A profile can help

I always find it a lot harder to decide on the tonal qualities that I want to see in a colour photograph than I do in a monochrome image. Because of that, I find that the ability to choose a colour profile as a starting point is very advantageous in Lightroom. Of course, other processing packages offer this as well.

As I take RAW and then convert the picture to DNG when I place them in Lightroom, the image is flat and unimpressive tonally when I look at it in the Library module. This is as it should be. The digital negative [DNG] does not add anything to the image as it was captured by the camera. There has been no sharpening, contrast added or colours enhanced. I even remove the pre-sharpening that LR adds as the file is opened in the LR Develop module.

Once in LR (or the PP package of your choice) then you can start to alter a copy of the DNG to show your vision for the scene. I find that if I am doing a colour photograph that the new Profile panel in Lightroom CC very useful as you can see the differences in the picture’s thumbnails as each profile is chosen. Fuji’s profiles are emulations are representations of their film stock and very good they are too. I find myself using the chrome profile the most. In my opinion, it has a subdued, detailed and “real-life” look to it.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6R LM OIS WR

The image was taken on an X-T1 and using the 18-135mm zoom lens at ISO 200. I love the subdued look of the colours and the way it adds an air of mystery. It was given the Fuji Classic Chrome profile.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6R LM OIS WR

Once again taken with the same camera and lens combination, but this time using the Fuji Provia profile.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6R LM OIS WR

The last image is a close up of an open-air sculpture, Again, XT1 and 18-135mm and again using Provia.



2 thoughts on “A profile can help

  1. Nice! You seem to get more options with LR CC than my V6.
    Where was your Arched Perimeter? Lovely shot.


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