Lightroom: drastically changing colours when creating previews of imported raw files from Canon 5D II

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Hi all,

Whilst it's normal for LR to darken the raws and change colours a little whilst creating previews after importing, a recent problem has me completely stumped.

This set of pictures were created with a custom white balance in the camera and gelled flashes. I've tried adjusting settings all through the Develop module and the Camera Calibration but I cannot return the images to their original colours.

I opened one of the CR2 files in Camera Raw and it shows me the same problem. I downloaded a Capture One demo and it doesn't do it, it shows all the pictures in their authentic colour that I saw on the back of the camera screen.



Please advise as this was a paid shoot and I need to show the customer the proof galleries ASAP and I don't know how to use Capture One.

Regards ^__^
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Aravind Krishnaswamy

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A couple of additional pieces of information would be helpful:

1. Are you shooting full size RAW or sRAW or mRAW?
2. What picture style was the camera set to?
3. Is there anyway you can pop one of the files to share (i.e. like dropbox) so that someone can take a look?
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Hi there,

Thanks for the quick reply.

I'm shooting full size RAW and picture style is 'Standard'

Happy to share a dropbox folder, which email should I send the invitation to and is there a reference number to quote for my query?

Thanks again

Rachel
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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One other thought - in Develop, hold down Shift while pressing the reset (Adobe) button. I'm wondering if you've simply changed the default settings on an odd slider.
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Hi Victoria,

Gave that a go, didn't change the picture, thank you for the suggestion though as this really has me stumped.

Aravind from Adobe has sent me the email address to share my RAW file with and I'll wait to hear back from that.

Thanks again
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Hi Rachel,

I took a look at your file and it appears that a custom white balance has been set which has a tint value that is set beyond the range that Lightroom supports (i.e. greater than +150). When its brought into Lightroom, the tint value gets clamped at 150 and thats why you don't see the same colors as you do on the back of the camera.

Unfortunately, this is a limitation of Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW. One alternative workflow for these images would be to convert them to TIFF using Canon's Digital Photo Professional software and then import the TIFFs into Lightroom and continue editing. Its not an ideal workflow but it would get you working with the files.
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Since the custom WB doesn’t affect the raw data, would it not be better to just ignore the setting from the camera, apply a new one and move forward with raw processing?

It does raise an interesting issue. I wonder if encountering such an illegal custom value if LR should either pop an error or just set the tint/temp to a default value. Getting a real ugly initial rendering isn’t useful.
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If the issue is extreme white balance, then the other obvious option would be a custom camera profile using the DNG Profile Editor. That'll allow much more extreme shifts and would allow you to work with the raw file within LR rather than a TIFF. I've used it most often when photos were below LR 2000k limit.
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Thank you Victoria, this has nailed the issue. It took a lot of tweaking to get the colours to look like the original camera pics but I got pretty close in the end and now I can send the proof gallery to the customer.

Thank you again

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