Since moving to a subscription service Adobe’s updates to Lightroom and Photoshop have been coming thick and fast. Perhaps their frequency makes us a little blasé when it comes to actually looking at what the changes are. Recently, Adobe, with little fanfare, gave us Lightroom Classic CC 7.3. (And is currently at 7.3.1) Concealed behind that innocuous numbering though was quite an update. One that had the potential to change the way we work in Lightroom. The headline addition here was profiles, although it's not so much an addition as a total revamp of them. Let’s take a look at what we are getting.
What Are Profiles?
For some years now Lightroom Profiles have given us the possibility to emulate certain in-camera picture styles. They were known as camera calibration profiles and they worked in conjunction with your camera’s RAW output to emulate the different film modes that your camera offered.
For example with my Fuji cameras, in JPEG mode I could shoot in a number of film simulation modes such as Velvia. If shooting RAW these would not be applied in camera. By using the Camera Calibration tab in the develop module I could apply a specific Fuji film profile to my RAW files or use Adobe’s Standard profile.
The thing about these profiles were that they were buried deep down in the Develop Module and only offered the Adobe defaults plus profiles associated with your camera’s picture modes. That all changed with Lightroom 7.3.