Sony a7rII – Colour Theory & Free Profiles

In time, I will discuss colour theory in regards to the Sony a7II, Sony a7sII and Sony a7rII, and the relevant applications used to create colour profiles. I also aim to provide various colour profiles made using various lenses under various lighting conditions.

It will take a while to complete this page but for now, please try out a couple of free colour profiles I have created; hopefully you will find them useful:

  Sony a7rII - Zeiss Loxia 50mm Colour Profile (53.3 KiB, 27 hits)
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  Sony a7rII - Zeiss Loxia 50mm Colour Profile Accurate (53.3 KiB, 24 hits)
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C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

These free Sony a7rII camera colour profiles should be stored at the location above. Change “username” to whatever is appropriate.

 

The second free Sony a7rII camera colour profile is the most accurate but the first is usable depending on the reds in your scene. Using the second free Sony a7rII camera colour profile and no other edits, what I have created seems fairly accurate.

As you can see, the grass is a rich, accurate green and there’s plenty of dynamic range without having to adjust the shadow/highlight bars. The photograph is completely unedited excluding the free Sony a7rII camera colour profile that has been applied.

<h3 style=”text-align: center;”>Adobe colours are completely incorrect by default</h3>
I’ve been playing with Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Image Data Converter (made by Sony), and JPGs from my Sony a7rII. I notice that by default, the colours from a RAW look vastly different to the JPGs out of camera. I know most people frown upon JPG shooting (myself included) but I somewhat prefer the colours; they look more natural.

After playing around with the options quite a lot, I’ve managed to get close to mimicking the JPG colours without too much hassle.  Image Data Converter does it straight off the bat, and it’s interesting why Sony haven’t collaborated with Adobe. In my opinion, it’s a huge hassle to have to use that program and then export the files as tiff, to then edit them in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom.<!–more–>

I’ve also discovered a few bugs with the Adobe Camera Raw options, especially when defaults are saved. I’m not sure when I’ll have the article completed, but I’ll post an update when it’s done.

The differences seem subtle at first but upon looking at many different photographs, the differences are obvious.

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2 thoughts on “Sony a7rII – Colour Theory & Free Profiles”

    1. Yeah it works fine for me, but in my experience different colour profiles are useful under different lighting conditions. Are you using these in natural light, and with which lens? If I have the lens, I could try mimic that setup and make a colour profile for you.

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