Problem: How to change default Camera Calibration on Import

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When I import photos, Lightroom automatically applies the default Adobe Standard profile in Camera Calibration. I then have to select all my photos in the develop module and apply my own Nikon camera profile. This adds an unnecessary step to my workflow.

Is there a way to change the default setting so it automatically applies my preferred profile during Import?

Thank you,


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John Plevritis

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Shane Betts

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Lightroom 101 John.  Make a develop preset and then make an import preset that uses the develop preset.

I'm sorry, I'm in the middle of a shoot now so can't post a link but Google it and you'll be glad you did.
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Lightroom will automatically apply the settings you used during your last import.

To control this, create an import preset. Choose an unedited image Develop set the develop settings as you would like them to be on import. Save this as a Develop preset.

Now import a few images. In the right panel under Apply During Import, click the dropdown menu beside Develop Settings. Choose your new preset and click Import.

Now next time you import images, Lightroom should use these settings by default. You can choose a different preset from the menu any time you want, but Lightroom will always default to the settings you used last.

I save import settings for different kinds of shoots: architecture, fashion, infrared, landscape, portrait, etc. I name the with an asterisk so they stay on top: *Import Portrait Camera Standard, etc.

These include default settings in all the Develop panels, not just Camera Calibration. It helps me for all my images of each type to have the same general look to begin with. It makes initial sorting and culling go more quickly.
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You can also change the default settings, without applying a preset. Reset a photo from that camera to defaults. Then change the calibration profile. Then go to Develop menu > Set Default Settings. Repeat the process for any other cameras.
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John Plevritis

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Thank you to all for your helpful advice.

The solutions are straight forward but more importantly, they work!

Since I have several cameras it only makes sense that I have several presets that correspond to each camera and the desired profile.

Once again, thank you for your help.