Camera Raw/Lightroom: Camera profiles for Pentax "Custom Image" settings. (K-30)

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Hi, I'm writing to ask, nay plea, for custom camera profiles for the Pentax K-30 (&K-5, etc.). I'm talking about the ones that try to mimic the in-camera JPG processing.

The biggest reason I ask is because I have a disability that severely impacts cognitive functioning and memory, as well as pain that limits interaction with the computer. So I don't have the endurance required to 'develop' every single RAW file. I've been shooting RAW+JPG for the time being and even though I'm not a pro shooting thousands, the duplicate images when importing with 'treat jpg as separate photos' is already becoming unweildly and confusing (at under 200 for my working catalog) - not to mention that it will take up a bit of extra space to keep shooting raw+jpg.

I don't say this because I'm wanting people to feel sorry for me or anything, but it is simply a fact that is hard to overcome. I still have all my intelligence, but it takes significantly longer for me to do mental task. As a reference - it's taken me about 4-5 months just to get to a point where I'm starting to understand the basics of Lightroom(4) and beginning to use some adjustments, mostly in the basic panel. (And that's working at it every day, all day, since I'm no longer able to work. 8-O ) I still want to understand more about curves, BUT that is a whole 'nother issue! ;)

I'll keep seeing things like "just use the DNG profile creator", and "it's not that hard", when trying to Google and whatnot. Well - they haven't looked at things via a malfunctioning noggin, I presume. =) I still do want to try doing that, if only for the learning experience and understanding how various adjustments interact with each other. I've made a few attempts so far, but not really getting there at this point in time. And I have other areas of photography I want to explore.. Like starting to take other pictures besides test shots and X-rite colorchecker shots! :)

Anyhoo, I've come across Pentax K-30 (&K-5) for ones like 'camera-faithful' and 'camera-landscape', but aside from the landscape one, they aren't the ones that I'm referring to. I'm referring to the ones under "Custom Image" menu: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, etc. The main one I'm personally concerned with is the default of "Bright" - it's also one that I've read other Pentax users like a lot too.

I would think Adobe would also want to better support manufacturers that adopt DNG as opposed to proprietary formats to help widespread adoption of DNG by other manufacturers as well. But I'm hoping Adobe could do this in a professional manner, since I'm only an aspiring wannabe amateur photographer..

So now comes the begging: please, please, PLEASE - pretty please with sugar on top? ok - groveling over. =)

Thanks to whomever at Adobe will read this - I didn't think it would be so long, but I've been wanting to ask this for ~4 months.
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Camera Standard is the only profile Adobe ever attempted to make for some of the older Pentaxes so I doubt they'd put resources into making wide range of profiles you are after.

Turning up the VIbrance slider is what I do on many of my nature images to give them more color if that is what you're after, that and adding some Clarity for a local contrast boost.

Other than selling your Pentax gear and getting a Canon or Nikon that does have Adobe supplied camera-match profiles, I'm not sure what else to suggest.
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Thanks for the reply.
You would think Adobe WOULD aim more support to those camera manufacturers that are embracing the DNG format. I'm hoping to plea with them to do so. If anyone could do it properly, they could. They should have the resources and imaging knowledge to be able to do it in a heartbeat. I can't understand why they don't.

I do intend to attempt at either making a camera profile and/or a preset to nearly match the "bright" setting - which is pretty much the ONLY one I'm interested in. I've been trying to look into it for a couple months or so. At least as an exercise for gaining know-how. It takes so long for me to figure things out though.. In the meantime, I'm sort of giving up on the "Bright" setting imitation and just doing things like you say.

As far as selling all the Pentax gear I just bought - NEVER EVER! =)
The K-30 was my first non-bridge, full-DSLR camera. I did a *LOT* of research before deciding which brand to go with. Pentax seemed like absolutely incredible value for what little money I had inherited.. And it looked like better image quality from what I've seem from various reviews. Now Canikons,etc look like overpriced garbage for camera snobs! ... JUST kidding, non-Pentax people at Adobe. ;)

And now I'm heavily invested in Pentax with a total of three expensive (for me) lenses and their GPS unit. I got most of my desired focal lengths covered with them - from 8mm to 300mm(digital numbers).