RAW - how to retain original color?( changed after loading into Lightroom?)

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Steven, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Why do colors change after files are in Lightroom? Are the camera settings, like custom White balance ignored ? Is there a way to retain that info? It can be so frustrating that I am almost considering shooting Jpeg . Camera is Gx7.
    Thank you .
  2. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    LR ignores jpeg conversion settings (mode, saturation, contrast, effects, etc.). To convert raw file exactly as camera does you need to use Olympus Viewer converter (for Olympus raw files).
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  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
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    Much of the data is proprietary, and if you are shooting raw files, some settings are ignored or can at least be changed in LR, and that is a good thing. Many folks prefer to shoot raw and select a program that allows them the freedom to post process as to how they want their images to look. It can take a bit of practice to get the hang of this workflow, but many prefer it. There are some Adobe presets that you might find helpful, but again it is a matter of personal taste. If LR is not your cup of tea, I would recommend another converter before switching to jpeg files if you are interested in post processing your files. Jpeg files are much harder to adjust as their settings are baked into the files.

    Good luck,

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  4. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL
    No two different RAW converters can produce identical results. The RAW converter in the camera, which produces the in-camera display, the saved JPEGs, and the JPEG previews embedded into the RAW files used Panasonic's own proprietary code.

    Adobe has their own conversion engine which can't produce identical results even if it read the embedded camera settings from the RAW's metadata. In most cases, Lr reads the camera's data for color balance, but other settings (e.g. sharpness, contrast, saturation, ...) can't be effectively used and are thus ignored.

    If you want the default results from your computer based RAW converter to closely match the in-camera JPEGs then you have to use software supplied through the camera manufacturer that uses the manufacturer's proprietary code or is at least highly turned to render a close approximation. For you Pany GX-7, you might consider either using SilkyPix as supplied by Panasonic or work up a Preset in Lr that mimics your pet camera settings and have that applied during Lr's Import. Such Presets can be handy and there results can always be tweaked on an image by image basis later.
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Since you are using Panasonic, you'll need to use the supplied Silkypix software if you want to retain in camera settings.
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  6. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    The colors you see are previews derived by the raw converters in the camera, in the OS (in the case of Mac OS) or in the app (in the case of LR). There is no right or wrong. Create an import preset in LR to delivers the image preview you like. If color is critical use a calibrated monitor and if printing check and adjust the printer calibration.