Friday, April 10, 2015

A Short Discussion about Post Processing

I am a believer in post-processing.  In fact, over the last few years both light room and Photoshop with each induration have gotten better and post-processing.  What also helps is the number of different plug-ins that are available, including those from Topaz, NIK, OnOne and others.  Along with a good number of free information that is available on the web.

I am going to show you two sets of pictures that was taken just after sunset, utilizing a Nikon D7100, Nikkor 500 mm f/4 plus a 1.7 X converter on a tripod.  The settings were 1/100 second,f/5.6 and ISO 3200.  As you look at the pictures before the post-processing you will see that there is a large amount of noise and the pictures.  After post-processing, utilizing both light room and Photoshop, Topaz Clarity and Detail .  I then selected out the backgrounds into a separate layer and utilized DeNoise to decrease the noise.  Then I used a technique from Denise Ippolito and Artie Morris using surface blur to finish up the picture.

In the next blog.  I will take you step-wise in the process that I use.

 Barn Owl (Tyto alba) 

Original
Post-Processed
Original
Post-Processed



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