Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lightroom: Lens Corrections & Profile

Post 23

Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®


Show Me Your Profile


In the Develop Module of Lightroom, under Lens Corrections, you have four tabs. These tabs are Basic, Profile, Color, and Manual. We covered what you can do in the Basic tab last post. This post is all about the Profile tab.



Go to the Profile tab and click Enable Profile Corrections. Notice the Lens Profile section is now highlighted.



Save Me

Under Enable Profile Corrections you will find a line that says Setup. You can go with the Default, or Auto, or set up a Custom lens profile. Saving a profile of your camera and lens enables automatic corrections that can be applied to batches of images. Very helpful.



You may need or want to make custom settings. You may be working with different cameras, lenses, etc. Be careful that one lens profile is not being applied to all images within a batch if you do not want them to be.

Customize Me Baby!

Any changes below the Setup will change your settings to Custom. The Lens Profile should automatically show the metadata about your camera Make, Model, and Profile.  Just in case it doesn’t, you can also select 
these on your own.

Select the make of your camera. If you choose a different camera, your image will alter slightly. It’s fun to see the differences in each when applied to your image.



Select the model of your lens. If your camera is Canon, then the only available lenses you will have to choose from are Canon lenses. I changed the lens to the 15mm in the image below and got some funky warping. You could use this tool in artistic ways as well as functional ways.



If your lens is not supported and does not show as an option, the drop-down will say “none”. In this case, you have three options: You can wait until Lightroom releases a profile for your lens, you can create a lens profile yourself (“How to add a missing Lens Profile using Lens Profile Creator” will be covered in a future post) or use the Manual tab (also to be covered in a future post).

Deep Distortion or Sweet Vignette

Need further Distortion or Vignetting corrections (or additions)? These sliders are ready and waiting. 

When you move the Distortion slider, a grid temporarily appears you you can see what sections are correcting/warping and how much.



The Vignetting slider goes from a very white feathered edge to a very black feathered edge. Set this for the best results in your particular image or batch of images.




Next post: Lightroom Lens Corrections & Color
  


These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out jenniferapffel.com, albaphotography.net or look for her on fineartamerica.com.
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