Lightroom 4 Presets: Camera Calibration Profiles

In Lightroom by Matt K16 Comments

I’m heading up to steamy hot New Jersey for a mini-vacation with the family this week. And I thought Florida was hot!? I must have forgotten how bad summers can be here growing up. Look for me at Six Flags, the boardwalk, or Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick 😉 Anyway, posted this on my Lightroom site but I figured I’d post here too. I’ve had a bunch of requests lately to update (to Lightroom 4) the Camera Profile presets that I released a couple of years ago, so here they are. These presets simply select the Camera Profiles that you’d normally select in camera (picture controls or picture styles that increase saturation, color, contrast). If you shoot in Raw though, those styles are discarded and left off of the raw file (which is why your raw file sometimes looks a little flat in Lightroom). But Lightroom has profiles that simulate those controls in the Camera Calibration panel in the Develop module.

The Best Way To Use Them
I get a TON of questions on how to apply these to multiple photos and I think the presets are one of the best ways to do that. Just select your favorite one in the Import dialog and it’ll be automatically applied to the photos so you don’t have to do it.

Read This Before Downloading
First things first… these presets only work with Raw files so don’t try them on JPEGs. There’s also 2 downloads here. One for Nikon and one for Canon (sorry if you use another brand but I had to go with the top two here). Give ’em a try. I think you’ll find them easier to click through (or even better, hover over and check them in the Navigator preview panel), rather than clicking on each profile in the Camera Calibration panel.

The Presets:

PS: Any comments reprimanding me for not including other cameras will be deleted. Just sayin’ 😉


  1. Martin Harvey

    Thanks for the Nikon presets and I have downloaded plus subscribed and following on Twitter.

    But a question – when I create a folder in presets it’s not a user preset sub-folder which I assume isn’t an issue and you stated the presets must be in user presets.

    Thanks again.

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  3. Joe Ladendorf

    Hey Matt,

    Am I missing something? These profiles are already included in Lightroom,at the bottom of the develop module, or is this something different?

    1. Author

      Yep, they’re the same. Its just a quick way to preview them (using the Navigator panel since you can hover over). Even more so, it’s a good way to apply them on Import if you have a favorite – so you don’t have to go changing all of them after.

      1. Van

        So why the difference to download Canon or Nikon? I thought the camera profiles (drop down) was based on ACR 7.1 of neutral, portrait, standard, vivid (etc) and not the secret sauce of the specific brand?

  4. aron

    These are great for quick use… and your comment about creating presets for White Balance, that’s so simple but so smart

  5. Nicole Couture-Lord

    Matt, I tried to import the camera profile presets but they don’t show up in the user presets folder. I tried both methods you described in the updated video on importing and organizing presets. And yes, I had unzipped the folder beforehand. thanks for your input. – Nicole

  6. JB

    Matt, Your video on how to import profiles is for LR3. In LR4.1 right clicking on user profiles gives an import choice but when selecting a profile you only have the option to open. It does not import. Any work around?

  7. Chris

    This is great, but where is the picture style “Monochrome”
    That’s the one I use most. I can’t find as a Lightroom preset.
    Do you know where I can get it?

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