Lightroom color correction for E-M5 based on 5D

aidanw

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Hi all,

I have a 5D and E-M5. Both of which I love for their respective pros.

However the 5D's colors are significantly more realistic than the E-M5, particularly in:
- Landscapes with harsh lighting
- Rich greens with subtle toning
- Sunflower yellows

In those cases, I find the E-M5 to be hyper-unrealistic and a little fake.

I've taken photos with the 5D and E-M5 side by side of a color-chart type thing and then color corrected the E-M5 to behave like the 5D in the following ways:
- Green moved away from yellowish tinge towards aqua, reduced luminance
- Yellow moved towards orange, reduced luminance
- Red increased luminance

While this isn't super accurate I'm now much happier with how the E-M5 looks.

Attached is a Lightroom profile with these settings in it.

I'd welcome your feedback.
I'm using Lightroom 5.6 with a Dell 27 wide gamut monitor, and I use a spyder3pro for color calibration although the Dell was pretty good straight from the shop.

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aidanw

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Examples

Here are some examples. E-M5 using "Natural" preset in LR with RAW file.
Unedited on left, using "5D colors" on the right.

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mcasan

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Much depends on what you want in the final image. I do not do documentary photos to create an accurate historical record. My objective is to end of up with a pleasing (to me) image. So if the captured image's temp/tint is not accurate, no problem as I will likely adjust those image properties, and many others, on the way to a completed image.
 

biomed

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I recently purchased a Colorchecker Passport by X-rite. The included software works as a plugin with Lightroom. I am currently making DNG profiles for my various camera/lens combinations. This will allow accurate color/white balance when I need it. I do agree with mcasan and process my image files to end up with an image that is my interpretation of the subject.
 

fsi22

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Adobe camera profiles for em5 are terrible . Particularly Red in Natural .
 

SojiOkita

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I recently purchased a Colorchecker Passport by X-rite. The included software works as a plugin with Lightroom. I am currently making DNG profiles for my various camera/lens combinations. This will allow accurate color/white balance when I need it. I do agree with mcasan and process my image files to end up with an image that is my interpretation of the subject.
I'm very much interrested on your feedback on the colorchecker passport.
 

SojiOkita

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I tried your preset.
It's interresting, but I found the greens to be over-corrected (too much saturation, and too dark).

There are color profiles from Huelight that are quite good. (unfortunately it's not possible to test before buying).
 

biomed

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I'm very much interrested on your feedback on the colorchecker passport.
The short time I have been using it I am liking the colorchecker passport a lot. The software is easy to use and makes accurate color correction a snap. I am still doing some experimentation and am in the process of doing profiles for my cameras. I will update my impressions in a few weeks.
 
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