Developing α7 RAW images

Started Mar 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
JeffGo Contributing Member • Posts: 840
Re: Developing α7 RAW images

Mel Snyder wrote:

Viramati wrote:

le_alain wrote:


Lightroom is poor for managing noise/sharpness, and colors.

it's the best to revover highlight, and for the workflow

I bought photoninja for the A7, it's excellent for details, noise, color, generally good for highlights, fails sometimes though

it needs more tools, but update come quickly, can be integrated in lightroom

I'm sorry but I have to disagree. Lr5.3 has very powerful noise and sharpening tools but they take quite a bit of practice and knowledge to get the best out of them. There are some excellent tutorials online.

as a basic starting point setting for base iso try this for A7 files with landscape and architecture.

Clarity +10


amount 60

radius 0.7

detail 70

masking 25


Thanks! I had all but radius and masking the same - I always left them at default because I couldn't see their impact. I find playing with sharpness and luminescence to be valuable in managing noise without losing detail. Otherwise your settings are the same as mine.

Masking is one of the most important sharpening controls. That allows you to sharpen the detail while leaving things like the sky alone, and that in turn lessens the need for NR. Hold down the alt key as you move the slider and you can set the black areas to not get sharpened.

Radius comes into play when you have lots of fine detail. I am not sure why it has such a broad range as .7 to 1.0 seems sufficient. Lots of detail, drop to .7 or .8; not so much, leave it at 1.0.

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