Presets and camera calibration for Lightroom


Developing presets for Lightroom Classic is an important tool to bring the best processing of your files and get as close as possible to the original colours from your camera. Also, other effects can applied but here I go for the Leica M and Sony Alpha colours so they are as close to the original as possible. These can be twisted and changed afterwards if you wish for special expressions and style.

These presets process a colour correction when importing and processing DNG files in Adobe Lightroom based on the camera information and sensor characteristics. 

Presets are either set in the Develop module, and adjustments will be applied to a single file. It’s also possible to have Lightroom automatically apply the preset to all files during the Import process. This is the easiest way to apply effect on all images at once. Please note that the presets are not burned into the file. It can be altered and changed afterwards.

If you sign up for my newsletter I will send you a welcome mail including a link to download my preferred XML presets for Leica M9, M10, and Sony Alpha A7.

Just remember all presets are designed to work with Adobe Lightroom Classic and the latest version available. If new updates come up before I have time to adjust them you may have to alter the presets so they match the current version of Lightroom as well as new cameras. The presets are not tested or matched with any other versions of Lightroom (Lightroom CC, Lightroom Mobile or any older non-CC standalone versions). You can adjust these to your own taste.

Here is a short instruction on how to apply the filters after downloading them to your laptop or PC.

After the import the preset will show up on the left side under PRESETS.

In the DEVELOP mode click the square symbol right to open this module.

Click IMPORT PROFILES to import the camera profiles from the folder where you placed the files when downloaded.

The preset files should automatically be placed in the USER PRESETS folder left on the screen (as shown in the first picture). They are now ready to use and adjusted to your preferences. Be sure to store the original files. If something happens you can always re-import the files following the same procedure.