7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 27, 2018 2:40 PM by ManiacJoe

    Underexposed Import into Lightroom.

    image_czar Level 1

      I shoot RAW with Nikon D750 and import to my PC using Nikon View NX2 and the photos are fine. Then import to Lightroom and they go dark by about 2 stops after a couple seconds and the image is basically ruined. they look fine on any other programs. Import presets are off and camera calibration is no help. Any suggestions?

        • 1. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
          image_czar Level 1

          I may have just found my own answer. Please let me know if this is plausible. I only notice the problem some of the time, and looking at the files I see when it does  happen I have the Active D-Lighting set to extra high on the camera. Nikon software reads this fine but can Adobe somehow not adjust for that setting? I honestly think that is the issue. I will test in daylight again tomorrow to verify. Thanks!

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          • 2. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
            Mohit Goyal Adobe Employee (Admin)

            Hi image_czar,

             

            I think the ViewNX software re-writing the metadata for the raw images that's why its unreadable by Lightroom.

             

            Please try and import images directly in Lightroom from the SD Card and check if that works.

             

            Also, you can refer the below link to fix the existing images.

            Fix Corrupted Nikon NEF Images

             

            Regards,

            Mohit

            • 3. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
              ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

              Yes, Active D-Lighting is the problem.

               

              When ADL is set to "low", all the processing is done in the camera, thus causing no problems with third-party software.

              At any of the higher settings, half of the ADL processing is in-camera with the second half done in the Nikon software for post processing. Since no third-party software reads the ADL data -- nor knows what to do with it -- it results in underexposed images when not processed with Nikon's software.

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              • 4. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
                sairam72417734 Level 1

                So how should I shoot to prevent this thing to happen?

                • 5. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
                  D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  When ADL is set to "low", all the processing is done in the camera, thus causing no problems with third-party software.

                   

                  It will still be ignored by Lightroom. A raw file contains no camera processing at all - it's only a record of the photons that actually hit the sensor.

                   

                  So how should I shoot to prevent this thing to happen?

                   

                  Turn ADL off, knowing it has no effect on the raw file itself. Expose well to record as much information as possible, then recreate the effect using Lightroom controls, particularly the shadows and highlights sliders.

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                  • 6. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
                    sairam72417734 Level 1

                    Thanks, and another one, what should I do if I got some photos with this ADL problem but I wanna edit them in LR?, Can I Export the Raw files from NX-D to LR but with the problem fixed? Like the whole pic with de ADL info in it.

                    • 7. Re: Underexposed Import into Lightroom.
                      ManiacJoe Adobe Community Professional

                      Using Nikon's software on the NEF file will correctly interpret and display all the data and settings in the NEF file.

                      Then you can save the image as a TIF or other format and import this new file into Lightroom.

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