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Editing raw files

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Been shooting raw for a while now and I still struggle with editing skin tones in Lightroom. Im using nikon cameras and when I shoot in raw I seem to get a red cast on skin tones a lot. If I put the picture control in portrait I get a much more neutral and more appealing skin tones. What would be the best way to get rid of the red cast on the skin tones when editing raw files? Would I just use the HSL saturation sliders?
 
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Did you select a portrait camera profile in Lightroom?
 
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To reduce red you can indeed use HSL and either lower the saturation of red, or change the hue the red tones very slightly, but Lightroom does not have camera profiles for no reason. Choosing an appropriate profile is the very first step when you edit images, not the last step.
 

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To reduce red you can indeed use HSL and either lower the saturation of red, or change the hue the red tones very slightly, but Lightroom does not have camera profiles for no reason. Choosing an appropriate profile is the very first step when you edit images, not the last step.
I hear u, in my eyes it just seams like cheating, lol. Thank u for the help and I will give that a try.
 
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I hear u, in my eyes it just seams like cheating, lol. Thank u for the help and I will give that a try.

The RAW image has to be converted to RGB pixels. To do this you need to apply some tone corrections, White Balance, Sharpening and Noise reduction. The camera profiles were developed for this purpose to correct the adjustments needed for each camera/lens combination. These are just the basic adjustments. If you shoot JPEG, the tiny processing engine built into the camera software does something similar because all photos start out as RAW. The advantage of Lightroom is that you can make these adjustment decisions AFTER the photo is taken rather that rely upon the adjustment decisions made in the camera setup BEFORE the shutter is snapped. Camera profiles represent the best effort minimum adjustments needed to get an image in front of the viewer.


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I hear u, in my eyes it just seams like cheating, lol. Thank u for the help and I will give that a try.
Camera profiles are an essential part of raw processing.
 

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Thank u all for the replies, I always select the correct lens profile but have always left the camera profile to adobe color. I will start making that change first from now on and see how it works. Thank u all again!
 
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