Trying to decide if I should set my D800 to Neutral or Standard picture control now that I am using LR5 and trying to understand what happens on Import. Normally I have the camera set to Neutral prior to opening in Capture NX2.
I have a test folder with two NEF images on it one taken in Neutral and one in Standard,I want to develop in LR without changing to any of the picture controls.In other words to process a RAW file as in CNX2 where the idea was that a Neutral file was most suitable where extra editing was to be expected.
At the Library stage immediately after import are those two files still as taken or has LR already converted them to Adobe Standard? If so and I go to the develop section and I select Neutral or Standard in that menu will I be as close to my camera settings as possible?
Thanks for any help and please tell me if I am looking at this incorrectly.
#1. "RE: LR5 Import menu" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 19-Apr-14 01:48 PM by aolander
The Picture Control to which you set your camera will mean nothing to Lightroom. Lightroom will adjust images to whatever you've selected as the profile in the Develop Module which will probably be close to what you want.
#3. "RE: LR5 Import menu" In response to Reply # 0
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As stated by Alan, the Picture Control setting in camera has no effect on Lightroom. That said, there are considerations to how the camera is set. To the extent that you use the LCD and histograms to judge exposure, bear in mind that you are viewing a JPG processed from the RAW data — and that processing uses the in-camera settings. So the Picture Control setting, notably Contrast, affect your exposure adjustments. I use Neutral (Standard is similar) to minimize clipping and maximize full range data capture. This produces a somewhat flat image — but I counter that on import to Lightroom with a boost in Contrast, Clarity, and Vibrance.
That brings up a point about Lightroom. The profiles in Lightroom are similar to but that identical to the Picture Controls in your camera. To me, this does not matter: A Picture Control or a profile is a starting point; most images benefit from a bit — or a lot — of tweaking.
I frequently take an image, especially if it is representative of an entire shoot, and run it through all the profiles to find the best start, and then I'll apply it to the the rest of the shoot. Now the images are in the ballpark I want. Image evaluation and rating is more accurate and selection of keepers more efficient.
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