Did you know Adobe’s Lightroom (LR) processes blues differently than Canon’s algorithms? I like everything about LR, but always liked how Canon processes blues in-camera; skys specifically.
So, my quick & easy fix that makes them nearly identical (to my untrained eyes) was to make a user preset that takes the blue Hue in the HSL window and moves it to +11. Works like a charm, producing a lovely “Canon blue”.
This shot is an example of the sky I get with that minor change.
Prior to making the change, the blue color seemed less…well, less. I lack the words to properly describe it. Maybe it had less ‘pop’? Maybe it was more dull? It certainly seemed too warm, with a yellow’ish hue. Changing the blue hue just a little bit made a definite improvement to my eye.
In any case, this is obviously very subjective and a personal preference. However, as someone relatively new to the whole post-processing thing (just over eight months or so), this made me happy enough to want to post it…
The Plot Thickens
After posting the above on Photography on the Net (a very large & well known Canon forum), user tzalman asked what camera profile I was using, which was met with a prompt “huh?”, displaying my continued ignorance of the entirety of Lightroom’s features.
Turns out the photo was edited using the Adobe Standard camera profile, which is the default. However, LR has several more camera profiles you can apply that give more of a Canon look. So, let’s have a look at what sort of changes you can get using these profiles.
Edit Using Adobe Standard
First, to show what camera RAW pulls going into LR, this is the zeroed out (no edits at all) photo.
Then I went back to my edited photo, without the hue. This is them side-by-side, so you can see precisely what the small hue adjustment does. The first one below is without the hue adjustment and the second is with it.
Alternate Camera Profiles
For all of the others, I went back to the no-hue-adjustment above, which used the Adobe Standard camera profile, then I changed the camera profile one by one. Some of them (especially Landscape) turned out a bit over-saturated due to previous edits, but it’s sufficient to show the differences for the purpose of this exercise. I’ll just label them and show the result.
Re-Edit of the Original
This ultimately led me to going back to zero’ed and re-editing, beginning with the Camera Landscape option.
Here’s my original edit again, with hue.
Here’s the re-edit, no hue adjustment and starting from the Camera Landscape profile.
I certainly hope this helps somebody along the line. Thanks for reading!