Lightroom: Why does Lightroom change the color/tones when I import RAW images?

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Why does Lightroom change the color/tones when I import RAW images? Please help.
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WanjikuW

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Posted 7 years ago

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Rob Cole

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This from Lightroom Help / Importing Photos:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Lightroom...

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Specify initial previews when importing

As photos are imported, Lightroom can immediately display a photo’s embedded preview, or display higher-quality previews as the program renders them. Embedded previews are created by cameras and are not color managed, so embedded previews don’t match how Lightroom interprets the camera raw files. Previews rendered by Lightroom take longer to generate but are color managed.

In the File Handling panel on the right side of the import window, choose an option from the Render Previews menu:
Minimal Immediately display images using the smallest previews embedded in the photos. Lightroom renders standard-size previews when needed.
Embedded & Sidecar Display the largest possible preview available from the camera. This option may take longer than a Minimal preview but is still faster than rendering a standard-size preview.
Standard Display previews as Lightroom renders them. Standard-size previews use the Adobe RGB color space and are what you see in the Fit zoom level of the Loupe view. Specify the Standard preview size in the Catalog Settings dialog box. See Set preview cache.
1:1 Display previews that are a 100% view of actual pixels.
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Although informative (albeit confusing), it's also misleading, in my opinion:

- Lightroom *always* displays embedded previews first, then a Lightroom rendition (based on Lightroom's default camera profile), regardless of import preview settings. You can watch them and see... The import preview settings merely determine the extent to which Lightroom proceeds to render previews not yet needed in the background, versus waiting until they are needed for view.

- It suggests that color management is the reason Lightroom's rendition does not match the embedded preview. While this may be a factor for initial embedded preview display, soon afterward it's no longer the reason. Soon after importing, the embedded preview is completely replaced by the Lightroom rendition of the raw data, which may be considerably different, as per link above presented by Lee Jay.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Explanation from Jim Wilde on a duplicate topic:

"If Lee Jay's answer doesn't apply to your situation, it may be that you have (maybe inadvertently) changed the default Adobe develop settings. To test this, without making any changes to a newly imported Raw, go into the Develop module and press and hold the shift key. The "Reset" button (bottom right) should change to "Reset (Adobe)"....click on this and the image should revert to the default Adobe develop settings.

If that fixes the problem, then you need to think about maybe restoring the default settings for future imports. To do this, go to Develop>Set Default Settings and click on Restore Adobe Default Settings."
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Adobe Standard profile (Lightroom's factory default) is different than anything in the camera. So even if the default settings are virginal, the initial vs. final view will be considerably different - I assume this is what WanjikuW is experiencing - a *lot* of newcomers to Lightroom experience this and wonder...

If you want the Lightroom rendition to match your in-camera view more closely, simply choose a camera matching profile. It won't be exact (big subject), but it will be a lot closer.

PS - There's been some talk of auto-selection of such a profile based on camera metadata, but Adobe has given no sign they're even considering it.

Personally, I no longer pay attention to the in-camera rendition, so no expectations... - raws are for developing as I see fit, not Camera mfr nor Adobe...

PPS - A plugin could do the auto-selection, but I'll probably not be writing it, for the reason just mentioned.

Rob
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When importing RAW files from my camera (Fujifilm HS20EXR), Lightroom 4.2 applies pre settings like exposure correction or lens correction (previews are initially shown as they should but after few seconds previews are changed). All presettings on importing pictures are of course disabled (and apparently the issue never affects Jpegs)

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
ACR/LR: Problem when importing RAW files (Fuji HS20EXR).
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Luca Buzzoni

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The issue I have persists with Adobe DNG Converter 7.3 as well hence I believe it is an issue with my camera profile (Fujifilm Finepix HS20EXR) used by Camera RAW rather than an issue with Lightroom.