera LCD previews photos you take in JPEG. When you get bat home to import those photos, Lightroom forget about JPEG processing and imports those photos in an unprocessed, unsharp, and dull-looking photo.

If you want to start off your post-processing workflow from where the camera preview left off, go to the Develop module in Lightroom (bottom right-hand menu) and you will find a section called Camera Calibration. Most users have not even noticed it's existence or are afraid to use it. 

Well, Camera Calibration profiles adjust your image to imitate as closely as possible what your camera offers as profile presets. Just click on the Profile dropdown menu to choose from the same profiles you find in your DSLR. If you are using Canon like me, you will be presented with the following:  

  • Camera Faithfull
  • Camera Landscape
  • Camera Neutral
  • Camera Portrait
  • Camera Standard

Nikon users are presented with the following options:

  • Adobe Standard (Default)
  • Camera Landscape
  • Camera Neutral
  • Camera Portrait
  • Camera Standard
  • Camera Vivid

Camera calibration profiles in Lightroom offer the same adjustments applied in your camera.

Adobe Standard

Camera Neutral

Camera Faithful

Camera Portrait

Camera Landscape

Camera Standard

If you want to make your choice the default setting, hold down the Option (Mac) / Alt (Windows) key and click the Set Default button at bottom right. From there on, you can change the Tint in the Shadows and change the Hue and Saturation in the three RGBs.

Now go back up in the develop module and fine tune the rest of the image. Enjoy!