Video – Camera Profiles for Lightroom

UPDATE (2/8/2010): I still see comments on this video so I figured I’d let you know this functionality is now included in the latest versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw. You don’t have to download anything, its not beta software or anything like that. They’re included automatically. If you don’t have them, then your camera isn’t supported or you’re trying to edit a TIFF or JPEG file.

This one has been causing quite a bit of buzz. When Adobe released Lightroom 2 (and the accompanying 4.5 update to Camera Raw) they released these camera profiles on the Adobe Labs website. In a nutshell, these profiles match the camera manufacturers color appearance of your photos. So if you’ve ever opened your photo in Nikon’s or Canon’s software and been happier with the way it looked there vs. Lightroom, then you’ll love these things. I’ll tell you all about ‘em, where to download them, and how to use them in this week’s video. Make sure you let us all know if and how they’re working out for you in the comments section here. Thanks!

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154 Comments to “Video – Camera Profiles for Lightroom”

  • Excellent video Matt thanks,

    However, It’s thrown up a question I’d like to ask.

    In my Lightroom calibration profile I’ve only got the choice of ACR4.4 or ACR 3.6 and Adobe Standard Beta 1. No camera profile details show up even though I use a Pentax K100d and Panasonic LX2 both set to capture Raw images!

    Am I doing something wrong?


    • I have lightroom 2.7 installed and I only get the choice of Adobe standard or embedded ?

      I’ve installed camera profiles beta 2 + DNG profile editor

      but still nothing? WHat can I do? Please help.

      I have a nice new leica m9 and really want to get the very best out of it

  • Finally! – to bad they only made them available for LR2 and not LR. Thanks Matt

  • There don’t seem to be any profiles available other than ACR 4.3, 4.4 and Adobe Standard Beta 1 for RAW files (.ARW) coming out of a Sony Alpha 100… Would anyone be able to confirm this, please?



  • I have been waiting forever to find out about the camera profiles, as I had heard about it when it was being released. Then when I went to the calibration section, it was the same.. Now we finally know.. Matt thanks a bunch.. this will be great.

  • Have a Fuji S5, the standard setting appears to make my people portaits way too red/magenta. Particularly the guys, lighter skinned gals, less so.

    Other than this, everything else seems ok. Whites stay white.

    • Hallo, do anyone have profiles for Fuji S3 or S5? And can someone help me how to instal it to LR3? How to instal video doesn’t work…

  • I love the idea of camera profiles. I just wish Adobe would have made Canon profiles to match the look of Canon Raw Image Task as well as Digital Photo Professional. (RIT is more true to out-of-the camera JPEGs.)

  • Loving this matt. thanks as always! you just made my day.

    I will be using develop settings in the import screen from now on (and choosing my camera calibration presets). Never had a use for this until now.

  • There is another useful way to set your preferred camera profile so that it applies to all newly imported images by default: Select the desired profile and press the option key. The Reset button changes to “Set Default …” – now the profile is applied on import or you can apply it to images already in your catalog by pressing the Reset button.

  • I’ve read that you can apply, say, the nikon vivid pic control to your canon raw files but what you show in the video is that the calibration drop down options only list what match the camera manufacturer of the picture.
    Is there a way to apply other manufacturers profiles?
    Surely there must be as the editor allows you to create profiles, so is there an import profile or something?

  • Matt-Can i use a nikon’s vivid profile on my canon’s RAW or a JPEG that all the profiles are available, why not provide this option?I mean i am not sure whether this feature exists, but i love nikon’s colors more than canon’s.that is why i want that feature-any answers?

  • I don’t understand why there is no way for LR2 to read the “As Shot” profile that was assigned by the camera, and then automagically apply that setting in the Develop Module. This would be similar to choosing “As Shot” as the default White Balance setting. I still want to be able to change it manually, but I want to use the setting from the camera as my default starting point.

    • I totally agree. I am very suprised ADOBE has not figured that out. Or maybe “they don’t want to” becauce they want everyone to use thier own LR software. Would make my life much easier! The only this I have heard of is the Camer Callibration w/ Camera Serial number
      Please let me know if here here of anything different .

  • What’s the chnace of adobe engineers providing prests for those of us who use Olympus (E3) dslr?

  • I must be doing something wrong. I am using LR 2.0 and I installed the profiles — and checked that they did indeed install, but all that shows up is “Embedded”. That is all I have ever had visible, something I had wondered about but not paid much attention to.

  • I installed the camera profiles and they do not show up. ONly embedded is listed. What can I do to make the camera profiles active?

  • If I had stopped to think about it. The word RAW should have been the key word. It does function on RAW files.


  • I have just installed them und it works for my canon raws perfectly.
    But I’m not sure which profile (ACR 4.4, Adobe Standard Beta, Canon Standard) I like best. For my eyes they are just different. I can’t say the Canon profile is better than the Adobe one or vice versa.

  • I use the Nikon profiles and really like them. Since these are a Beta version, what happens to the beta profiles people already use for weeks when the final versions are released? Keep up the good work. LR2 is awesome. Looking forwarad to HDR and stitching in LR some day.

  • Matt, I had all the software installed correctly, but DID NOT know that you had to select the profile from the list. I had chosen the beta 1 pick. I was puzzled because opening the (Nikon) files still showed the camera profiled image quickly was changed to the duller LR profiled image. Thanks for clearing it up!

  • Good one Matt. Like Swanny there is too much choice but I’ll get used to it. A very useful feature.

    George, don’t wait for HDR, do what Matt said and use Photomatix, it is really good. Just don’t get too heavy handed with the controls……like most people like to do. Export Tiff from LR, do the Photomatix thing and save and re-import into LR for final editing. Too easy.
    The Captain.

  • Matt, Thank you so much for sharing this new capability. I have referred to you as a guide that helps us find the treasures. Appreciate you walking us through the download and how to load the presets. You made it so easy that even I could do it. Works great. Thanks, Paul

  • I’m loving this! Good start, I can say it is very accurate from the original. Now I feel more confident with my photos because now Lightroom won’t mess with my colors like it used before! Wow, I have no words to describe how I feel about this (yes I’m crazy). Thank you very much! The best killer tip of the year!

  • Been using these since I picked up LR2 and they’re great. I don’t find myself flipping through them much as part of the develop process though.

    Shooting with my D80 I’ve always had it in Mode II color mode because its most pleasing to me, and I think it translates well onto the LCD when i’m chimping. I never really minded the preview shifting on bringing it up in LR, but with the new Profiles I’ve added the selection to my preset run on import [along with clarity boost, sharpening tweak, etc]. So far its worked pretty well, and may have cut some develop time, though I can’t say it has for sure and I think the particular profile can feel a bit saturated at times to me.

  • Why they leave Olympus out :-?

  • Wait a minute! I thought we were all to convert to dng?

    When we import to LR2 and convert to .dng, this is all wasted right? Am I missing something?

  • Canon shooter, LR2 owner less than a week, new convert to RAW and converting all to .DNG….. Wow–this was incredibly easy to download. You know the “i swear this looked better in real-life” feeling you sometimes get when you look at your pics–that may go away-or at least not be a camera/software translation problem anymore. Thank you for the video… always you’re a great source of info in a clear concise way.

  • So many choices now! Thanks for the lesson. It was easy to follow your instructions and see the results! Thanks a bunch.

  • Matt,

    I tried these camera profiles and they worked well, but the weird thing is they only worked with camera raw and not with Lightroom 2. They didn’t even appear in Lightroom 2. And also in Camera Raw there was now ACR 4,3 but instead ACR 3,3. Did anyone experience that Problem and has a solution?

    BTW: I’m using a Nikon D300


  • I first used the new profiles (LR2 and the beta profiles) on Tiger Lily photos from my Pany FZ8. The RAW files with 4.4 were too orange and it frustrated me that I could not get it close to the excellent incamera orangey-red JPEGS. But with the Profiles it really brought out the REDS. I noticed this more recently with some red maples leaves (early fall in NH?) … the new Profiles did a much better job making the the red I remember them being, while the older ACR4.4 made them too orange. The difference was subtle, but obvious as I clicked back and forth.

    Peter F.

  • Hi Alex,
    if when in LR and a non-DNG photo is selected in the Develop module the Camera Calibration will show “Profile: Embedded” only. Selecting a DNG file in the module makes the Calibration options change to all the profiles for your camera. Maybe that was it?

  • I’m finding that skin tones from my Canon 30D raw files end up far too red and lacking in yellow with the new “Adobe Standard beta 1″ profile. This coincides with what Mark Hansen indicated above with his Fuji S5.

    To my eye, ACR 4.4 looks far more natural. Is anyone else seeing this?

  • Hi Matt,
    Great suggestion and video as usual. It’s working fine with our Nikon RAW files. There is a download there at Adobe for dng. Just below the one for Camera profiles. Should we be taking that one also? What is that all about?

  • Hi BH,

    I have to agree with you. I own a Canon 30D. The skin tones with Adobe Standard beta 1 are red. What do you think for the Camera Standard beta 1 ? I think it’s close to natural.

  • Wow! What a difference! Thanks a lot for a great tip!

  • Does anyone know if this will work when taking pictures in JPEG?

  • Great video Matt, it answered the questions I still had with these profiles. Thanks!

  • Hey Matt;

    Thanks for all the killer tip’s. I all ready knew about the camera calib’s but enjoy the little extra info you add.


  • Matt, WOWOWO, unbelievable. You have helped me so much in many ways and this is fantastic.
    Exactly how you said to do it.
    For those people who said it doesn’t show up in LR2, you have restart LR2.

  • Thanks for the the Tip Matt. I can’t imagine using one of these settings very often but it’s nice to know they`re available.


  • “Why they leave Olympus out ”

    What is Canon’s market share? What is Nikon’s? What is Olympus? Adobe’s engineers are going to put their time where the market is, and the market is owned by Canon and Nikon.

  • Thanks Matt, I’ve been using these for a week or two and have found that they are a lot better than the ACR for the images from my 40D.

  • Matt,
    I am a newbee to Adobe Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS3. I was
    searching the net looking for instructions and came across your lessons. I liked
    your presention. Do you have a video that will cover all of instructions for
    Lightroom 2 and/or Photoshop CS3. If not what are good reamedial books?

  • Matt K-ski,
    I am new to Adobe Lightroom. I’ve been following your killer tips for a while now and love them.

    Most recently I noticed my export files lack the color and saturation of the RAW file previews in Lightroom. Am I doing something wrong, or is there a option I’ve missed?


  • Matt,

    Thanks so much for the video. I d/l’ed the profiles last week but didn’t understand them so they went unused for the photowalk. I’m stoopid that way.

    Anyhow, I got a handle on how to use ‘em and I’ve got my presets made with some sharpening & clarity thrown in. They’re gonna come in right handy at import.

    Hey man, thanx again for the tutorial, and most especially, thanx for everything you do for us!


  • What’s interesting is viewing RAW images in LR2 with the new profiles side-by-side with the same image in the camera’s native viewer (ViewNX in my case for Nikon). The two are strikingly similar when selecting corresponding picture styles – really quite amazing how great a job Adobe did here. They may not be exact but they are so close that you really have to know color or be exceptionally picky to be concerned. Matt, this kind of comparison would have really drove the point home on your otherwise excellent (as always) tutorial.

  • Thank you so much ! It’s look much better when using those profiles !

  • Great that they finally pushed this through!

    From the moment I noted that the colors in Lightroom were not the same as the ones in DPP from canon (using EOS 400D) I abandoned lightroom 1.
    Now that they implemented these color profiles I am again a big fan of Lightroom as it is so much faster to work with than DPP.

    Thanks to the lightroom team that implemented this, but I wonder why they cannot implement it in lightroom 1 in the first place.


  • Camera profiles sealed the deal for me and I just purchased LR 2. It’s amazing how quickly I became hooked on them once I bought my D300.

  • Ok, WOW. I am preparing to enter an amateur photo competition and had a beautiful mountain shot. The colors didn’t pop like they did in person. I have a Canon 40D and I shot in RAW. Downloaded the profiles according to the instructions in the video. When I applied the Landscape Profile – POP. A few little tweaks with clarity and vibrance and WOW!!

    Thank you for the tip!! It was killer for me!


  • when i first saw this boy what i excited!!!! no more greenish kids. but it does not work for my Pentax it seems.

    too bad i cant use canon’s!!!!!! a friend download it for her Canon and boy WHAT a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am insanely jealous

    guess i will keep fixing it it manually for now. :-(

  • Thanks for explaining this on the video. You uncomplicated something that looked complicated on Adobe’s site. I downloaded them and started using them. They’re awesome on my Nikon files!

  • Hi Matt…thanks for the great video! I downloaded the profiles and noticed the change, but all I see come up is ACR 4.3…I don’t get any of the other options…checked on the Adobe support pages as well and not sure what I’m doing wrong – they’re definitely RAW files…

    In either event, keep up the great work!

  • Looks pretty good and works just fine with the canon of my girlfriend but it seems that this beta version doesn’t support many camera manufacturers (only canon / nikon it seems to me). I hope there will be support for Sony / Minolta etc. too in the final version.

  • Thanks Matt – This is a real timesaver !
    rock on !!!

  • Just to answer a question further up in the comments, no the camera profiles do not work on JPEGs. That’s because when you get a JPEG out of the camera, it has already had the selected profile applied to the raw data. So they work OK on RAW or DNG files, but not on JPEGs. Actually I thought Matt might have clarified that in the video :-)

  • I’ve install the profiles but i can see them under Camera Calibration,
    The only think i see is
    Profile : Embedded, Why

  • Thank you so much for this information! I don’t have Lightroom 2.0, but the settings do work with CameraRaw through Photoshop CS3. I’ve never liked the straight NEF images from my camera, and have always had to do a lot of work to make the images look good to me. The camera calibration setting make a great image almost without having to do any other changes in Camera Raw/Photoshop. Thanks to the Adobe engineers for making this available to us.

  • Like the others, the only thing I see is embedded?? Please help.

  • i also found the “too red” issue.

    my camera is canon 5d. by using portrait (and other) presets from the beta profile, the image becomes too reddish… i have to tune it down using color balance slider.

  • Looking good, but mostly looking forward to some additional profiles… have you heard about Pentax… :o
    All I get is a an Adobe Standard Beta 1 and not much of a change from the original Pentax 1.0 version…

  • ‘ me thinks the profiles are file specific, use Cannon raw see cannon use nikon see nikon, use a fuji you just get Acr’s and Standard Beta…
    I thats my take on it, good tip and heads up thought thanks 4 that…
    from over the pond GB

  • Thanks for the excellent work on the video. Shame that Pentax don’t appear to be supported yet.

  • What a great feature!

    I’ve installed these and am using them as import presets. That way my photos come in with D300 standard.

    Big improvement over the Lightroom default. Thanks, Matt!

  • With my Canon G9 shooting raw I only get the Adobe standard beta 1 profile. However, with my Canon D10 I get 6 profiles. Can you explain please.

    Thank you for your informative information.


  • Matt,

    I already installed the profiles a while ago. Because I have different subject with different lighting conditions, I’m still ‘struggling’ to find the right profile for each subject/situation.

  • Hi Matt,

    thx for the tip… Itīs really timesaving…

  • Hi there,

    Canon 5D shooter here. The camera profiles appears to be adding chromatic aberration in several of my pictures.

    See before:


    Anyone else have this problem? Maybe it’s just the shoot?


  • Hi Matt! I tried this on and it is amazing!
    I shot a few days ago some pictures of our open MRI System with ambilight. And as I looked at my photos I was quite disappointed as the colored lights were burnt out even with best exposure, flash HDR and so on like that

    Then i tried the Standard profile and -tatataaaahhhh!!!! Smooth light, perfect detail, no burnt out color. Amazing!!!!

    See here:

    Now I can get to work to apply it to my good shots which I like to present to the public.

    Thanks a lot!!!

  • LR 2.0 does not load/recognize any of my icc profiles for my epson r1800 printer. PS CS3 has all of them, and I can print on any paper to my epson, but when I’m in LR print module, nothing shows up but one HP profile that I don’t use.

  • Matt…
    Thanks for these calibrations…they are great. I have used them several times in Lr2 and PSCs3…

    Again thanks for a great video…alway great…


  • Thanks Matt .. that makes things very clear. I’m a Nikon chooter, and lover of CNX2, but purchased LR2 to help make my workflow a bit quicker. I’ve been really unhappy because of the way Adobe tended to drop all my wonderful Nikon settings, both in CRS3 & LR2, before downloading these presets.

    I don’t find the colors exact, but close enough. But I have 2 questions. I sometimes shoot Standard with a saturation level of 2 … do I set my calibration in LR2 to Standard, and then pump up the saturation in each color channel to 2? This comes close, but again only approximates what my CNX2 shows. Is there another way to do this?

    Also … LR2 does not capture my in-camera white balance in the As Shot mode … is there any way to do a preset of something that approximates what I get in-camera/on CNX2?


  • I have installed the download and all I see in my calibration window on any photo is “embedded”. What am I doing wrong?

  • @Jim
    It only works on RAW file; for jpg or other formats lightroom can only read the embedded colour profiles and hence can’t make the changes.

  • Hi Matt,

    Thanks for pointing out the camera profiles! I was not aware of them. I have been struggling with whether to use RAW or JPEG because of this very issue. However, after some quick test with the new camera profiles, I must SAY I am kind of disappointed. It still doesn’t get close to what the JPEG looks like. In fact, I found that the “D200NX” presets created by Lars Gotfredsen at creates a much better picture. Of course this is subjective and I only work on a small sample. The downside to Lars’s preset is that it will affect the hue and saturation sliders, whereas the Adobe one doesn’t. Oh well… I will have to keep taking both the JPEG and RAW until Adobe can get it right…

  • Matt – These camera profiles are really helpful. I’ve put LR1 snapshots on some of my best photos, and then gone back to the Imported or Cropped imaged, and then applied a camera profile and the LR preset landscape sharpening — and I was already 90% done! 2 settings replacing 6-12 settings & adjustments before! Once these shots were 100% done, I did a “Y” for before & after, and the differences are significant. The time savings x the improvements + a grad filter or adjustment brush here & there — OMG, I feel like I’m working with LR 4.0 in comparison to what we could only do in LR1! And BTW, the grad filter & adjustment brush alone are worth the cost of LR2! Not to speak of the creative time saved during a shoot, when we can compose and capture images, instead of messing with grad filters! It feels like the digital darkroom has now really come of age.

  • I looked at the video on 9-3-08, downloaded the profiles, tried them out
    right away, and like you was very pleased with the results. Very easy to download and use. Also downloaded and use the other presets you had
    for downloading. Thanks for your good tips.

  • Matt, thanks a bunch for bringing these to our attention! Since installing them for LR2, my starting point for image editing is looking much better.

  • Installed the camera profiles and “Camera Portrait beta 1″ for the Canon 5D is making skin look way too red. Actually there seems to be a redish tint to all the Canon 5D profiles. I believe another user with Fuji camera had the same problem.

  • For those that are only seeing “Embedded” as a profile. This is because you are looking at a JPG where the profile is basically “baked in” by the camera. The profiles only work on RAW and yes, DNG files as well.

    I tested these against the same images opened in NX2 and they are really close. Not an exact match, but a really good approximation.

    It was enough to pull me back to Lightroom. Good job Adobe!

  • Matt,

    If you could put in a good word for those of us who shoot with Pentax :-)

  • Hi

    I wonder if these presets substitute the calibration presets I made with my cameras with the gretag color chart? I used AcrCalibrator (which works in Photoshop) from ‘chromoholics’ for that.
    How accurate are these profiles? Canon’s Digital Photo Professional is well known for its fantastic skin tones. I haven’t tested it yet with my pictures but do we really get these colors in LR now?

    Thanks for this great site!

  • Hi,
    Do we just see different colours in lightroom with these presets and then when jpgs are exported they go back to looking like they did before? Is there any actual advantage, apart from feeling a bit better when looking at the shots on screen and they look a bit more pleasing? The shape of the histogram is changing between presets.
    Also, when it says ‘Camera D2X’ – Is it wrong to assume that this is for a D2X and not a D3, which I am shooting on?
    Sorry but I am a bit confused!

  • First class video, and obviously enthused many to use the new profiles. Maybe time to start encouraging Adobe to include a conversion element for v. high ISO noise in their next version. All the recent Nikon SLRs are offering outstanding RAW files at previously unheard of ISOs, and View/CaptureNX is converting them, using the Nikon secret sauce, far more effectively than even the new Lr profiles. Two years ago, few would have imagined shooting at ISO 6400. Today it is an every day – or night – occurrence with the D3. And where that leads, the rest will soon follow.

  • Is this for Nikon only? I’m a Canon users

  • Thanks for the calibration info Matt.. What a huge difference – and a very nice place to start as well…

    -Rick O – CT

  • Matt: After downloading the profiles I tried the Faithful for the Canon canera and boy did that make a word of difference not only in the background color cast but skin tone. I unfortunately had to shoot in high noon daylight but also in a forest where the green color overtook the image. But the profile changed all that and I have less work to do on the pictures.
    Thanks for the update.

  • Matt,
    Thank you very much for the video on the profiles. However, I would like to know something about the flower used as an example. Was it shot outside in available light and if so, how do you get the lighting to look so soft and even across the entire photo? Thank you for any time you can afford towards a reply!

    Greg Zenitsky
    Lee’s Summit, MO

  • Hi,
    Thanks for the excellent video.
    This is an improvement respect to the old situation, but still is not satisfying. My jpg’s in camera or with Canon DPP are still better than LR using the profiles. LR does not read the camera settings and even tweaking around it is difficult to get nice colors as you get in DPP or jopg.
    It is an step in the right sdirestion but I guess is not that easy to mimic other manufacturer experience in converting and interpreting raw data

  • I too only get “embedded” HELP
    What do I need to do to see what I installed?

  • is anyone having trouble loading profiles. i can’t get the file to unzip and load.

  • Difference in colours and vibrancy was noticed immediately. Sometimes I find that the presets are all that really need tweaking. Thanks for the tip.

  • Mat,

    You said that using a camera profile affects just the apperance of the image on the screen. Then, if I print an image twice, one with a particular profile, and the other one with a different one, the printed result would look the same ????

    Thanks !


  • Matt -

    I installed the camera profiles, but they are not showing up in lightroom. This works for DNG and NEF files, correct? I have a new D90, so I downloaded the new ACR 4.6 beta, and installed the Lightroom 2.1 release candidate. Could that be why they are not showing up? Or is it because the D90 is a new camera? Sorry, just not quite sure why I’m not seeing the profiles.


  • I’ve encountered the same problem as Kevin.


  • What is the trick to make my let say Canon to show for example Nikon profile?

  • I installed the Nikon profiles. But, they don’t seem to work. They are showing up in the user presets and not under the Camera Calibration Module.

  • All I get is “embedded” too. Would appreciate some help. Thanks

  • I spent a couple of hours last night trying to install the Camera Profiles.
    The download and installer ran just fine. However, when I start LR2.1 and
    go to ‘Develop/Camera Calibration’, I have only ACR 4.6 displayed as the
    only choice. I have yet to see ‘Adobe Standard’. Is it possible ‘Camera Profiles’ will not install with LR2.1/ACR 4.6? The documentation states:
    LR2.0/LR2.1 and ACR 4.3 OR LATER. HELP!

  • Update: I’m pretty sure the current beta version of ‘Camera Profiles’
    does not include the D90. I’ll try to prove that tonight.

  • It’d be really nice if this video had a recognisable extention, Matt

    I have save this file, rename the .m4v extention to .mp4 and then try and play it… sheesh! What happend to just having it play directly in the browser?

  • Yes it appears the Camera Profiles do not ‘talk’ to the D90 NEFs. With
    a D90 NEF ACR 4.6 is the only Camera Calibration choice. However,
    D70, D80, and D300 NEFs all have ‘Adobe Standard’ plus several other
    choices in a drop down menu..

  • I just read about these profiles in the latest PSU in the Lightroom section. Of course I was eager to get on board, especially after watching the video. When I tried to access the download profiles page, I was put off because the site is unavailable. Any word on when these profiles will be back up…or if they will?

  • Matt…love the profiles…but….I just purchased the Nikon D90 and have had to update ACR to 4.6…is there any profiles for this version? Thanks. Frank

  • I hadn’t noticed this problem in LR 1.4 until last week when I shot a bunch of fall foliage. I was out looking for a specific shade of orange — which I found and shot — but then when I got home, that orange turned into yellow in LR 1! I was very confused when I opened up the same Nikon D80 RAW file (.NEF) in the Nikon NX software and it looked correct.
    Anyhow, I tested these beta profiles last night with LR 2 and it worked right away! I now see exactly the same colours in LR 2 as I see in my Nikon NX software. Thanks Matt!

  • I would like to know how i can uninstall the profiles if i wanted too.

  • After a bit of searching on DNG profiles, I came across this article. Excellent explanation of installing and using the camera profiles. I’ve been using Photoshop and Lightroom for a while, and decided to give Nikon Capture NX 2.1. I don’t care for its interface or performance, but I noticed immediately that images appeared just as I expected from the Camera. I always needed to do work in ACR to get what I was expecting. This is just what I needed to get the RAW images I expected out of the camera, while continuing to take advantage of the Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and options. Thank you for helping me make the most of my D90.

  • That is a very useful piece of information.

    I was considering to move back to shooting JPG since shooting RAW is too much bother with little reward.
    Using these profiles makes using RAW that much easier. Also, it makes me glad I haven’t converted all my old photos from RAW to JPG!


  • Matt,

    When I installed the camera profile and open LR2 it doesn’t appear in the Camera Callebration tab. What am I not doing? I can’d find where it is installed on my Mac. Thanks, love your videos.


  • found it…was working on jpeg…works on NEF. Thanks

  • Mark me down as another who has installed the camera profile file but can’t find them as working or available in the Calibration tab; I have LR 2.1 and CR 4.6 on a PC laptop

  • Never mind; I had a jpeg selected but not a raw file. Sorry to bother.

  • Well, I have to say the profiles do make a difference, but I am wondering if they are universal in the sense that they are equally applicable to the D3 as they are the D90. I have not seen D3 mentioned in any discussion of the profiles.

  • Please revisit this topic. (and delete old info if necessary)
    Video refers to a changed web pages and ACR 4.6 has no apparent support for camera profiles (As far as I can figure out . . .)
    I found a camera profile zip file, but no installer is with it as far as I can see.

  • Oh, FANTASTIC. This is the most exciting thing I’ve learned all week (and I’ve been catching up on a lot of podcasts). I never understood why my RAW files usually had “the wrong” colors; I thought it was something inherent in the RAW format. Now I can delete all those JPEGs I’ve been hanging on to when I couldn’t adjust the RAW images to match the JPEGs I prefer.


  • I downloaded your 2X2 preset onto my LR print module successfully. However, I am not able to download it to my develop module. I have downloaded the lomo effects onto my develop module but it will not load onto the other modules. What am I doing wrong, please help! Thanks in advance.

    PS: I like the font of your name Matt on the 2X2 preset, what is it?

  • Hey Matt, I’m really diggin’ the idea of the camera profiles. I shoot on a 40d and REALLY love the Monochrome setting but am forced to shoot RAW plus JPEG to preserver the monochrome effect. Can you talk with Adobe and ask them if they would make a Monochrome setting?

  • The Canon profiles are fine if you use Digital Photo Professional. I prefer to use the EOS Viewer Utility with my 20D, however, that accurately translates the in-camera settings for saturation, contrast, etc. None of the profiles in Lightroom match what I see in the EOS Viewer Utlility, which I find superior to DPP and LR. Sucks.

  • I also have the same problem with Monochrome Setting in RAW as mentioned above. Shooting on D90 and really enjoy Black and White, but, when I take my images onto my computer (mac) I find that Lightroom/photoshop/aperture/finder do not recognise the Monochrome Camera setting. The funny thing is that my images initially appear as being Mono but then the preview is updated and they end up in colour. HELP?!?!?

  • Yes, the camera profiles are great. Still, I don’t quite understand why LR/Camera Raw can’t just have an option to read the applied profile from the RAW files directly.
    This would require some effort to deal with all the different RAW formats that are out there, but so does developing camera profiles.
    Doe anyone know more about the reason behind all this?

  • hi there, i’ve followed the instructions to install but i didn’t see any camera profiles except for ‘Embedded’ only. is there anything wrong?

  • What would account for the very MINOR differences I see with these profiles? When I read how thrilled others are at the difference, it suggests something’s out of line on my end given that I typically see only minor and largely immaterial changes when I alter my profiles. What’s up with that?

  • I have downloaded all the camera calibration files and installed them. They are not showing up in my Lightroom 2.3 program. Maybe my computer saved them to the wrong folder. Will this automatically load into the Lightroom folder? Or is it because I am shooting a Sony 350 and Lightroom does not support my dng files?


  • I think it’s a camera support thing Tom. Also, you shouldn’t have to download the camera profiles anymore. Just get the latest LR update and they’re included.


  • One of the best tips I have heard. It was really annoying having that orange cast in all my RAWs.

    Thank you very much Mattk !!! You have saved me. Know raws are what they were supposed to be.


  • Sounds great…but the link is not working…just genreates an HTML doc and no video. New to LR (and my D300) and just completely overwhelmed right now…but the videos here have been a great way to learn. Thanks for all the help.

  • My Camera profiles are still listed as Beta in Lightroom 2. Any ideas anyone?

  • Hi Matt,
    In my haste to get the camera profiles into LR I didn’t realize I already had them as part of LR 2.3 so I now have both beta and non beta versions. Is there any way to get rid of the beta profiles?

  • I found out how to remove the beta profiles on the Adobe Lightroom forums.

  • Hi,
    Help, there are no cameras listed in my Camera Calibration tab. I’ve downloaded the latest version, Lightroom 2.4 and verified that the camera profiles are located in the correct folder for Windows XP, C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles\Camera. Can anyone tell me what I’ve doing wrong?


  • very helpful thanks muchly….

  • Can’t view your Camera Profiles video, above. It starts to download, then the speed drops to zero. May be a server maintenance period? It 11:03pm EST, in Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009.

    Would love to check out the video.. is it on Youtube or anywhere else?

  • I have Lightroom 2.4 and don’t even see a Camera Calibration tab in the Develop Module. Where is it? I am fairly new to LR, but I have watched the Matt’s entire training series on, so I am quite familiar with the program. Someone please help! thanks!

  • Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  • My lightroom profile calibration area has only the word “embeded” as well. Anybody know how to fix this issue?

  • The profile information listed in the Camera Calibration section are camera specific meaning LR will pull info based on which camera you shot the image with.

  • Do we really still need these old beta profiles ? Are they now not included in LR2.6 as final profiles versions ?

  • As far as I can tell they are still needed – LR 2.6 didn’t include it for me. Made a huge difference though, thanks for the fantastic tip!

  • I’m having big problems. My lightroom photos look horrible compared to what I captured originally on the camera. The colors are washed out and colder, I seem to lose a lot of color dynamic and I was hoping this camera matching update would help but the difference is barely noticeable from the acr 4.6. I’m running Windows 7 on a LCD laptop, and configuring the color with the given windows configurer doesn’t help much to bring back the true color I see on my camera. Please help if someone has experience with this…

  • That was a really helpful video, got rid of a major headache! Cheers, John

  • Hi Matt,
    thanks for the helpful video.
    I’m facing a small problem, That if I edit one of the profiles in my camera, like increasing the color tone (in my canon 5D) which makes the skin more yellow, that gives it a nice tan tone, it doesn’t appear in the camera profile in LR. So, is there any way that I can import a profile from Canon Digital Photo Professional application to LR ?

  • I have managed to install the profiles twice with apparently two versions. The second didn’t uninstall the first. I how have, for example “camera portrait” and “camera portrait beta 1″, for each of the profiles. There doesn’t appear to be an uninstaller. Any idea how to get rid of the duplicates? Thanks.

    • Never mind. I just found the tip on removing duplicates.

      • Bill or anyone else….
        I am having the same issue. Wher or what is the tip for removing duplicates?

  • Matt; you are exactly correct. These camera calibration settings are terrific. Well done video.

  • If anybody is still reading this, I don’t get how to install them so that they show in the Camera Calibration. Of course I can import them into the left pane as a user generated preset, but how to get them into the right pane to camera calibration?
    It is not explained in the video…

  • I just can’t believe ADOBE would release software that does not upload what you shoot. On my Canon 50D I use the 3 USER Pitcture Styles that you can create yourself….What is the use ? This is application for uploads the Normal Picture Styles. One of mine on my camera is +1 Saturation and +2 my Contrast, +1 Sharpness in my camera under Standard. And it doesn’ even recognize it. Uggggg!!!!!
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Unitl then, maybe something Adobe 4 can be working on in the meantime.

    • Hi RCA – It’s actually not Adobe’s fault. Its your camera manufacturer. They’re putting “non-raw” information into your raw file and they keep all of that stuff proprietary so other software companies can’t do anything with it. The end game is for them to get you to use their software instead.
      Plus, Adobe is doing what they should. They’re showing you the Raw photo. That’s what raw is. No changes, digital negative, right out of the camera.
      If you want your Saturation and pictures styles applied, you can always shoot in JPEG or Raw+JPEG. JPEG bakes that stuff right into the file so you will see it.

      Hope that helps.

      • Thank you Matt. I saw that that is the only way to see my “pre-processed” image.
        Thank you again. Love you videos!!

  • So are they similar or actually taken from the camera?
    Or well… maybe taken from the RAWs if they’re loaded into the files.

    Also, how can I get my custom Picture Styles into Lightroom.
    Even with Canon’s Picture Style Editor it tells me it uses a custom User Profile and will be loaded with ‘Standard’…

  • It’s the one telltale sign that we’ve “faked” this image.

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