Lightroom Classic: Add camera profile selection on import

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I would love to see a profile selection drop down in the import dialog.

I am aware that I can set a development preset and choose this on import that contains a profile selection. But, to do that for various camera profiles is somehow tedious to setup and also clutters the preset settings unnecessary imho. And then I also do different lens correction settings. One with "Enable Profile Correction" on and one with "Remove Chromatic Aberration" set to on and for panoramas only with the latter set to on, as the lens correction will be done by the external panorama stitching software. That would then mean I'd have to do a preset per profile plus two variants for each lens correction settings.

Long story short, to be able to select the profile on import separately would be very much less tedious and quite easy to add to Lightroom.

Or am I missing something here?
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Yeah, this request didn't go over very well in the Lightroom forum. I don't think, personally, that the import dialog is the place to start adding a lot of develop features. You could create a number of different presets that include different profiles and lens correction settings, but I don't think the import dialog is the place to start cluttering up with a lot of other settings to worry about. But then, that's just my opinion. 
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Yeah, some people prefer to police instead of keeping quiet, i.e. don't care,  or to actually help. Modern day behavior on the internet. I am used to it :) I simply keep scrolling if I see something I don't like...

I think that the profile selection is very fundamental. And it would not clutter the dialog. Ok, you got a point here as there might be people that would see a lot more things that possibly could be added. As for me, besides that one thing I am actually satisfied.

Here's the thing. I might import studio shoots that desire a certain profile, landscape shots that desire another profile, or somewhat shot's that desire the something profile, so, being able to assign a profile on import would seem a convenience for me. I normally only either add lens corrections or not on import. Everything else is done manually after importing.

Long story short, DdeGannes suggested something that actually works for now. It's to set the default settings for the camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcrMAJDUd4o

Just my 2 cents and hey, it's still a free world!




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I'm not policing. If you want a profile, build a preset that includes a profile and apply that preset. That's all that's necessary. Default settings is another excellent approach. I've done that for my cameras, and it works very well. I'm just saying that it isn't necessary to clutter up the import dialog. Import presets and camera defaults are really all that are necessary. I participate in a number of forums. Just because I chose to comment on this one doesn't mean that I'm policing. I simply felt that others had expressed themselves adequately. Sorry that you were offended. I won't bother you again.
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You got me wrong. I did not mean your comment. You are constructive and helpful!

I was merely responding to you opener "Yeah, this request didn't go over very well in the Lightroom forum." because I felt some anger in some peoples posts over there through wording and capitalized words.

Please keep up what you do and thank you again!


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Why not 1) use 'Embedded & Sidecar Import Previews selection, 2) Sync the desired profile to all of the imported files, and then 3) build Standard Size or 1:1 Previews based on your needs. It gives you the option to apply ANY Develop settings AFTER initial import with very little impact on time required.
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That's a very good idea! Thank you! Completely forgot that the imported files are shown after import because i fly over that dialog all the time. Cool!
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Just as an FYI try both 'Embedded & Sidecar' and 'Standard Size' Import Preview selections. With the new 'Generate Previews in Parallel' option in Preferences> Performance they are about the same time wise. Standard previews allow you to see what the images look like with your default camera profile setting, which may be helpful for selecting the "preferred" camera profile for this set of image files.