RAW shooters may not be aware that when you shoot RAW and picture style or profile assigned on your doesn’t apply to your RAW image. Applications such as Photoshop Lightroom, will disregard this information when the photograph is imported into your computer. You may see the result in the LCD on your camera which looks good but that’s because the preview in the Camera LCD is JPEG version of the photo you’ve taken. So there is already some sharpening, colour correction, vibrance etc applied to this photo.
But when you get back to your computer and download the photos in Photoshop Lightroom, you will see that they look a bit flat or not as good as they did on the back of the camera. Lightroom has ignored this information when the photo was imported because you shot in RAW.
- Navigate to the Develop Module in Photoshop Lightroom
- Scroll down to the Camera Calibration settings panel
- Select the appropriate Profile for your Photograph. You don’t have to assign Landscape to Landscape shots only, try all the options and see what you like.
- You can then use the Sync button to apply the profile to multiple images
Using these profiles already gives you a good starting point before starting to work on the image. Sometime you may not even need to tweak the image further. Check it out yourself and see the result.
For JPEG shooters these profiles should be applied from within the Camera and they become part of the JPEG file created so you don’t need to adjust the Camera Calibration setting of your photo once in Photoshop Lightroom.