Using Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.3
by Alan Winslow – May 4th, 2018
If you have updated to Adobe Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud 7.3 and Camera Raw 10.3 the X-Rite ColorChecker process has changed slightly. Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC can be found a the very top of the Basic panel. Users can access profiles through the “Profile Browser.” In previous versions of Lightroom, you would scroll down to the Camera Calibration panel in the development module to locate your custom profile.
Using Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.3:
Then take a photo that includes your ColorChecker Passport.
And import the image into Lightroom
Choose File – Export with Preset – ColorChecker Passport to access the Lightroom plug-in for Camera Calibration software. This plugin automates most of the process for making a custom camera profile.
Now choose a name for your profile. Make it as descriptive as possible. I prefer to write the camera model I’m profiling and the shoot name.
Note in the upper left-hand corner of the window a progress bar shows that the profile is being created. During this process, the RAW file is processed to a DNG file. Next, the ColorChecker Classic is found and the software lines up each of targets 24 colors. Finally, it evaluates what the file has recorded and creates a camera profile that allows RAW files shot on the camera to display as accurately as possible, ready for processing once the camera profile is applied.
Here is Where the Difference Begins
Once the profile has been created the plug-in will report that it’s finished. Next, Lightroom should be shut down and restarted. Any profile created while Lightroom is open cannot be seen until the program is restarted.
The camera profile is selectable in the new Profile browser on the top of the Basic Panel within the Development Module.
Click the drop-down menu and select Browse.
Now you can locate the Profiles drop-down.
When you select the custom profile it will be applied to this Raw image.
Finally, click close to return to the Development Module.
Back to the Familiar Workflow
Next, take the eye dropper and select the second patch from the white patch on the ColorChecker Classic. This action will render the file neutral. The profile and neutral or white balance are two separate actions. Even if you have done an in-camera white balance, be sure to white or neutral balance again after application of the custom profile.
To apply these settings to multiple files select them with the corrected file chosen first and then hit “Sync” in the lower right of the develop module. After the synchronize settings, a dialog box appears to deselect all the besides White Balance and Calibration to apply the custom camera profile and white balance to all the selected files.