Workflow / Post Processing (tutorial) ...long...

Started Nov 27, 2004 | Discussions thread
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Flat view
gonzalu
gonzalu Forum Pro • Posts: 10,389
Workflow / Post Processing (tutorial) ...long...

DISCLAIMER: This is a VERY LONG tutorial. I apologize for its size but I wanted it to be as complete and detailed as possible.

I wanted to put together a tutorial on how I take a picture from its original form as a RAW file all the way up to the finished product. This is only but one of a thousand ways it can go, but I believe it covers a lot of ground in producing better images from your captured originals.

In this case, I am working with a picture shot back in the summer on a trip to Las Vegas of The Venitian Hotel and Casino. The original was okay but I wanted to improve the details in the shadow areas and overall color balance and saturation changes.

We start with the RAW image in Nikon Capture 4.1.0

Here is the original picture which has been converted from NEF in NC with no adjustments, pushed over to PSCS and resized. No adjustments have been made up to this point. All images have been resized for the web.

The first thing I like to do is improve on the overall look of the image. BEfore trying out various combinations, I like to try out a few of the numerous excellent custom curves that are vailable out there. In this case, I settled on the Fuji Reala Digital Curve.

On the Curves palette, click on the menu icon and select Load...

Now navigate to wherever you have your custom curves saved and select the one you want to use.

Look at the bottom of this tutorial for more references on Custom Curves

[CONTINUED ON NEXT POST DUE TO LIMITS ON POSTING SIZE]

 gonzalu's gear list:gonzalu's gear list
Sony RX100 III Nikon D4S Nikon D7200 Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED +19 more
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Flat view
Post (hide subjects) Posted by
ForumParentFirstPrevious
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow