Invertebrate processing exercise - images, products, methods

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Invertebrate processing exercise - images, products, methods
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Over the past couple of weeks I have been experimenting with alternative workflows for processing invertebrate images. It began as a simple question as to whether or not to make greater use of Topaz DeNoise AI now version 2 includes batch processing, but ended up with me deciding to make some major changes to my processing workflow. For those who are interested in such things and are prepared to wade through or skim a lot of text I will use some response posts to write up what I did and where it led me. For those who are more interested in images rather than processing products and methods, the 60 images I worked on are in this album at Flickr.

For those who prefer not to click away from the site there are 8 of them below and (so as to not break Forum Rule 18) another 8 in each of two response posts titled "Second set of 8 images" and "Third set of 8 images".

These 24 images were captured between 2012 and 2019 as raw, in our garden and at local nature reserves. All used close-up lenses on telezoom lenses (EF-S 55-250 STM on Canon 70D, 45-175 on Panasonic G3, G5, G80 and G9, and fixed 25-600 equivalent lens on Panasonic FZ200 and FZ330).

Four of the captures used natural light (images 1.1, 1.7, 2.5, and 3.7, the first three of these using a tripod, hand-held for the last one). The rest were captured hand-held using flash.

The raw files were converted and processed in DXO PhotoLab 3 Elite to produce DNG files that were then processed in Lightroom Classic to produce 1300 pixel high JPEGs. All but two of them had additional noise reduction and sharpening applied using Topaz DeNoise AI 2.0, either from within Lightroom before the JPEG was exported, or applied to the JPEG after it had been produced by Lightroom.

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Canon EOS 70D Panasonic G85 Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
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