I use Lightroom for all my RAW processing and I've noticed that I am consistently needing to lower the highlights and bump up the shadows on almost every shot. Otherwise the contrast seems way too high. Many times, -100 on the highlights and +100 on the shadows.
Has anyone else noticed this, or is it just me and what would cause this?
I'm sure it has nothing to do with metering. My exposures are fine.
Yes, my screen is calibrated (although I'm sure it could be re-calibrated). I don't have NX2 - haven't used Capture since about version 2 - way too slow for my workflow and I didn't bother with any upgrades since I upgrade my MacPro. So, the only options I have are LR or ACR.
I only shoot in RAW, so most settings on the camera (Picture Control and such) shouldn't affect it. I do have a ColourChecker Passport, so I may create a new profile and try that.
If I get a chance tomorrow I'll post a sample once I'm back in the studio.
When LR imports a RAW file, it applies settings that you might have set to a higher contrast than you intended. When doing the import, check what presets are applied in the Apply During Import tab, and also what camera picture control might be selected in that preset. You could always reset your import preset, or select None, and see it that alters your results.