Post Processing

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Johnny Royale
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Post Processing
Mar 30, 2004

Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing. I've got photoshop 7 (I think that's the vesrion) and would like to get some opinions on what typical post processing is done and to what degree.

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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 30, 2004

I'm just an amateur, but Unsharp Mask is your friend.

Auto Levels seems to work about 30% of the time, or you can adjust the color levels yourself...

Johnny Royale wrote:

Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing.
I've got photoshop 7 (I think that's the vesrion) and would like to
get some opinions on what typical post processing is done and to
what degree.

Thanks.

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Bakul Vyas
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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 30, 2004

Johnny Royale wrote:

Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing.

Hi Jhony,

It all depends on what you want.

If you want to keep it as a photograph,
1. Level adjustment
2. Whit Balance
3. Crop / Resize if required
4. Contrast / Curves
5. Sharpenning / USM
6. Last but not least - Save the picture file

Please help me, if I have missed some step

If you want to create an art work out of your picture, there are many techniques and on top of all available methods, you can create your own.
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Johnny Royale wrote:

Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing.
I've got photoshop 7 (I think that's the vesrion) and would like to
get some opinions on what typical post processing is done and to
what degree.

Thanks.

Crop. Levels. Resize. Unsharp masking.

All the rest depends on the photo. (The cropping does too to some extent but I usually convert to 4/3 for pbase).

Quite common:

High Pass filter sharpening
Curves

Less common:

All kinds of things

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In reply to RATPhoto, Mar 30, 2004

I forgot to mention I usually shoot RAW so I always go through the work flow with C1 Rebel when I do.

That usually involves deciding on white balance and exposure (either of which may or may not change from what was shot).

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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 30, 2004

I normally do the following-

Saturate the colour.

Manually move the levels sliders and visually check.

Unsharp mask.

I hope this helps.

cheers

Johnny Royale wrote:

Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing.
I've got photoshop 7 (I think that's the vesrion) and would like to
get some opinions on what typical post processing is done and to
what degree.

Thanks.

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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 30, 2004

don't forget to always save as a Tiff file not a jpeg. If you want to work with raw, you may want to upgrade to photoshop cs, it has a number of nice goodies for digital photographers.

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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 30, 2004

Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing.
I've got photoshop 7 (I think that's the vesrion) and would like to
get some opinions on what typical post processing is done and to
what degree.

http://www.s93436876.onlinehome.us/html/Articles/Workflow.htm

Usually, I shoot RAW and take care of the white balance either while I'm shooting or when I convert my RAW files ( or a little of both ), then adjust the brightness ( curves ) and saturation ( channel mixer ) in Photoshop. If I want to print I'll sharpen and save; if I'm making something for the web I'll resize it first, and sharpen less aggressively.

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To get you started
In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 31, 2004

http://luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/instant_photoshop.shtml

  • Levels or Curves is usually a must. A good black/shadow level is the key to strong, contrasty images (unless a washed out, hazy look is desired).

  • UnSharp Mask (USM) can be used two ways: sharpening (high %, low radius) and local contrast enhancement (low %, high radius):

http://luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/contrast-enhancement.shtml

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It all depends...
In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 31, 2004

For me, it really depends both on the photo itself and how "perfect" I want to try to make it.

In general, I think that just by adjusting exposure, contrast, saturation, and color balance, USM, you can make dramatic improvements to your photos.

Some advice...

1. Learn to use layers and layer masks instead of modifying the original background layer.

2. Always keep an original, un-retouched version ("digital negative")--don't save over the original file.

3. I also save all my edits to a .psd file--no compression losses, and I can go back and tweak any of my edits.

4. Have fun!

I really enjoy working with PS. It's a lot of fun. If you're really interested in learning a lot about it, check out the retouching forum. Lots of helpful people in there.

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Just picked up the 300D and I've read a lot about post processing.
I've got photoshop 7 (I think that's the vesrion) and would like to
get some opinions on what typical post processing is done and to
what degree.

Thanks.

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Omar047
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Re: It all depends...
In reply to Chewie, Mar 12, 2012

I'm also wanting to take my photos to the next level. I shoot a Nikon D300s and after reading what others are doing I'm wondering if Photoshop 7 is the right step for me. I currently use Picisa 3 which is very, very little.

Can I continue to shoot JPEG and then improve my photos or do I need to shoot in a different format and PP.

I would be greatful if someone would suggest a middle of the road software to do some improvedments to my photos.

Thanks!

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In reply to Omar047, Mar 12, 2012

You do recognize that you just replied to a message from 2004, right?

Check out Adobe Lightroom 4 which came out just a few days ago, here's dpreview's own review:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7481161037/lightroom-4-review

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In reply to peierls, Mar 12, 2012

Opps, didn't look at the date just interested in learning about making a better photo. Can you suggest a beginners Photoshop?

Thanks

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Mohit Arora
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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 13, 2012

As others in the forum also suggested, it really depends on the photograph. For me I do the following things on almost all the photographs I am post-processing.

1. Crop , Resize
2. Duplicate layer and turn it into grayscale using Channel Mixer

3. Merge the layers in one or different modes (Overlay, Screen or Light or my favs most of the times) or Just leave it grayscale
4. Add another layer for adjusting contrast or Levels

5. Some Cross Process or other effect again depending on what effect I am looking fwd to.

Using layers and layer masks always gives you the liberty to play with your picture w/o damaging the original one. I also tend to save the final output as PSD with all the layers intact so that I can always come back to the image for any different changes.

If you are working with RAW images, Photoshop CS5 has a great tool of making 'Auto' adjustments when you open RAW images (not sure if at all this feature was there in previous versions or how good it was). Most of the times it works well for me. If not, I just note down the all values which "Auto" setting sets and then play around those values to achieve the effect I desire.

Hope this helps!

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In reply to Mohit Arora, Mar 13, 2012

I appreciate the response but I really need to know what to begin with, I have no idea what all this means yet, gray scale, overlay, etc. I'm just asking what program to begin with.

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In reply to Omar047, Mar 13, 2012

I'd startt by shooting raw and use the raw conveerter that came with the camera. For canon that's digital photo deluxe.

If yoou want te buy a better general photoeditor i'd look into photoshop elements. If it's a photomanager with good and fast workflow whatt you need, have a look at lightroom.

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In reply to Johnny Royale, Mar 13, 2012

You have a relatively old version of Photoshop but that's ok.

Look at Photoshop as being many programs in one.

There are many wasy to do similar things in Photoshop. What you should do is determine what you're trying to do (you will end up doing more or less the same thing with most of you shots), develop a process, practice it so that you spend very little time on each image and then use it.

Of course, some imgaes will need almost nothing and other may require major surgery. However, in general you images will need a bit on a boost in B&W contract, color contract and some sharpening.

Other will have different names for the above but that's mostly what you'll do.

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