Do you repeatedly make the same adjustments to almost all the images you import into Adobe Lightroom or work with in Photoshop Camera Raw? Do you find yourself wishing that your images started-off in a better-looking state when you first looked at them in these products? Those are common situations or desires for photographers, and there are a couple of ways to accomplish that. One is creating a preset that you can use when importing into Lightroom or while you are in Bridge (the browser packaged with Photoshop that works with Camera Raw). What is sometimes better and simpler is to alter the defaults for specific model of camera. This article will discuss how to do that, and the good news is that it is remarkably easy to do.
Prior to creating new defaults for your camera(s), it is first worthwhile to consider what operations you either usually do or would like to do to your image. The default settings can encompass most anything you can do in those programs – exposure sliders, sharpening, noise reduction, color profiles, lens corrections – you name it. What you do not want to do is incorporate adjustments that are extremely image specific. Those are typically things such as all the exposure controls, black and white treatments, local adjustments and the like. My personal preference -and what I have done for many years now- is to include or enable the following adjustments. I am showing Lightroom panels, but the Camera Raw ones are very similar.
Lens Corrections Lightroom Panel.
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Camera Calibration Lightroom Panel
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