I’m getting some really good color matching using a Nikon D5600 NEF RAW image alongside the D5600 camera processed JPEG images by switching on “Tone Curve” for the D5600 DCP profile!
My current process follows:
Using the Neutral Rawtherapee profile alongside the included camera automatically detected DCP profile.
Once the Color > DCP “Tone Curve” option is checked, colors brighten and match pretty good. (Funny, the option states if one isn’t available for the D5600 DCP profile, this option is not activated by default, but upon checking the option colors significantly improve.) I then activate Exposure > “Tone Mapping” (using just the default values), and colors further look at their peak desirable appearance. At this point, I then slightly adjust Exposure > Dark and Light values, along with some very slight modifications to Contrast/Saturation, and the image looks really awesome!
Basically I get an image looking almost looking exactly like the camera processed image by using the tone mapping options, then I fiddle with the previously mentioned light/dark/contrast/saturation values slightly to make the image look far better than the camera process image. Of course I forgot to mention one of the first steps I always perform, activate Detail > Noise Reduction > Luminance/“Luminance Detail”.
Any feedback on what I’ve performed here when activating Tone Curves for the DCP and Exposure menu?