Making a good picture starts at the point of capture and in camera. One of the things that you can do whether you own a Canon or a Nikon is get familiar with your camera profiles. Both have them and you can set these prior to taking going click. Once that is done, and you are in our post processing, if you set the camera calibration to match your profile, it makes a big difference in the speed of your workflow and in the finishing of the image.
This does require a bit of foresight and thinking when capturing the image. Understanding things like color temperature differences in daylight and cloudy, along with what the other profiles can do for your image, can make subtle differences that really help convey what you may have seen at the point of capture. Let’s face it, the camera is heartless and only tries to make the perfect exposure, plain and simple. It is up to the photographer making the click to convey what they saw and felt to the viewer. I think this is where camera profiles really excel in capturing with the post processing. The first image above is from the driveway of my parents home. This click was taken at dusk and was taken in standard profile. The thing is, this photo, although pleasing to the eye, is not what I remember seeing. Enter the camera profile.
The second photo more accurately captures what I saw. The vivid reds and oranges along with the purples drew me to take the shot in the first place. The subtle difference is that the second photo is shot with the camera profile landscape and then paired with the calibration landscape in ACR which then honors all that information in the RAW file and renders the picture as I remember it. Along with one click from a recipe in Color Efex Pro and I’m done. Really easy and I like easy.
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