Adobe to release camera matching profiles!

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A user on DPReview has the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw and found that Adobe has finally added camera matching colour profiles for the R5! The update is only available in some regions at the moment but should release to everyone within a couple of days.

Wanted to start a thread to hear everyone’s feedback on the new colour profiles when they release… honestly didn’t think this would ever happen.. so keen to test them out myself too..
 
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Exciting news! Thank you, Chris.

R6 could use them too.
Yes, all major Canon cameras should be properly supported! Now excuses now…

Just to follow up:

I have been through a few shoots now and compared TIFF files exported via DPP against Adobe Camera Raw. Both programs set to ‘Camera Neutral’ which has always been my preferred profile for skin tones in beauty/fashion work.

I can confidently say that Adobe now has the best colours for the R5 in terms of its response to skin tones outside of DPP.

I have used Canon DPP, Adobe Camera Raw, DXO Photolab and Capture 1 in search of the best colour response for human subjects.

I would rank as follows:

1. Adobe / Canon DPP: practically tied, sometimes one looks marginally better than the other. The weakness of DPP is shadow and highlight adjustments. Those sliders completely destroy colour response and global contrast.

2. Capture 1: more adjustments required to ‘match’ Canon DPP, but the relationship between lip tones, hair tones and skin tones is still a bit skewed. For example, a global adjustment to remove yellow / green from skin will leave the lips looking artificially pink.

3. DXO Photolab: the default starting point is quite bad. Extremely contrasty and saturated, overly warm. The relationship between colour tones is slightly more skewed than Capture 1 and experimentation with profiles for different cameras, and a number of adjustments on top are needed to match Canon DPP.

These comparisons are made using Tungsten (Dedolight), Flash (Broncolor), natural daylight and quality LED sources (Aputure Nova P300c, for example). Observations hold true across these different light sources.

Before this update, Adobe was fighting for last place in terms of colour tones for human subjects… now they are leading the pack. Very happy that I won’t have to keep using Canon DPP so heavily. I have used that program across 3 different computers over the last year and it is always buggy/crashing and slow to respond. Even my new setup: AMD Ryzen 5900x / RTX 3080 / 128gb RAM PC is sluggish with DPP….
 
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Hope this is true, Chris. Been waiting for this moment for a loooong frustrating time.

Hey Nikkito, it is definitely true! Here is a link to the Adobe Camera Raw version 14 which has the R5 camera matching profiles (this is the windows version)


The update does not seem to be available through creative cloud just yet. But The above link installs and works perfectly - having running on both of my computers now.

The colours are much much better now. Very relieved!
 

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Now, the question is: how do I batch-apply the camera profile to already imported images in Lightroom Classic?
 
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There are even bigger changes to LR than camera profiles.

Masking is the biggest.


Wow, I missed that feature initially. The masking is also abailable in Adobe Camera Raw. It's actually very impressive how well it selects the subject. I hope this feature doesnt make me lazy with my lighting.... I just did a test and it was stupidly easy to change the brightness or saturation of background in a completel believable way... and it took seconds... man that makes life easier!
 
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