The Autel Nano+ is a remarkable drone for its photographic capabilities in a tiny 249g package — a key consideration for easy flying in many countries.
There’s just one problem for photographers: the default camera RAW profile in Adobe products does a very poor job with the colors of the Nano+’s DNG (raw) files. To fix this, I shot a calibrated color chart with my Nano+ and used it to generate a custom camera profile for Adobe Camera Raw. You can install this onto your Mac or PC, restart any open Adobe applications, and then choose the new profile from the Profile Browser in Camera Raw, Photoshop or Lightroom.
How to install a custom Adobe Camera RAW profile
You need to copy the file to an Adobe settings directory that is under your home directory.
On a PC, it goes into C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles
Remember to replace Username with your actual user name!
On a Mac, it goes into /Users/Username/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles
There’s an additional twist for Mac users — by default the Library directory is hidden, so you won’t see it in the Finder. But there’s a way to get there easily
- Switch to the Finder
- Hold down the Option key
- Move your mouse pointer up to the “Go” menu on the menu bar
- Select “Library” from the list that appears
From there you can double-click on Application Support and then navigate your way down to the CameraProfiles folder.
Why you need this Adobe Camera Raw profile for the Nano+
The camera sensor in the Nano+ is unusual: it’s an RYYB (Red Yellow Yellow Blue) color mosaic. Nearly all digital camera sensors use RGGB (Red Green Green Blue) color mosaic. The advantage of RYYB is that it lets in more light. The downside is that Adobe applications were built around the assumption of a sensor with RGB colors. The color profile I made helps Adobe Camera Raw do a far better job of rendering colors than the default, but it’s not perfect. In particular, white balance controls are completely wrong for the RYYB sensor — I strongly recommend starting with “As shot” white balance, and then making any (gentle) adjustments from there.