High Falls, Pigeon River

by Jakub

submit your photo

Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

Sign up ×
Photography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm a novice shooting in RAW and find that half the time my camera JPEG images come out better than my Lightroom tweaks to RAW files.

So to give myself a better start I'd like to apply the JPEG settings that are applied automatically by the camera to my RAW files in lightroom so that initially my RAW files look exactly like the JPEG files.

How can I do this?

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 5 down vote accepted

In the develop module, on the right side, find Camera Calibration. From the "Process" dropdown, choose the style that goes with the one you have selected in your camera (that automatically gets applied to the JPEGs coming out).

From there, you can do whatever you want. If you want this applied automatically during import, create a new preset on the left side, and then in the import screen select that as the "develop preset" and it will automatically apply tha

share|improve this answer
Does that really cover all aspects of JPG processing? I see profile settings for "faithful", "landscape", "neutral", etc., but I don't see any of the stuff for sharpening, saturation, etc., that are a big part of making JPG's seem nicer than RAW files. –  D. Lambert Jul 11 '11 at 16:24
That should apply those parts, too. Set your camera to shoot RAW + JPEG and apply the same preset to the RAW photo as your camera did for the JPEG (like D says!). That way you can tell if they're any different. This video should help, too. –  Jordan H. Jul 12 '11 at 2:23
Seems to get me close to the JPEG, but not exactly the same. But it's a better starting point. –  Projectile Fish Jul 13 '11 at 0:52
What version of Lightroom are you using and what camera do you have? They've released a few different versions of the profiles, but LR3 should have the latest. –  Jordan H. Jul 13 '11 at 14:41

In case Jordan's solution doesn't get you all the way to reverse-engineering your JPG settings, I think this is one of the few scenarios where RAW+JPG makes sense, if you've got that option.

Using this setting, you'll end up with two versions of each file, and you can do some A/B comparisons to help you reverse-engineer the JPG settings you're looking for. In addition to color rendering (which you can see and adjust in that calibration panel), pay attention to white balance, sharpening and noise reduction - you've probably got settings in your camera to control how these are applied when JPGs are created, and these make a big difference in the appearance of your photos, too.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.