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How to set up Lightroom to Automatically Apply a Lens Correction To Your Imported Images

Hi, gang. This is a follow-up to Friday’s post about my new Canon lens that most definitely needs to have Lightroom’s Lens Corrections applied each and every single time, or it makes the lens just about unusable (well, without Lightroom or Photoshop or even Canon’s own DPP software fixing the Lens issues).

Anyway, here’s how to set up Lightroom so it will automatically, by default, apply the proper lens profile and chromatic aberration fixes when you use a particular camera body.

STEP ONE: Open a RAW photo using the camera and lens you want to have Lightroom auto-correct (in my case, it’s a Canon EOS R mirrorless with Canon’s new RF-mount 24-240mm f/4-f/6.3 lens). Make sure all your sliders are set to their default positions (in other words, don’t make any changes or edits to the RAW file you opened).

STEP TWO: Go to the Lens Correction panel and turn on the checkbox to ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ and turn on the ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’ checkbox, as well (as shown here). You can see it applied the profile correction for my 24-240mm lens.

STEP THREE: Go to the bottom of the Right Side panels. Hold the Option key on Mac (the Alt key on a Windows PC) and you’ll notice that the Reset button changes into the ‘Set Default’ button, shown circled above in red. Click that button.

STEP FOUR: That will bring up the ‘Set Default Develop Settings’ dialog you see above. Click on ‘Update to Current Settings’ and it sets the new defaults for your camera to automatically apply those two lens corrections (in my case, you can see in the dialog it’s going to change the defaults for how Lightroom handles images from my Canon EOS R body). That’s all there is to it. If you ever decide you just want to return to the standard Lightroom defaults, go back to this same window and click the ‘Restore Adobe Default Settings‘ button in the left corner of the dialog.

NOTE: What happens if you open an image taken with that body, but you used a different lens? Don’t worry — it won’t apply the lens correction for your 24-240mm; it would apply the appropriate lens correction for whichever lens you used (providing, of course, that Lightroom has a lens profile for that lens, which it probably does, since it has about a bajillion lens profiles built right in). In the capture above you can see how it handled the profile for the same body (my EOS R), but this image was shot using my 16-35mm f/4 lens. It just applied the proper profile.

Also, if you want more info on assigning a set of custom Lightroom default settings to your camera, check out Rob Sylvan’s excellent post here on the topic right here.

Hope you found that helpful.

Reminder: this Saturday is my Worldwide Photo Walk

It’s not too late to join a photo walk in your local city — go to WorldWidePhotoWalk.com and sign up for the walk near you, and we’ll see you this Saturday for the world’s largest social photography event. It’s fun, it’s free, and you’ll have a ball. See you on Saturday! (Well, I will if you’re in the local walk I’m leading in Chicago, anyway).

-Scott

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10 comments

  1. Jeff Davis 24 April, 2020 at 21:09 Reply

    Thanks, Jim for helping me solve this. I know it worked for me before but somehow was not working due to one of the LR updates. Scott – probably worthwhile updating this useful post!!

  2. Jim 7 March, 2020 at 16:53 Reply

    Found it!

    Under the two check boxes at the top of the Lens Corrections panel is a “Setup” dropdown. One entry is “Save new lens profile defaults”, which, if you select it, performs as advertised. There’s also a “Reset lens profile defaults”.

    So it appears the dialog one used to access via Ctrl+RESET is now just the dropdown.

  3. Jim 7 March, 2020 at 16:46 Reply

    This no longer works with LR Classic 9.2. On Windows I tried Shift, Alt, Ctrl and all possible combinations of 1, 2 or 3 keys, no luck.

  4. Pete Stretch 18 February, 2020 at 17:40 Reply

    Mmmm, nothing happens when I select Nikon Lens Profile and ticked the Remove Chromatic etc.then press Alt and Reset. Just resets. Using LR Classic 9.2

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