I have noticed that on all my RAW pictures I import into Lightroom CC the software automatically applies the "Adobe Default" preset. Is there a way to change this behaviour so it sticks with the "Camera Settings" preset?


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With the last release of LR (June 2020) there is a "Camera Preset" develop preset, which is a camera matching color profile; and in some cases it will pick up some basic/detail adjustments as well (e.g. saturation/sharpening). With my Nikon's, all it does is change the color profile to "Camera Neutral" and all other settings to Adobe defaults.

An option that is probably better is to edit an image with basic/generic edits; setting the color profile, saturation, sharpening, noise reduction, etc, to your desired/typical starting point for most images. Then go to the develop menu > new preset > save with unique name. Now you can apply that profile (or any other) by default by setting it in the preset preferences; either by camera model as I have done (with override selected), or by changing the Master preset.

As shown in the image you can also make an adaptive ISO preset by editing a high ISO image, and a low ISO image; and then selecting them both before selecting the new preset menu option. I use an Adaptive ISO preset, but I have switched one to the Camera Settings preset for the screen capture.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it not true that a RAW file is just data and therefor if any settings, camera or otherwise, are applied then it is no long a RAW file. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 21:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlaskaMan, the edits in LR do not actually change the raw data until the image is exported. With LR the edits/settings applied are more of a "preview" of what the data will look like when eventually exported; the edits/settings are saved in a separate database. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 21:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ I understand that. My Adobe , Bridge, Camera Raw do the same. The text read "Apply camera settings", that infers not just for viewing purposes but applying. I was just trying to call attention to the use of words and have them match the intended meaning. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 21:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlaskaMan, except that LR doesn't automatically apply settings in that manner. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 31, 2020 at 16:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Edits in LR don't really change the raw data even when the image is exported. What is exported is not the raw data, it's an interpretation of that raw data using a particular instruction set on how to process that data to arrive at a raster image. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Sep 2, 2020 at 16:07

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