Photographic & Tech Musings by Jon Adams

Nex-7 Adobe Camera RAW Calibration Presets

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Nex-7 Rocks!

It's no secret that I love my Nex-7 from Sony. This little camera has helped re-energize my love of photography. It's paramount in me having a very capable camera with me all the time. (almost all the time) Naturally there are things I wish for and hope for with the next release of this amazing camera. Or even firmware release. But overall I'm in love with this little thing. One pain I've been having is with Lightroom 4 and ACR. Yes, I shoot mostly in RAW. I often shoot in RAW + JPEG mode so I can use the jpeg files instantly with my iPhone or iPad. What happens if you shoot in RAW + JPEG mode when you import into Lightroom? You see your JPEG image at first until Lightroom can process the RAW file and render it's own preview. What happens then is sort of Scary! your image goes from a pretty nice looking file to the raw data and it's not nearly as pretty. See image below.

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So we went from about there to where do I start? With most Nikons or Canons I've used, I'd simply go to develop, Camera Calibration and change profiles. The problem? There are no profiles for this camera from Adobe. With a little coaxing you can bring the sliders to where the image will sing to you. But I really try hard to get my settings close in camera. Well, a quick google search brought me to a website from someone named Maurizio Piraccini who has made a bunch of Calibration Profiles for us, The profiles are exactly what you'd expect and work perfectly! Here's a link. Click Here. Download these and try them out. There are also profiles for the Sony Nex-5n the Sony Nex-C3 along with the Nex-7 and many other Sony Digital Cameras. It's so much nicer to start with what you saw in camera as you made your adjustment or at least close to that. You can then save these as part of a preset and apply that to your images on import. Save a bunch of time and gets you back out shooting fast. I've recorded a little video for you. See Below. Thanks for visiting