Asked • 03/19/19

Why does my Lightroom/Photoshop preview change after loading?

Everybody who is using Lightroom probably has seen this. After importing RAW files, Lightroom shows a preview, but contrast and color of the preview change after a few short seconds to a slightly different view.For some users the change is small, for others the change is huge. Colors are different (read: wrong), contrast is off.Rumor says this is happening only (more?) for Nikon users.What is Lightroom doing here?I'd guess that for the first preview, LR is showing the JPG preview file, which is embedded in the RAW file. Then after a moment, LR renders the RAW file itself to show it's own interpretation.But why is this interpretation so different from the embedded JPG?

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Mark T. answered • 03/21/19

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