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Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4

fetflex

DK
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fetflex Registered since 08th Sep 2009
Tue 08-Sep-09 10:06 AM

Hi all.

I’m pretty new to Lightroom, so I have a quick question.

When I import picture from my Nikon D5000 in to lightroom (NEF) they get to dark when it has finished rendering. (Before rendering it looks good, good contrast)

Then I have read about that it’s because that Adobe has to guess the values the camera made. Is that still through?

If it can’t be fixed is it better to import the pictures through Nikons own program?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated

thosmm

Spring Hill, US
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#1. "RE: Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4" | In response to Reply # 0

thosmm Registered since 12th May 2009
Tue 08-Sep-09 01:14 PM

The NEF files are imported without the processing applied to JPG images. Lightroom has a number of ways to correct this.

1. White Balance
2. Auto Tone
3. Develop Settings
4. Auto Develop Settings

The first two are in the Library module. The second is the Develop module, and if you have a set of Develop setting that you want to use regularly, you can set them up as Auto Develop Settings in the Import dialog.

IIRC, Capture NX 2 can extract the metadata of the imbedded JPG and apply those settings to the raw image.

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gkaiseril

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#2. "RE: Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4" | In response to Reply # 1

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Tue 08-Sep-09 01:53 PM

Actually the NEF has the in cameera settings as part ot the MakerNote section of the EXIF metadata in the NEF. The embedded JPEG has has these settings applied to the image before beint embedded.

One can open the NEF in Nikon ViewNX or Capture NX2 and have the camera setting applied to the NEF. Both programs have the ability to directrly transfer the processed NEF to as a TIFF to other editing programs by using the "Open With...'

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fetflex

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#3. "RE: Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4" | In response to Reply # 2

fetflex Registered since 08th Sep 2009
Thu 10-Sep-09 10:57 PM

Ok so the only way i can get the correct values is to import the pictures using NX?

adambrackman

US
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#4. "RE: Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4" | In response to Reply # 3

adambrackman Registered since 06th Mar 2009
Mon 14-Sep-09 09:50 PM | edited Mon 14-Sep-09 09:51 PM by adambrackman

I had the same issue and it was always a letdown to see a well balanced image turn drab after processing and then trying to figure out how to get back there again.
Well, I found a way. Adobe released camera profiles that can be imported into lightroom and photoshop. It will recognize the camera you are using and only give you options applicable to your camera. I have found the "camera standard" option to most match what I say orginally.

http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Profiles

more details here:
http://blogs.oreilly.com/lightroom/2008/08/adobe-camera-profiles-and-ligh.html

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fetflex

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#5. "RE: Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4" | In response to Reply # 4

fetflex Registered since 08th Sep 2009
Tue 22-Sep-09 05:42 PM

I have tried it with the camera profiles, and it seems to be working great.

I will give it a go for some time.

Thx adambrackman for the tip

gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#6. "RE: Impoted pictures get to dark in Lightroom 2.4" | In response to Reply # 3

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Tue 22-Sep-09 06:29 PM

You can open the NEF images in Veiw NX and let the Nikon software apply the camera settings. Then from the file menu you use 'Open with ...' to directly transfer a memory TIFF image to LightRoom or other appliction.

Adobe is working on an ACR/DNG profile editor and camera profiles. There are Beta, end user testing version, versions available through Adobe Labs.

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