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    After importing my photos into lightroom, for the first time I view it in "Develop" mode, lightroom seems to automatically reduces the contrast/saturation/exposure for me. How can i turn off this auto function?

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    i'm also trying to figure out how to turn it off.

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    you need to understand first what is happening...
    i presume you are shooting RAW.
    In the RAW file there is a low resolution jpeg embedded
    LR uses this jpeg when it first shows the photo
    this jpeg has all the adjustments as a jpeg normally created by the camera.
    in the meantime LR is generating a preview and proper picture from the RAW file
    This preview has limited sharpening, saturation and contrast improvement (S-curve), far less than the jpeg file, hence the duller colours

    what you can do is to create a preset that by default sets the contrast and saturation higher....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    you need to understand first what is happening...
    i presume you are shooting RAW.
    In the RAW file there is a low resolution jpeg embedded
    LR uses this jpeg when it first shows the photo
    this jpeg has all the adjustments as a jpeg normally created by the camera.
    in the meantime LR is generating a preview and proper picture from the RAW file
    This preview has limited sharpening, saturation and contrast improvement (S-curve), far less than the jpeg file, hence the duller colours

    what you can do is to create a preset that by default sets the contrast and saturation higher....
    thanks Michael for your reply.
    I'm shooting RAW for the whole folder i'm importing,no jpegs.
    i can't do a preset as not all photos auto adjust,only maybe say 2 out of 5 will.

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    thanks i got it fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaxh81 View Post
    thanks i got it fixed.
    Hi zaxh81, can share how you did it?

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    Yes, please share!!

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    yah pls share with me too. I am processing RAW using bridge in CS3 and have this problem too.
    THanks.

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    sorry,problem still have.
    It does not affect all photos but selected fews.maybe 1 in 6 photos.
    Maybe i try to update it see how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaxh81 View Post
    thanks Michael for your reply.
    I'm shooting RAW for the whole folder i'm importing,no jpegs.
    i can't do a preset as not all photos auto adjust,only maybe say 2 out of 5 will.
    All RAW files, regardless of camera manufacturer, has a JPEG embedded IN it. When you select RAW + JPEG, it means that there are TWO JPEGS created, one embedded, one not. In RAW mode, there's a RAW file and a JPEG in that, they aren't separate files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsybitsyspidy View Post
    After importing my photos into lightroom, for the first time I view it in "Develop" mode, lightroom seems to automatically reduces the contrast/saturation/exposure for me. How can i turn off this auto function?

    If i'm not wrong, using the camera manufacturer's proprietary software (e.g Capture NX for Nikon), the raw images will retain all the in-camera settings which gives the nicer looking Jpeg images. However, you can further tune those settings to your liking before exporting it as Jpeg.

    But for 3rd party software like lightroom, they will strip away all the in-camera settings and give you a purely raw image, which looks much duller. Not sure is it they do this purposely or
    they are unable to retain those settings which only the proprietary software can read.

    Sure hope this function can be turn off too as I always find myself trying to mimic the exposure/saturation of my raw images until it looks like the Jpeg, before further enhancing it. Seemed to be doing double work.

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