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Flower post-processing

  • Posted Oct. 8, 2009 by Stefan Fletcher Viewed 3460 times

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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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    • # Piyali

      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!!

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    • # Michael Sakowicz

      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.

      2009.10.11 Edited Reply Cancel