Lightroom: How do I automatically apply lens correction upon import?

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I cannot fined a way to get this to the AdobeLabs LR4 team, so I hope they read this post or someone can forward it:

In LR4 is there a mechanism that I do not know about or still time to create an import option to apply lens corrections automatically on import?
This would be extremely beneficial. Camera calibration cannot be done on import as a preset since light conditions can change during shooting unless the memory card is only for that shoot.
The metadata keeps the lens/camera info and each photo could be adjusted even though it might slow down the process slightly. Thanks Les
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Apologies if I'm not fully understanding, but in LR3 and LR4 you can simply create a develop preset which applies Lens Corrections only (nothing to do with Camera Calibration), then apply that preset on import. You could even setup an Import Preset which in turn applies the "Lens Correction Develop Preset".
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There is a LR4 beta-specific forum to post LR4 questions to that is linked off of the http://labs.adobe.com/ page you downloaded the beta from, but what you want is already available in the current version of LR.

What you want to do is have Profile Corrections and (in LR4) Remove Chromatic Aberrations enabled as part of your LR defaults for your camera(s).

To change your LR defaults, import a photo from your camera, then before you do anything else with that photo, go to Develop, go to the Lens Corrections area and enable Profile Corrections and in LR4 also enable Remove Chromatic Aberration, then press the Alt key (option on Mac?) and you'll see the Reset button change to Set Default... click Set Default... and choose Update to Current Settings.

Any new photos you import from that camera will have Lens Profile Corrections enabled by default along with non-profile-based automatic Chromatic Aberration corrections in LR4. If for some reason this still doesn't work, perhaps you'll need to change the Profile Corrections Setup (lens-finding) option from Default to Auto but it seems to work the Default selection on mine.

Having Lens Corrections enabled by default will slow things down, so if many photos don't need it, then you can set a Develop Preset to apply at Import if you want to selectively enable Lens Corrections on an import-by-import basis.
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Thanks, that answered my long standing question.
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I just tried this with my Nikon D800 and have the following problem. The profile correction get set for whichever lens I first use, and gets applied for that lens to all of my photos regardless of which lens they were actually taken with. I think this same problem applies when I try to sync settings (for Profile Corrections) with many photos -- the settings for the initial photo get applied to other photos even though they used different lenses.
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Ah, I believe I solved my problem: Under Profile Corrections I need to select Auto, not Custom (the latter is what came up by default). Then it automatically detects the correct lens.
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I would like to use a lens correction while importing my pictures into lightroom 4 - is that possilbe? how would i do that

if it is not possible, can i use the lens correction as a batch for a whole lot of selected pictures?

thx
oliver

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
LR4: Lens correction during import.
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When setting up an import in LR4, I would like to be able to simply check a box to apply automatic lens corrections (e.g. when an import contains photos taken with 4 different lenses). This would save a lot of time syncing photos or setting up a preset.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: apply auto lens correction on import.
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OliverE and AprilW, see my reply, above, in the web forum version of the thread your replies have been merged into. Skip where it describes about downloading the beta, which isn't applicable anymore, the look where describes how to set your Lightroom defaults to have lens-corrections enabled by default so every picture will have them when you import. The default process only works if your lenses are supported by Lightroom, already, with a built-in profile.

For pictures you've already imported that you want to enable lens profile corrections for a large group of, change the settings on one image, then select that image plus any others (or at least many others) you want to change, then with your initial image that has the corrections selected as the current image, click the Sync button and choose Check None, then click the checkbox next to Lens Profile Corrections, and perhaps Chromatic Aberration. Then click Synchronize. This will copy the lens profile corrections from the current image to any other selected images.
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How do you disable this feature in LR1?