Lightroom will always adjust every image based on the default settings for each camera. And those settings can be changed. You might try applying the "Zeroed" preset that is available as one of the Lightroom p resets to a newly imported image and see if that gives you what you are wanting. If it is then after applying that preset, set new camera defaults and that is how newly imported images will be handled. It will also be how images will be handled when the Reset button is clicked.
UPDATE: I've checked the Import dialogue and under "Apply During Import" both Develop Settings and Metadata are set to None.
I've looked at the edit history in the Develop module, and there is no preset or other adjustment to undo.
I've looked at the Camera Calibration in the Develop module and none of the settings return it to the original flat image. The only thing I can think is that the Adobe Standard profile is not very good. I mean, clearly the unprocessed data is there, the program is capable of displaying it, as shown above. Why then must it go and mess it up with adjustments I don't want?
Zeroed makes no difference. Why doesn't it just leave the image the way it is originally? Clearly it's capable of displaying that data as is.
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I don't want to seem like I'm going off typing furiously about something you already know. But the first thing Lightroom shows IS the JPEG preview while it generates the preview of the raw image data. So if you are getting more contrast then is it possible that you need to choose a different camera profile as a starting point? I use Nikon so I don't know what your choices are. Perhaps you could look at something like Camera Neutral or whatever your equivalent is to see if that might help.
Haha, thanks Jim. I find it odd that the JPEG preview is flatter in this case since I shoot with a flat color profile on my camera. Where would I find the camera profiles? These are different from the Camera Calibration, correct?
You know what, I looked at the settings in my camera, and I have a custom picture style that I've been using when I shoot video. Perhaps that's why the JPEG preview looks flatter, because of the built in picture style. In any case, I still am wondering if there's a difference between camera profiles and camera calibration in LR.
"You know what, I looked at the settings in my camera, and I have a custom picture style that I've been using when I shoot video."
Just so you are aware Lightroom cannot read your "customer picture style" settings from your camera. Lightroom uses Adobe produced processing engine and profiles developed by Adobe's engineers, the default profile used is called Adobe standard. Adobe has also created profiles to simulate some of the camera profiles they are called "Camera Neutral, Portrait etc. These profiles if available will be available from the Calibration tab in the Develop Module.
To wit Lightroom is a third party raw processing application and does not provide you with or use the same processing engine and profiles developed by your Camera manufacturer, they provide you with Adobe's alternative.
There is a lot of info on this topic available, the link below will provide help in understanding the issue.
If the Calibration panel is set to use the "Adobe Standard" profile, you are getting some development to your images.
If you want a flat starting point, try the "camera neutral" profile or something similar.
Unfortunately all of the other camera profiles make the problem worse. Adobe Standard actually does the least amount of alteration in this case.