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Old Sep 29, 2011, 7:02 AM   #1
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Default K-5, Lightroom 3, import presets

Since a college of me started asking me questions about how to work with lightroom I’ve been researching some stuff.

One of the things I found out is how to change import settings depending on the ISO used.

By default lightroom adds next default settings to each image.
Presence
• Clarity:0
• Vibrance:0
• Saturation:0

Sharpening
• amount:25
• radius :1
• detail : 25
• masking: 0

Noise Reduction
• Luminance : 0
• Detail : 50
• Contrast: 0
• Color: 25
• Detail: 50

and it does that to any image, regardless the iso.

To change these setting depending on the iso value go to the menu
- edit / preferences
- the second tab ‘Presets’ and check the 4th checkbox ‘Make defaults specific to camera ISO settings.’
(you can always reset them)

Then I took pictures of the same subject starting at iso100 -> iso51200

For each images I dialed the Sharpening and Noise Reduction in that looked (imho) best.
And to add this setting as default you have to be in develop mode, menu - develop / set default settings / update to Current Settings.

I haven’t found how I can export these settings so you can import them so here they are.


iso 100 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 15 - 50 - noise reduction - 05 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 140 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 15 - 50 - noise reduction - 08 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 200 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 15 - 50 - noise reduction - 11 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 280 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 15 - 50 - noise reduction - 14 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 400 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 15 - 50 - noise reduction - 17 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 560 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 15 - 50 - noise reduction - 20 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 800 - sharpening 40 - 1.0 - 12 - 50 - noise reduction - 23 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 1100 - sharpening 40 - 0.8 - 10 - 50 - noise reduction - 26 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 1600 - sharpening 40 - 0.8 - 10 - 50 - noise reduction - 29 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 2200 - sharpening 38 - 0.8 - 10 - 60 - noise reduction - 32 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 3200 - sharpening 36 - 0.8 - 10 - 60 - noise reduction - 36 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 4500 - sharpening 32 - 0.8 - 10 - 70 - noise reduction - 39 - 50 - 50 - 25 -50
iso 6400 - sharpening 30 - 0.8 - 10 - 70 - noise reduction - 42 - 50 - 50 - 30 -50
iso 9000 - sharpening 28 - 0.8 - 10 - 75 - noise reduction - 45 - 50 - 50 - 40 -60
iso 12800 - sharpening 26 - 0.8 - 10 - 80 - noise reduction - 48 - 50 - 50 - 45 -60
iso 18000 - sharpening 26 - 0.8 - 10 - 80 - noise reduction - 52 - 40 - 40 - 50 -60
iso 25600 - sharpening 24 - 0.8 - 10 - 85 - noise reduction - 55 - 40 - 40 - 50 -60
iso 36000 - sharpening 22 - 0.8 - 10 - 85 - noise reduction - 58 - 40 - 40 - 60 -65
iso 51200 - sharpening 20 - 0.8 - 10 - 90 - noise reduction - 60 - 50 - 40 - 70 -70



Default I always have the presence set to
Presence
• Clarity:+15
• Vibrancy:+20
• Saturation:+5


The camera has no special settings.

I know that I start with a noise reduction of 5 while there is no noise to be found at iso100.
Then again the setting 5 doesn’t do anything as far as i can detect.
I then add 6 to the luminance each stop.
At iso6400 I can detect a bit more Chroma noise so I start changing the color (noise reduction)

For the sharpening I start out an don’t change anything till 800, then I start slowly removing the detail, to prevent creating extra noise. I also add more masking to exclude sharpening noise.

I haven’t measured anything to get to these results, but a lot of graphs you find about noise suggest that the noise is added in a linear mode related to exposure stops (100-200-400-800-...)

These setting will not remove all noise but are a good place to start.

I hope this might help, and any and all C&C is more than welcome.

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I will try and see how will affect some of the shots.

Ronny, Thanks for shearing this information.
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An interesting discussion. I had forgotten that LR automatically adds a bit of sharpening at their default settings, and you are correct that adding sharpening can increase noise. I'll have to watch that, try lowering the sharpen amount when I'm working with high ISO shots. Very good point!
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I will try and see how will affect some of the shots.

Ronny, Thanks for shearing this information.
Thanks, I have to say that I have been real soft on removing noise.
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An interesting discussion. I had forgotten that LR automatically adds a bit of sharpening at their default settings, and you are correct that adding sharpening can increase noise. I'll have to watch that, try lowering the sharpen amount when I'm working with high ISO shots. Very good point!
Thanks Harriet

The idea is also that you can have lightroom itself add different NR and sharpening to pictures when you have different iso's.

You do have to have a bunch of pictures at different iso's to set it up, but the result is worth it. You'll see any shot when loaded in lightroom with specific default settings, making the camera even look better.

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