Pa’i ki’i Imagery

February 18, 2017

What have you got in your workflow?

I’ve used Lightroom since it’s first public beta.  Over the years I’ve added different presets, mostly in the Develop Module. (How many B&W presets do I really need!!??)   I’ve also incorporated additional editing software.  Various iterations of On1 products ,The Nik collection (Efex Pro, Viveza,Dfine Etc.) and recently added Perfect Exposure.  I was reminded that I have the NIK Collection ( It’s Freeee. ) after seeing this blog post How to Sharpen Your Photos using Lightroom and Nik Efex by Pete Demarco  I had a picture I could practice on. A Mother Duck and ducklings were out feeding in the morning recently. There was some nice early morning light giving them a bit of backlit effect.  However, I  was not happy with my results.  They were just too soft.  I’ve got a low end zoom lens so it wasn’t a surprise but it was disappointing.  Enter  the Output Sharpener. After adjusting the settings per Pete’s recommendation. I got this result:

 

ducks sharp

On the left is the result using Output sharpening. Compared to the right Mom’s feathers are just a little better.  Where it’s more noticeable is the chicks fur and the water droplets on their bodies.  I outputted this from LR without any additional sharpening.  Now I need to practice with the other parts of the Collection!

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