06/29/08 106 W, 1 I - + 17 - 11 Digital Photo Post-Processing


This is an example of digital photo post-processing, from this morning's house fire on Atkins Drive. Image 1 is right out of the camera, using a Canon Digital Rebel XT and a Canon 17-40mm F4 L lens. Priority shutter mode, ISO speed 1600. Shutter speed 1/60 sec., focal length 20.0 mm. With flash. Saved in Canon RAW format. Image 2, using Canon Digital Photo Professional software, adds sharpness. Image 3 changes white balance setting to Flash. Image 4 crops closely and changes to portrait orientation. Image 5 increases the exposure. Image 6 increases the contrast. Image 7 changes the picture style to Portrait. Click to view:





It sure can be a time consuming process to get an image just the way you want it. Your camera appears to exhibit relatively low noise levels at high ISOs, a good thing given the nature of your photography. Is 1600 the highest setting of which you camera is capable? Do you use any noise reduction software in you post-process work flow? Also, regarding your work flow, have you tried sharpening as the last step rather than your first? I find that I have better control over the sharpening results, if I wait, until at least after I’ve cropped. Oh, and I like the shallow DOF that you’ve utilized in some of your recent pohots like this one, http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2008-0.. . Keep up the good work.
[Todd D] (Web Site) - 06/30/08 - 18:31



  
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