Lightroom Classic: Faded, desaturated photograph after import

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It seems when I am in Library mode and click on a picture, it seems to come up as I would expect it to.  Full color, saturation, etc.  Right before my eyes I can see the histogram shift and it appears like the color is "sucked out" of the picture.  From that point, it doesn't seem like I can adjust the picture back to where it was.

Also LR5 keeps crashing on my other machine but no way I am going to CC
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Jan Malkovsky

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Mika Kupari

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Hi Jan,

just checking, what camera you have; do you shoot RAW or JPG; and do you have a camera profile set to other than "standard".

If you shoot RAW, what you see on import is the RAW image reset and Lightroom building the JPG preview. The profile you have in camera won't transfer with RAW files. You should be able to select one in Develop-module under Camera Calibration: Profile.

Hope this helps,
-Mika
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Ruurd van Dijk

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The answer Mika gave is not completely correct. Each RAW-file has an 'embedded' jpg preview built in. That's what you first see in Lr. Afterwards (except when you have the 'Use Embedded Previews' option on) the real RAW-file is loaded and displayed with default settings. So sometimes it looks rather dull. But that's where YOU come in! You have to 'Develop' your picture yourself. And believe me, in 99% of the cases you will do a better job than your camera does when shooting in jpg...
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Mika Kupari

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Hi Ruurd,
thanks for the clarification, I had that in mind when I was writing the reply, but forgot it.

-Mika