In building or boosting your workflow, you can get the most “bang for your buck” by minimizing the number of manual corrections you must make to match your photos to your vision of the original scene. DNG profiles can significantly improve your camera raw workflow by providing you with a better starting point than Adobe’s defaults in Lightroom and Photoshop, streamlining your whole workflow in the process.
In an earlier post, I offered my first thoughts on the new X-Rite Color Checker Passport software. After using the profiles for the better part of two months, I’ve been quite pleased with the DNG profiles created by the Color Checker Passport software.
Now it’s your turn for some testing. Below I’ve posted links to download my DNG Profiles for the Olympus E-3, E-30, E-620 and E-P1, created with both the Adobe DNG Profile Editor and X-Rite Color Checker Passport. Run them through the paces and let me know if they improve your workflow. What situations do they best the defaults in ACR, where do they fall flat? Please update me on the results of your tests. I think they will be quite interesting.
Before downloading the profiles, please read a couple important caveats:
– The test targets were photographed in less-than-ideal conditions. As a result, the profiles may not be as accurate as possible. In coming weeks, I hope to reshoot the targets using a more standard methodology and will repost new DNG profiles when they are available.
– These profiles are for testing purposes only. You should not use them for your production work until you’ve evaluated them thoroughly.
– If you find these DNG profiles valuable, create your own. It takes less than 30 minutes to roll your own profile and you’ll get better results if you use your camera and your lighting setup. Here’s a video to show you how.
Now to the good stuff. Download the zip-compressed DNG file for your camera. Copy the profiles to the following folder:
Windows XP: Root Drive(C)\Documents and Settings\UserName\ApplicationData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles
Windows Vista: Root DRive (C)\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles
After installing the profiles, relaunch Photoshop and Lightroom. The profiles should now be visible within the Calibration panel of ACR and can be used on both DNG and manufacturer-specific raw file formats.
In the zipped file, you will find two DNG profiles. Those with -DNGPE in the file name were created using Adobe’s DNG Profile Editor Software. Those with -CCP were created with X-Rite’s Color Checker Passport.
Olympus E-3: OlyE-3_DNGProfiles.zip
Olympus E-620: OlyE-620_DNGProfiles.zip
New: Olympus E-520: Olympus E-520.dcp