I don’t want this to sound like I am lazy or anything, but I am always trying to find ways to save time in my photography workflow. Time is money as they say and that is certainly something I need more of! One thing that I’ve done to save that time is change my default camera profile in Adobe Lightroom.

Why Change Camera Profiles in Lightroom?

I found that when I was importing my images I was making the same small tweaks to the image mostly adding a touch of black, maybe clarity, maybe saturation…you get the idea. I was always just giving them a bit more pop. I’ve used the camera profiles in the past, usually when I really needed help to fix an image I’d mangled in camera. When looking at the profiles supplied by Adobe, I discovered that I really preferred the “Camera Standard” setting vs the “Adobe Standard” setting. If you shoot with other brand cameras the name might be different, I think that “Camera Faithful” is what the Canon setting says. At any rate, I’ve now changed the default setting so Lightroom and ACR in Photoshop apply my preferred setting to all images on import.

This small change really adds up when you are editing hundreds of images. And since I shoot in RAW, if I don’t like it I can always change it back.

This gallery has all of the images from the video. The only change was to the camera profile and a bit of a crop. They are labeled with the setting that I used for each.