Thanks for responding but I don't think what that article talks about is what's happening to me.
I should also mention that it doesn't happen all the time. (I know. I should have said that in the beginning.) The photo I see for a brief second is what I usually see when LR isn't making adjustments for me - low contrast and low saturation. Then LR makes this adjustment automatically.
If that is the case, then there are two options:
1. You are applying a preset upon import (Review your RH Side of your import dialog for this)
2. You have set a default set of edits to be applied to all images. If you don't want this, go to Preferences > Presets > and hit the [Reset all default develop settings]
Does either of those correct your issue?
Apply During Import - Develop Settings: "None"
In Presets: All automatic adjustments are unchecked.
Also, after LR makes the adjustment, all of the sliders are at zero.
Then I will refer you back to my original post.
So, you're saying my RAW photos actually have very high contrast (despite the fact that my in camera settings are set to low contrast) and that LR isn't actually making any adjustments?
Your camera settings only affect the JPEG files and the JPEG previews within the Raw files. SO.... If you are seeing a dull low-contrast file you are looking at the JPEG preview before Lightroom updates the Lightroom preview after reading the raw file. All raw files imported into Lightroom receive some base processing behind the scenes. (ie. a true linear Tone Curve)
Raw files are just that: raw sensor data. To show you the image, some program has to interpret those data. Lightroom does it one way, and your camera does it another. Neither is more correct than the other. The camera applies the adjustments that you specify, but only to the embedded preview that lives in the raw file. It applies that same set of adjustments if you are producing JPEGs out of the camera. Lightroom has its own default set of adjustments that it applies when you import a raw image.. If you don't like those defaults, you can create a new default or create a preset to be applied on import.
Thanks for the input. I really do appreciate it.
Although what you're both saying makes sense, I'm not sure that's the problem because it only happens some of the time. (Same camera - Canon 5D3)
A couple of long shots but have you also checked the curves setting? Could this be set to a higher contrast curve?
when you say it's only on some images is there a connection with these images? Are they at all using a certain ISO?
You can set the default settings to be based on various things like camera model or ISO. Is it possible you have the curves box set to a higher contrast curve as default for a certain ISO?
Its worth checking the Camera Default settings anyway, maybe reset that back to Adobe defaultS just to be sure.
Like I say, just a long shot.
Hi I was having a similar issue with my D610 RAW files. I went into the preferences menu and then the "presets" tab and clicked the "Reset all default Develop settings" button and it seems to have cured my issue.
I was getting settings adjustments on import for white balance, tone curve, saturation, vibrance, sharpening and the contrast slider.
Let me know if this works.
After viewing the movie, what I saw is what I would expect to see with LR set to the defaults.
After the image is imported, the initial view will use the JPG preview contained in the raw file, this JPG preview will have all your camera settings baked into it.. After the raw file is processed, all your camera settings are ignored and the default LR profile is applied to it. The default LR profile is the "Adobe Standard" profile, which does up the contrast and saturation.
To prevent similar discrepancies, I created a user preset that applies the "camera neutral" profile and assigned that preset as the "apply during import".