Impossible to improve IQ in post?

Started Dec 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
Christian Grevstad
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Re: Impossible to improve IQ in post?
In reply to OniMirage, Dec 27, 2012

OniMirage wrote:

Sharpness in post editing is fake, indeed it only creates edge contrast to "appear" more sharp as the predetermined level of sharpness is already included in the file and cannot be manipulated much further without damaging the image. From a raw perspective however there is no initial sharpness unless your using a default profile that includes sharpness already. You need to balance the noise reduction "after" you have already adjusted the initial level of sharpness in the image. Further from this very little additional sharpness should be needed if any. If you go the other way, noise first, you will likely end up with muddy posterized images.

Interesting, thank you. Sharpness first, then noise reduction. I will shoot RAW tomorrow and give it another go in LR4.

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