Flower post-processing

by Stefan Fletcher October. 08, 2009 3560 views

For pcmcgarry [photoblog.com]

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.

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Carol 7 years, 11 months ago

..gorgeous shots...

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Jennye 8 years ago

beautiful work!
thanks for the lesson.

8 years ago Edited
Soulcurry 8 years ago

Thank you for the lesson.

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Thebronzebow 8 years ago

Thanks! Good lesson. Are you teaching your daughter at the same time?

8 years ago Edited
Dorothe 8 years ago

Good lesson! Wonderful flower!

8 years ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 8 years ago

Thanks for the lesson and the wonderful example.

8 years ago Edited
Hong S 8 years ago

very very beautiful.. so peaceful and quiet,,

8 years ago Edited
Piyali 8 years ago

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!!

8 years ago Edited
Mark 8 years ago

Beautiful image, brilliant crash course in post processing.

8 years ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 8 years ago

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.

8 years ago Edited
Ines 8 years ago

Beautiful set!!!

8 years ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 8 years ago

Beautiful flower photo!

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