One of our favorite tools to use when editing RAW files are Camera Profiles.
Applied as one of the first steps during post-production, they can substantially simplify your workflow and improve your images.
Let’s address the elephant in the room – not all color profiles are created equally.
Unfortunately, camera sensors capture colors differently. When shooting the same scene with the same camera settings:
- Reds captured with a Sony camera will look different to those captured by a Canon
- Greens shot with a Sony A7RIV will look different to those from a Sony A6600
- Even blues in images shot by the same camera can look different under different lighting conditions, such as in daylight compared to fluorescent lighting.
In addition, editing programs use their own profiles to convert the RAW data into an image. These profiles also present color differently, completely transforming the way images look. For example, compared to the default Adobe Color profile in Lightroom/Camera Raw, the Adobe Landscape profile adds saturation to all colors, slightly increases contrast, and renders more vibrant blues and greens.
This combination of color bias from the camera sensor and editing software can result in a base image whose colors are not true to the original scene. This inaccurate starting point can make it more challenging to adjust and refine the image depending on the look and feel you want to achieve.
What are Camera Profiles?
Camera Profiles can assist in this color dilemma by providing accurate, consistent, and true-to-life colors – regardless of the lighting conditions during the shoot or the editing software you use.
Our Master Profiles have been created using a standard color reference chart that has been photographed by each camera model under varied lighting conditions with significantly different color temperatures (i.e., in very cool and very warm light). The images have then been calibrated against the color chart and combined to obtain true-to-life color information.
The result is a general-purpose Master Profile for each camera that will produce consistent and accurate color across a wide variety of lighting conditions.
Available Camera Profiles
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – 14 USD
Canon EOS 6D – 14 USD
Canon EOS R – 14 USD
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – 14 USD
Sony A7R4 – 14 USD
Frequently Asked Questions
It is important that Master Profiles are used as one of the first steps in your editing workflow in order to obtain an accurate baseline image. We recommend your workflow starts with the following 2 steps:
- Make sure your White Balance is set correctly
- Apply the Master Profile
Then you can continue with your own workflow to adjust and refine the image as you like.
Our Master Profiles have been created using light sources that have color temperatures significantly different from each other (at each end of the Kelvin temperature spectrum), so they will perform great in most lighting situations.
In order to reproduce colors that are always perfect, a camera profile would need to be created for the specific lighting conditions at the same place and time each image was taken.
Currently the Master Profiles can be used in programs that support DNG profiles – Adobe Suite (Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, Photoshop) and Luminar 4.
No - Master Profiles will only work on RAW files (no JPEGs).
No. Each Master Profile is provided for use to a single user, and sharing is strictly prohibited. We will consider it software piracy if the file is passed to other individuals.
Unfortunately not – each Master Profile is calibrated to a specific camera model.
We will be adding additional profiles to our site on a regular basis. If you have an urgent request for a specific camera profile, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate.
As our Master Profiles are digital products that cannot be deactivated, all sales are final – we do not offer refunds, returns or exchanges.
If you are unhappy with the product for any reason, we want to know about it so please contact us at email@example.com.
Try trouble shooting with the below:
- Ensure you have placed the Master Profile file into the correct folder on your computer or MAC - this will differ according to the software program you are using (refer to Installation Instructions)
- Some software programs will also need to be restarted for them to recognise the Master Profile
- Check that you are working with RAW files – Master Profiles will not work on JPEGs
If you still cannot see your Master Profile, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the issue.
1. Place the Master Profile in the location on your computer where Adobe stores DNG profiles for Camera Raw and Lightroom:
- Mac: /Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Camera Profiles/
- PC: [C:]\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles
Note that you must set up your folder options to View Hidden Folders to be able to navigate to these paths
2. Restart your Adobe application to apply the new Master Profile
In LIGHTROOM: With an image selected go to the Develop module. In the panel on the right under Basic select the Profile pull-down menu, choose Browse and select the new Master Profile from the list. Note – for quick access in the future, click on the star located on the top right corner of the profile and it will be added to your favorites.
In CAMERA RAW: Open an image and click on the Camera icon to see the Camera Calibration tab and access the Profiles.
1. Open Luminar
2. Select the RAW file you want to edit
3. Click on the Light tab in the Essentials section
4. Under Profile click on the ‘v’ on the right side of Luminar Default
5. Click Load Custom DCP Profile
6. Select the new Master Profile and click open