How to change Lightroom Classic’s default sharpening and noise settings

Our article about Lightroom’s raw processing upset some people. It described Lightroom’s default raw image file settings, which do produce more noise than rivals Capture One and DxO PhotoLab.

Lightroom Classic's default sharpening settings are quite aggressive and produce a lot of avoidable noise (left). There's no way this camera should have this much noise at ISO 200. Our adjusted settings (right) can be used as the new defaults for this camera. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at