Lightroom Profiles

Lightroom Profiles are different from Presets and can potentially be more powerful. You are able to apply amazing effects to your images with just one click while still being able to customize them after. These High-Quality, Professionally made Profiles are crafted by our team of expert photographers and editors to make your images stand out!

What are Lightroom Profiles?

With the upgrade to Lightroom 7.3 version (either for CC or Classic CC), Adobe introduced the new XMP format, alongside with many other tools. This provided to be a huge step towards intercompatibility between Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop; however, the XMP format wasn’t only created to bridge between these two Softwares, it also offered the possibility to use new products under the format, hence the birth of Profiles.

Profiles resemble all-in-one presets in some way, as they are meant to be used as instant effects in just one click of distance. The main aspect to consider when it comes to Profiles is that Adobe created them with the aim to be applied only to RAW files – that means JPEG photos cannot be edited with Profiles, and also explains why they work with ACR. The second aspect is that Profiles, unlike Presets, don’t alter the values on the tools used in the Develop Module, meaning you can apply a profile and then work your way with presets or the manual tools in the Develop Module. This outstanding management of resources not only impresses us but also becomes a source of inspiration. From then on, we can consider Profiles as the contemporary version of film stocks.

If all this wasn’t enough, you can also control the intensity of the effect applied with the Profiles – not for all profiles, worth to be mentioned – by using the Amount slider. Easy to use, even easier to control.

How can I use RAW format for shooting photos?

Well, first that depends on the medium you are using to photograph. Compact cameras do not boost compatibility with RAW format, so you have to consider either Mirrorless Cameras or DSLR Cameras. Nowadays some smartphone models opted to venture into the RAW format experience, using DNG format, but keep in mind we talk about high-end line phones.

For cameras is quite easy, as you access the settings panel of your camera and switch from JPEG to RAW (depending on the camera brand you use you can see formats like NEF, CR2, ARW – which are the formats for Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras respectively). RAW format files take a bigger amount of space to be stored, so keep in mind to work with SD cards with a minimum of 32GB in storage to be on the safe side.

For smartphones, the same rules are applied as you can access your Settings, locate the main camera app, and change the format in there. If you use a third-party professional camera app like ProCamera, Camera FV-5, Manual Camera, etc., these apps come with native RAW format support (again under DNG format), that you can select from the app settings. Keep in mind the storage – especially if you work with an iPhone, and set photos to be stored either in an external microSD card or via Cloud Storage.