I have been working a lot with color (and tone) rendition in various RAW converters and I have always been a bit frustrated the LR's rendition.
Since LR is my converter of choice, I have been working on a new calibration technique to create a new profile for the D800 I'd like to share with you.
- Create a standard profile pleasing for most of the photos without any adjustment, one that can create the wow effect without messing with every slider (supposing you have something good at the begining!)
- Not to create a neutral profile
- Sublte colors, wild when needed (I have always found that Camera raw is too dull or too saturated with no subtlelty)
- Filmic tone curve with gentle highlights rolloff and enough contrast as a standard profile
- Get closer to what some people call the CCD rendition
- Get a profile that make me use it all the time and forget about the Camera Calibration panel
What I got at the moment:
- A pretty good tone curve, contrasty enough not to fiddle with the tone for every image, and which can take contrast adjustments without getting too bright or blocked in the shadows
- Subtle colors, yeah! With good skin tones. Saturated colors stay saturated.
- No more slight magenta cast of Adobe Standard or green cast of Camera Standard
- For now, a quite neutral color rendition without creative shifts
- This a a daylight profile not yet tested for incandescant light
You may download the preliminary profile here: RTH Standard v4 beta
Please let me know what you think about it!