How to get accurate colours in Lightroom when importing RAW files from a Nikon D810

Have you ever noticed that when you import RAW files into Lightroom that they look a bit washed out in comparison to how they looked on your preview screen on the back of your Nikon D810?

Annoying isn’t it?

In a nutshell…

When shooting in RAW format, most camera settings like White Balance, Sharpness, Saturation, Lens Corrections and Color Profiles are irrelevant. Unless you use Nikon-provided software like Capture NX or View NX, all of those custom settings are mostly discarded by third party applications such as Lightroom and Photoshop.

Nasim Mansurov of Photographylife.com has written a great article that goes into this in great detail and explains what you can do to fix it and here it is…

How to Get Accurate Nikon Colors in Lightroom

Lightroom 6 Desktop Edition – Download Link

Today I managed to avert a crisis. I applied the latest patch to Lightroom 6 Desktop version and it stopped working!

I decided the only way around this was to reinstall the software and hope my catalog was still intact.

I contacted Adobe and chatted to three different people before they sent me the link to where you can still download the Lightroom 6 Desktop Version.

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/lightroom-downloads.html

This link is not publicised much by Adobe as they want to push you towards the Creative Cloud plan.

TIP – Always keep your serial numbers for your software in case you need to reinstall it again!

So,

  1. I downloaded LR6 via the link above
  2. Reinstalled it
  3. And thank frik all of my photo’s were still there
  4. Crisis averted

Phew.

JV

Running Lightroom 6 on an ‘old iMac’ – upgrading to El Capitan

On the whole I really like Lightroom 6 but I did find that I had to upgrade my iMac OS to El Capitan to speed it up. It had virtually ground to a halt on my old Mac OS.

It’s also quite buggy and there have been a lot of complaints from Lightroom users, so many that Adobe even issued an apology for the buggyness of release 6.2.

Sometimes companies do release buggy software so they can get free QA (Quality Assurance) but I don’t think this is a sustainable strategy from Adobe if this is what they were doing.

Anyway, now i’ve upgraded my OS it seems to be a lot quicker, so it’s definitely worth doing.

BTW I’m convinced Apple are able to remotely throttle the performance of your iMac in an effort to get you to upgrade to the latest OS but at least it’s free.

So this is the iMac i’m currently using:

  • iMac (24-inch, Early 2009)
  • Processor 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400 256 MB

If you are doing anything to do with image processing you will want to max out on your memory. You can never have enough memory in your Mac or PC.

I don’t think my graphics card is supported anymore by El Capitan but I haven’t run into any major issues thus far.

Here’s a link to an article from Adobe about possible issues when running Lightroom 6 and El Capitan that you might find useful.

Lightroom and El Capitan | Mac OS 10.11

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/lightroom-and-el-capitan—mac-os-10-11.html

Another tip:

I strongly suggest using a tool like ‘MacBooster’ so you can keep an eye on how well your Mac is running and tweak it when necessary so you can squeeze every last bit of juice out of it.

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