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Completely different color in Library and Develop (calibration not working)

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Jun 28, 2021 Jun 28, 2021

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I'm having a problem with the photos in my Lightroom's Develop looking completely different than in camera and in the Library. (Libary is the accurate one to the camera image). I have tried calibrating my Mac display and choosing an sRGB color profile but it didn't help. Interestingly, the color of photos in the Library changes to the same one as the Develop color after I open them with the Develop and they stay that way. 

It seems that the problem is the same when I open the RAW photos with Mac's Finder (the icon shows accurate colors but after opening it in the preview it becomes very contrasty).

 

Attaching screenshots to show the huge difference.


Does anyone know a solution?
(PS, I'm not very tech-savvy so would be very grateful for easy to follow instructions)

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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The reason why you see this difference is because you imported the images with 'Embedded & sidecar' selected as option for the previews. That means that the Lightroom library module will show you the embedded previews that the camera generated, and did not yet generate previews of its own. But these are edited previews and edited in different software (the camera software), so they won't match with what Lightroom does. When you open the image in the develop module, Lightroom will generate a preview based on its own raw engine. This image has not yet been exited, so that increases the difference. Once you've made edits, the library and the develop module should match, because then the library previews get updated to what you did in Lightroom.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Does this mean I have no choice but to be left with the way Lightroom renders it - having a huge difference to how my photos look in the camera and in Lightroom? It's a bit inconvenient to me as I shoot based on how I want it to look within the camera so would like it to stay that way on the computer too.

 

If I remember correctly it seems to be before there wasn't much difference in the Libary/Develop....

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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@Bogna5CF5 wrote:

Does this mean I have no choice but to be left with the way Lightroom renders it - having a huge difference to how my photos look in the camera and in Lightroom? It's a bit inconvenient to me as I shoot based on how I want it to look within the camera so would like it to stay that way on the computer too.


 

Lightroom has camera profiles that try to mimic the look of the in-camera processing. You can use that to try to get a closer match, but if you want to have an exact match then you must use the software that the camera manufacturer provides.

 


@Bogna5CF5 wrote:

If I remember correctly it seems to be before there wasn't much difference in the Libary/Develop....


 

If you generate standard-sized previews on import, then there won't be a difference. And after you have made edits there won't be a difference either, as I already explained in this sentence: "Once you've made edits, the library and the develop module should match, because then the library previews get updated to what you did in Lightroom."

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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How did you calibrate your monitor?

What is the type of your monitor?

If it is a wide gamut type, you need to calibrate it with a hardware calibration device like a Spyder or alike.

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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This has nothing to do with monitor calibration (which you should do, of course), but with embedded previews versus lightroom generated previews. See the bottom right corner of the image in the first screenshot.

 

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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The main issue has been addressed by your first answer/post, Therefore it makes no sense to write the same again (as others often do here).

However, the request of the OP sounds as there could also be an issue with the calibration or at least regarding the understanding of it. Since he is writing about calibrating the display, I wanted to make sure that all is clear with that.

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One thing to do is to set up Lightroom Classic to try to mimic your in camera settings. This works for most Nikon and Canon and many Sony cameras. In Preferences, go to presets and in the top popup (global), select "camera settings". This will automatically select a camera matching profile and attempt to read any in-camera settings and mimic those. This will only apply to new imports but for already imported images, try to select the "camera settings" preset which is present in the defaults section in the presets sidebar. This will have the same effect.

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