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Flower post-processing

The RAW capture, i.e., what came straight out of the camera
The RAW capture is flat, the midtones predominate, making a beautiful white lily grey and dull. By increasing the highlights, darkening the shadows and adjusting the midtones, the image is given more drama and contrast. (In the conversion to PB's narrower sRGB colour space, I blew out the highlights above the stamen - sorry.)
Sharpening: all images come out of digital cameras, scanners, etc., slightly soft. This has nothing to do with focusing. Every digital image can stand a little sharpening, although it is easy to overdo it. Most post-processing applications feature a sharpening or "unsharp mask" tool. It may not be quite so obvious on a website, but try comparing the first and third and even the second and third images. In No. 3, the texture of the lily comes out; the tip and the stamen are more noticeable.
For pcmcgarry
????? Great shots and nice to see the difference, how subtle it may be. I only recently started sharpening my shots, and it does make a difference.......for the better :-)
????? · 2009-10-11: 05:32
hannamagnusson Beautiful flower photo!
hannamagnusson · 2009-10-11: 06:08
agnes65 Beautiful set!!!
agnes65 · 2009-10-11: 07:51
smbunation Nice lesson. I agree all the way too about the sharpening. I learned a while ago when saving for the web like this, to sharpen at the very end, after the down-sizing has been done. I believe now it is the only way to go.
smbunation · 2009-10-11: 09:31
yellodog Beautiful image, brilliant crash course in post processing.
yellodog · 2009-10-11: 09:46
bedazzled When it comes to sharpening I end up adding more grains to my images, you did a great job here. I guess I overdid it as you had mentioned.Thanks for the tutorial Stefan, it always helps to see such great outcomes with post processing!!
bedazzled · 2009-10-11: 11:14
jessicashan very very beautiful.. so peaceful and quiet,,
jessicashan · 2009-10-11: 11:54
Ryana Thanks for the lesson and the wonderful example.
Ryana · 2009-10-11: 12:28
Wasichseh Good lesson! Wonderful flower!
Wasichseh · 2009-10-11: 13:47
thebronzebow Thanks! Good lesson. Are you teaching your daughter at the same time?
thebronzebow · 2009-10-11: 14:00
SoulCurry Thank you for the lesson.
SoulCurry · 2009-10-11: 23:55
jennye beautiful work!
thanks for the lesson.
jennye · 2009-10-12: 13:14
curlyq60 ..gorgeous shots...
curlyq60 · 2009-10-26: 20:15
????? Amazing
????? · 2009-11-12: 06:32
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