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How can I stop Lightroom from automatically editing my newly imported pictures? It seems to be at least changing the temperature on each of my photos.

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Jan 01, 2016 Jan 01, 2016

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I've just started using Lightroom on the free trial and it seems to be automatically editing all the photos I have imported. I want to stop it from adjusting anything at all. At the very least it is automatically adjusting the temperature. I am importing photos shot in raw and jpg. Any thoughts on how to stop Lightroom from automatically editing my photos? Cheers.

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LEGEND , Jan 01, 2016 Jan 01, 2016

Lightroom has default settings built into it for every camera. You can change those default settings by adjusting everything to the way you want it on a newly imported image. Then you can save new camera defaults. Alternatively, you will find under the general Lightroom presets one called "Zeroed" which will set everything to a neutral value. You could apply that preset to one of your newly imported images and then save new camera defaults if that is how you want your images to be imported.

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Jan 01, 2016 Jan 01, 2016

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Lightroom has default settings built into it for every camera. You can change those default settings by adjusting everything to the way you want it on a newly imported image. Then you can save new camera defaults. Alternatively, you will find under the general Lightroom presets one called "Zeroed" which will set everything to a neutral value. You could apply that preset to one of your newly imported images and then save new camera defaults if that is how you want your images to be imported.

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Jan 02, 2016 Jan 02, 2016

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Keep in mind that if you're shooting in Raw, and your camera is set for Auto White Balance, then Lightroom will apply the white balance setting to "as shot" for your images.

During the import process, as Lightroom is bringing in the photos, it first displays a temporary thumbnail which is extracted from the raw file. Then, once all the images are imported to the catalog no moved to the disk, Lightroom makes a second pass building real previews according to your settings in the import module, and with your default camera raw settings. The previews are generated by Lightroom directly from the camera raw data, and will almost surely look different from the thumbnails that were created by the camera. You'll see a change in the thumbnails in Grid view as LR updates the previews, and you'll see a progress bar at the top left showing the status of building previews.

If you go to the bottom right hand panel in the develop module, in "Camera Calibration," you'll find a setting for "Profile," that controls the interpretation of the raw data. You can change this to a number of other settings depending on your camera, to simulate the look that is generated in camera for different settings (landscape, vivid, neutral, etc.). By experimenting with these settings, you may find one you prefer for your camera, and you can include it as a default as Jim described above.

Keep in mind, you'll probably never match the camera exactly. But in my opinion, this is a good thing, and this is why I use Lightroom. The camera's default settings are created in a lab in Japan, and are hard-wired into the camera's circuits. Will they be right for every image? With Lightroom and a raw file, I can make the image look the way I want, based on the real world conditions and my artistic taste; not predetermined in a lab.

Also keep in mind that Camera Calibration profile settings are applicable to raw files only; they will not be available for JPG files. The profiles are only used in the interpretation of raw files.

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Absolutley atrocious interference and needless complexity. Never used to happen

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'save new camera defaults' makes no sense what does this mean.

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You’ve posted to an ancient thread. It is highly unlikely that the issue described in this thread, though not impossible, is the same one you are currently experiencing. Rather than resurrect an old thread that is seemingly similar, you are better off posting to a new thread with fresh, complete information, including system information, a complete description of the problem, and step-by-step instructions for reproduction. 

 

If the issue is the same, we will merge you back into the appropriate location. 

 

Thank you!

 

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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