UPDATED: Automatically Apply a Lens Correction To Your Imported Images


Here’s how to set up Lightroom so it will automatically, by default, apply a lens profile correction and chromatic aberration fixes to your Raw photos when you use a particular camera and lens.

STEP ONE: Open a RAW photo using the camera and lens you want to have Lightroom auto-correct (in my case, it’s RF-mount 24-240mm f/4-f/6.3 lens). Make sure all your sliders are set to their default positions (in other words, don’t make any changes or edits to the RAW file you opened).

NOTE: For many of the new Mirrorless cameras (Canon and Nikon for sure), the latest version of Lightroom turns on these lens corrections for you automatically, but not for DSLRs or DSLR lenses, so folks not shooting the latest mirrorless will still need to do this (or anyone whose mirrorless doesn’t automatically apply a lens correction).

STEP TWO: Go to the Lens Correction panel and turn on the checkbox to ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ and turn on the ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’ checkbox, as well (as shown above). You can see it applied the profile correction for my 24-240mm lens from Lightroom’s built-in database of lens corrections.

STEP THREE: Go to the Presets panel and choose “New Preset.” When the New Develop Preset window appears (shown above), click the “Check None” button at the bottom left to uncheck all the functions you could possibly include in this preset, and then only turn on the checkboxes to the left of ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’ and ‘Enable Profile Corrections’ (as seen above). Now click the ‘Create’ button to save that preset which only does one thing – it applies a Lens Correction.

STEP FOUR: Go to Lightroom’s Preferences, and click on the Presets tab up top. Where it says ‘Raw Defaults’ click on the pop-up menu next to Global and choose ‘Preset,’ and then from the preset pop-up menu that appears navigate to the Lens Correction preset you just created (as shown above). That’s it – now when you import a Raw image, it will automatically apply a Lens Correction profile (provided of course, that a lens profile exists in Lightroom for your particular lens).

For more info on setting custom defaults check out Rob’s article right here.

Hope you found that helpful, and here’s wishing you a fantastic Monday!

-Scott