M8 DNG Lightroom red color correction

Using mainly Lightroom for organizing and postprocessing digital images I could realize how wrong Lightroom is with red tones. After twickling color hue, saturation and luminance cursors I could get much more realistic results.

Here is the comparison snapshot from lightroom. The picture was taken with a WATE, no UV-IR filter, Lens detection M8 option “On”

Red before

After LR correction

Red after

Here are parameters used in LR to compensate and get a comparable to C1 photo. Of course you can tweak these parameters to get the result you like. Red color correction parameters may not work properly on other photos taken with different light conditions

Color correction

RED Hue / Sat / Lum = +27 / -27 / -48

Camera Calibration

(M8 no IR colorchecker calibrated Hue/Saturation)

  • Red -4 / +20
  • Green -8 / +6
  • Blue +6 / +19

Test with 35mm + UV-IR filter

LR is not that much better with UV-IR filter. Here is the photo to compare:

M8 C1 vs LR Red 35mm UV-IR comparison

Here is the comparison with correction in LR

M8 C1 vs LR Red 35mm UV-IR comparison LR corrected

Here are parameters used in LR to correct red. Of course you can tweak these parameters to get the result you like:

Color correction

RED Hue / Sat / Lum = +10 / -10 / -40

Camera Calibration

(M8 + IR colorchecker calibrated Hue/Saturation)

  • Red +0 / +12
  • Green +5 / +27
  • Blue +16 /-2