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Using a LUT for photography? (7 replies and 17 comments)

David W
2 months ago
David W 2 months ago

Roger and all forum members, 

I always shoot RAW for my still photography and edit contrast, saturation, balance the exposure, and sometimes I'll warm up or cool down the colors in the image. Doing this takes a lot of time and I'd prefer to spend as little time as possible editing the RAW image.

Is there a way to create and apply a LUT to my photos just like a cinematographer would? I use the free nikon NX-d software. Below are some of my shots.

Thank you!

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/DSC_7430_00001.jpg
David W
2 months ago
David W 2 months ago

Some reason only one posted.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/20190729_192942.jpg
David W
2 months ago
David W 2 months ago

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Mike
2 months ago

This one is also interesting, good travelogue picture. The lamp is nice, how did you get the blue window chill?

Robert Dempsey
2 months ago

You cannot add a graphic in the add comment box on the reply box at the end of the page

David W
2 months ago

Thank you Mike, I shot that at dawn with the wb at 3200 to get that color.

David W
2 months ago
David W 2 months ago

One more, sorry.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/20190608_174329.jpg
Robert Dempsey
2 months ago

When posting if you want to pst a group of pics they all have to be from the same directory and it works fine that way just not trying to post the from diff directories at the same time.

David W
2 months ago

Thank you, I'll try that out next time.

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

 

Do you not have a menu on your camera which stores your favourite settings. The Nikon D4 and D5 have it.

David W
2 months ago

I use D7000, not sure if it has this feature.

Stuart Brereton
2 months ago
Stuart Brereton 2 months ago

AFAIK, all raw conversion software for stills, like Adobe Camera Raw and Capture One, work by first converting your Raw file to sRGB or Adobe RGB. All the adjustments you make to the picture use the raw data, but within those colorspaces. If you have favorite looks that you like to apply, ACR lets you save presets, as does Capture One. No idea if your Nikon software can do this.

cameronrad
2 months ago
cameronrad 2 months ago

Why was my reply in this thread deleted?

It answered the question.

cameronrad
2 months ago

David W. had even replied thanking me and his response was deleted as well.

Robert Dempsey
2 months ago

Not sure RAD when was it posted?

Mike
2 months ago

Not me! I have not deleted anything from Cameronrad. Was this a recent post?

Mike
2 months ago

Or David W. These were interesting posts so cannot understand where they went.

Mike
2 months ago

If you can remember the wording, then insert the post back in.

David W
2 months ago

I remember this, Cameron sent a link for setting up a LUT in photoshop and I thanked him, it was deleted the next day I believe. I dont remember the date.

Mike
2 months ago

Sorry about that but it wasn’t me or Robert. Perhaps Cameron can re-post it.
Btw, some time back some of my posts disappeared, it didn’t happen that often I must admit. Could be a “phantom” spammer who loves playing games!

James
2 months ago

Cameron, it could have been me. I was in full spam removal gear and I may have pulverized innocent bystanders in the process. If I did, I am very sorry.

cameronrad
2 months ago

No worries. I'll try and remember what I wrote.

cameronrad
2 months ago
cameronrad 2 months ago

Hi David,

In regards to using 3DLUTs with still images, there are a few options/workflow. Here are a couple.

Photoshop - In Photoshop you can add a Color Lookup Adjustment layer» and use that to apply LUTs to still images. Be sure your working color space/image color space matches the one your LUT was intended for. For instance, if you have a Rec709 LUT, be sure your image and photoshop are operating in Rec709 Gamma 2.4.

Adobe Camera RAW/Lightroom - Another newer workflow allows for the use of 3DLUTs within ACR/LR. However it isn't quite as simple as applying them like a layer. You have to combine them with camera profiles to make what is known as an "Enhanced Camera Profile". The full details can be found here and in their downloadable SDK. https://theblog.adobe.com/profiles-profiles-work-make/»

Just a note, if you try using the ACR/LR method I've noticed an error gets thrown by ACR if the LUT has any blank text lines in it. An easy way to fix that is to open the .cube file in a text editor and delete that blank line and resave the file. It's usually the 2nd line thats blank. 🙂

David W
2 months ago

You could not be more helpful Cameron, many many thanks.

cameronrad
2 months ago

If you run into any issues, let me know and I'll try to help out. 🙂

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