Linear Profiles… if you spend a great deal of time editing RAW files, you have more than likely heard of Linear Profiles. By design, Linear profiles are made from a DNG copy of your camera-specific RAW file. They are brought into Adobe’s DNG editor, and the tone curve for the RAW file is flattened. This makes the curve linear and removes the contrast bump hidden in the camera manufacturer’s RAW file.
Okay, so then what do we do with it? We use that Linear profile as a starting point in the RAW process. Is it worth all the effort? Do we genuinely gain anything from the process?
I’ll give you my thoughts in this video today. This was NOT meant to be a how-to guide to making Linear Profiles. This video was made to show the process I use to see if something will change in my workflow.
00:47 Linear Profiles explained
02:59 Linear Profiles vs. Regular Profiles
09:20 When Linear Profiles AREN’T Necessary
13:08 Linear Profiles Primary Benefit
14:10 Linear Profiles and HDR Brackets
16:00 Benefits of Linear Profiles
16:50 Downsides of Linear Profiles