Lightroom User Group - Make Your Profiles!

In the past, a few of you have requested that we have a meeting where we cover some more advanced topics.  I've conceived of this month's meeting specially to punish you.  After I subject you to the technical nuances of building custom profiles, you'll never ask for advanced topics again!  Only the most unashamedly geeky among you need attend!


I'm trying reverse psychology here, I really do want you to attend.  You'll have awesome Lightroom street cred if you know how to do this stuff.*  We'll cover building two types of custom profiles.


First, camera profiles.  Lightroom uses camera profiles so that it knows how to interpret the raw data from your camera.  By default, Lightroom uses a profile called "Adobe Standard".  It's plenty good.  But what if you're a perfectionist with too much time on your hands?  You can make your own custom camera profile specifically for your individual camera!


Second, lens profiles.  Lens profiles allow Lightroom to correct optical flaws in lenses.  Lots of lens profiles come preinstalled with Lightroom.  But what if you have a lens that isn't covered by Lightroom's lens profiles?  Well, it might be that someone else out there has already made a profile for your weird lens, and you can download it.  But what if no one else has made a profile already, or the profiles made by others are unsatisfactory?  You can make your own!


We'll cover how to make both of these types of custom profiles, and we'll discuss how to use them most effectively in Lightroom.


As usual, we'll have pizza and socializing from 6:30 to 7:00.  The presentation will start at 7:00 and go until about 8:00.  We'll have time for questions from 8:00 to 8:30.  And as usual, this presentation will assume that you have a certain level of Lightroom knowledge.  If you are completely new to Lightroom, you wish to watch my "Intro to Lightroom" presentation here: https://seminars.adobeconnect.com/_a227210/p8jckoamiq8/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

Lastly, please note, we will be meeting at 410 Townsend, NOT 601 Townsend.  Hope to see you all there!



*Is there such thing as Lightroom street cred?  I sure hope so.

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  • Sven S.

    Great talk. Looking forward to the next one.

    September 27, 2013

  • Benjamin W.

    Hi Everyone, a link to the recording of the meeting has been posted as usual in the "All Recorded Meetings" post on the Discussions page. Or you can just click here: https://my.adobeconnect.com/p20owude3zk/ In addition, I have made my complete notes available for download here:https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/790948/Lightroom%20User%20Group%20Profile%20Building.pdf The notes include a link to the recording, as well as links to all of the software that you will need to download to make your own profiles.

    2 · September 27, 2013

  • Ricardo G.

    GREAT Meetup! As usual! Looking forward to the next one.

    Also, there was a gentleman who was talking about how his camera wasn't being recognized by Lightroom when tethered. He uses Windows. I heard something similar the day before and the question kept bugging me the whole night. Then I remembered!

    I was thinking of tethering my 5D Mark II months ago and heard about a problem with the Windows Media Center service causing USB connection problems. If you disable this service, the connection should be fine. Of course, a Mac doesn't have this problem.

    Hope this helps!

    BTW, I'm primarily a Mac user! LOL!

    September 27, 2013

    • Benjamin W.

      Hi Ricardo, thanks for the tip about Windows Media Center service, I'll investigate that.

      September 27, 2013

  • Natalie N.

    After 45 minutes of looking for parking I gave up and went home. I will look forward to the next event hopefully on a night the Giants are not playing.

    September 27, 2013

    • Benjamin W.

      Hi Natalie, I'm sorry to hear that! For future reference, you can park for free in the Adobe parking lot at 601 Townsend (parking lot entrance is in the back of the building on King Street). From there, it is about a 5-10 minute walk to the building at 410 Townsend. Also, we always try to hold our meetings at 601, but just get bumped to 410 sometimes if 601 is not available.

      September 27, 2013

  • fletcher o.

    Great presentation last night. Thank you. Where can I find the links that you showed in the beginning for creating camera profile software, etc.?

    September 27, 2013

  • Randall W.

    Thank you for all of the work. Will need that to make my own profile for iPhone, Teleconverters and ND/Polarizing filters.

    Hopefully, Adobe is undertaking similar camera profile efforts for Premier, Media Encoder and Photoshop

    September 27, 2013

  • jbdata

    Well done but overwhelming... Someone should start a company that provides profiles to photographers. I'd rather be taking pictures...

    September 27, 2013

  • Michael

    Thanks for organizing. Parking was very scarce due to the Giants game combined with the new location (closer to the ball park). I realize you probably wanted to keep your usual calendar, but waiting just a few days to hold this event would have avoided this issue - the season ends Sunday.

    September 27, 2013

  • Howard B.

    Learned a lot. Thanks for spending all that time making the stock Adobe lens profiles. They work great. Good to know how to make new ones.

    September 26, 2013

  • sonny m.

    Interesting presentation. Probably more than I will use but good to know the profiles exist and how to use them. Program went a bit long and I had to leave to catch caltrain or wait an hour for next one

    September 26, 2013

  • Ed

    This sounds amazing but I can't attend. Will you guys be recording the event?

    September 26, 2013

  • fletcher o.

    Carpool from Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany?

    September 26, 2013

  • sonny m.

    Anyone interested in carpooling from peninsula. I'm in Redwood City and willing to drive
    If interested contact me off line [masked]

    September 26, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Will there be a recording of today's meetup?

    September 26, 2013

  • Ricardo G.

    Yay! Advanced topics!

    September 22, 2013

  • sonny m.

    A question about backing up processed images. If I copy/move images oitside of LR I get copy of original raw or jpeg without LR adjustments. Then have to add to catalog. If I import or export between main drive and external drive from LR, things are in catalog, however the image on the back uo drive is the adjusted version but does not include all the history steps. In effected it has become a destructed image and I have lost original. I'm sure I am missing a simple step and hope you can give a short explanation at the meeting.

    Thanks

    Sonny

    September 20, 2013

  • Raphael B.

    Looking forward too the meeting.

    September 20, 2013

  • Irvin David U.

    ok, going to the right Townsend this time

    September 20, 2013

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