Flower post-processing

by Stefan Fletcher October. 08, 2009 3735 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 11 years, 6 months ago

..gorgeous shots...

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Jennye 11 years, 7 months ago

beautiful work!
thanks for the lesson.

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Soulcurry 11 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for the lesson.

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Thebronzebow 11 years, 7 months ago

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

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Dorothe 11 years, 7 months ago

Good lesson! Wonderful flower!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the lesson and the wonderful example.

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Hong S 11 years, 7 months ago

very very beautiful.. so peaceful and quiet,,

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Piyali 11 years, 7 months 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!!

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Michael Sakowicz 11 years, 7 months 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.

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Ines 11 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful set!!!

11 years, 7 months ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 11 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful flower photo!

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