- Jun 20, 2014
- Lightroom Experience
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I don’t print my own images as I don’t own my own inkjet printer, so on occasion when I need to have some 6x4’s printed, I send it to a Prolab, but 90% of the time, the prints come out looking rather gritty and seems slightly oversharpened. Some photos with blue skies even show visible banding.
My images are shot in RAW with a 5Dmkiii, editing in lightroom 5.4 on a Macbook 15” (2011) calibrated with a Spyder4.
Photos exported from Lightroom using SRGB, standard sharpening (glossy), 300dpi, JPG, resized to 6x4” (sharpening left on standard defaults in develop module).
I never had any bad prints using Adobe RGB, but ran into this problem since I’ve been using Lightroom in the Profoto RGB colorspace.
After some google research, I learning that I should be soft proofing my images, but I’m not really sure how to soft proof an image properly.
As far as I understand, some of the pro inkjet printers (such as Canon Pixma Pro) can produce a wider gamut than photo labs? However, I’m not sure if this will really solve my dilemma.
In some cases, even just applying a calibration profile in Lightroom (Adobe Standard or Xrite Colorchecker custom profile) straight after import into Lightroom, immediately shows out of gamut colors when I press the ’S’ button to preview Soft Proofing in t’he Develop module’ before any adjustments were even made on the image!
I’ve been applying the ‘Camera Neutral’ profile in some photos an attempt to compensate for the out of gamut warnings, but I doubt if this is the right way to go about it.
What concerns (and frustrates me a little) is the extra time it will now take to do soft proofing after the photo was edited.
I’m not sure where I’m going wrong in my workflow, but need some guidance here in order to get a faster workflow.
Your advice will be much appreciated.