Lightroom color correction for E-M5 based on 5D

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by aidanw, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. aidanw

    aidanw Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    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.

    View attachment 37795
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  2. aidanw

    aidanw Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Wellington, NZ

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

    2014-10-24 08_52_28-Lightroom.jpg
    2014-10-24 08_46_38-Lightroom.jpg
    2014-10-24 08_48_43-Bezel.jpg
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  3. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    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.
  4. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    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.
  5. klee

    klee Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2013
    Houston, TX
    great improvement. the skin tones appear better too.
  6. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    I think I will try the preset when I get back home... Thanks for sharing! :smile:
  7. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    You can also try DxO - lets you apply other camera color profiles to RAW or jpg images
  8. fsi22

    fsi22 New to Mu-43

    Oct 25, 2014
    Adobe camera profiles for em5 are terrible . Particularly Red in Natural .
  9. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    I'm very much interrested on your feedback on the colorchecker passport.
  10. SojiOkita

    SojiOkita Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2014
    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).
  11. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    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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