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Photos appearing extremely desaturated

New Here ,
May 16, 2024 May 16, 2024

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  1. On my home computer in Lrc all of my photos look extremely desaturated, but not on my school computer. Both are Macs and the color space on both computers is the same.
  2. They are srgb NEF files
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May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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The color space setting of raw images is irrelevant. Raw data do not have a color space, so the sRGB setting of the camera applies to embedded jpeg previews only. What matters in this case may be the monitor color profile. Assuming that the school monitors are calibrated, how about your monitor?

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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They are both set to the default imac color profile

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May 18, 2024 May 18, 2024

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How are the images transferred between the computers? Lightroom does not change the original photo, it stores the edits as metadata. That means that if you simply transfer the image from the school computer to your home computer, it will be transferred without the edits.

 

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May 18, 2024 May 18, 2024

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They were both transfered directly from the SD card

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May 18, 2024 May 18, 2024

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Please show screenshots of both. Include the whole UI so we see the settings.

 

But I agree with Johan. This sounds like the monitor profile.

 

Do you have HDR enabled?

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May 19, 2024 May 19, 2024

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What is "both"? Two images? You need to transfer the catalog too, because that is where the edits reside. If you just import the images in Lightroom at home, then you won't see any edits you made at school.

 

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May 19, 2024 May 19, 2024

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both computers

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May 19, 2024 May 19, 2024

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Check what your raw defaults are set at on both computers. This is a preference in Preferences->Presets. I would guess that on one computer they are set to "Camera Settings" and on the other (the desaturated one) to "Adobe default". It depends on your editing style but generally I recommend people use "Camera Settings" there to avoid confusion when the image changes radically right after loading in develop. 

If it is not this, it can also be a preset applied upon import (check if any slider settings are at non-default on one of the computers), or like already suggested, bad display calibration on one of the two computers (not uncommon even on Macs)

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May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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Have you calibrated your monitor?
Colors of monitors change over time as they age.

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May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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i dont think its a.moniter calibration issue because if i export the photos and put them on other devices they look the same.

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May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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i dont think its a.moniter calibration issue because if i export the photos and put them on other devices they look the same.


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That would actually confirm it's the monitor calibration! Your monitor calibration and monitor profile only influences what you see on that particular monitor, not what an exported image looks like on another device.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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