Ex­per­i­ment with pre­sets

Quickly ad­just colour and tone with Light­room’s easy-to-use pre­sets

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The mis­sion

Ex­per­i­ment with cam­era-pro­cess­ing pre­sets to quickly boost im­ages

Time

5 min­utes

Skill level

Be­gin­ner In­ter­me­di­ate Ad­vanced

Kit needed

Light­room 5 or later

Nikon DSLRs pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to process a pho­to­graph im­me­di­ately as they cap­ture it, us­ing a range of built-in Picture Con­trol pre­sets. These change the look of a photo’s colours and tones. For ex­am­ple, Land­scape boosts the sat­u­ra­tion of blues and greens, Por­trait gives skin a smoother look, while Neu­tral avoids boost­ing the im­age’s colour and con­trast al­to­gether.

If you shoot in JPEG for­mat, the Picture Con­trol is ‘baked’ into the file – and the ef­fect dif­fi­cult to sub­se­quently al­ter in post-pro­cess­ing. If you shoot Raw, how­ever, then the Picture Con­trol in­for­ma­tion can only be read by Nikon’s own Cap­ture NX-D soft­ware, and Light­room won’t au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the ef­fect to the im­age. But Light­room has its own cam­era-pro­cess­ing pre­sets, found un­der the Cam­era Cal­i­bra­tion panel. This panel pro­vides you with a spring­board to­wards ad­just­ing colour and tone. You can then fine-tune the re­sults of a par­tic­u­lar pre­set pro­file us­ing the slid­ers in the Ba­sic panel.

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