|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I see this image regularly as my daughter loves watching a slideshow of my photos, but it was only when I looked at the TN version the other day that I realised how bad it was! My RAW conversion and PP standards were dire back then, and mainly thanks to help from members here, and a lot of practice, I have honed my PP skills a lot, even if my actual picture-taking hasn't improved by the same amount.|
I decided to go back to the original RAW file and process it again for TN. I was mainly concerned with the lack of saturation and the excessive noise reduction which softened the original image. I used to use the default Adobe camera RAW settings of 25% noise reduction which I think has a negative effect on virtually every image.
What I did this time:
Adjusted virtually every setting in RAW conversion, reduced noise reduction to zero, saturated by 20% instead of 15%, tinkered with the exposure, brightness and contrast. Crop, re-size for TN, USM 200/0.3/3 on the Lightness channel, add border. I think it's a big improvement, don't you?
My original note:
Well they do make easy targets, although I suppose the term 'sitting duck' didn't come from photography but from a different kind of shooting, a kind I don't agree with.
Anyway, it's another mallard male as you know, nothing I can tell you about it that hasn't been written already on dozens of similar posts!
I can tell you more info about the photo details, though, if that interests you :)
(see Exif data for more)
Post processing (Adobe Photoshop CS2)
Convert from RAW
Luninance smoothing: 30%
Colour noise reduction: 30%
Slight crop (mainly from the top)
Re-size for TN
Unsharp Mask (I forget settings, but I usually use 150/1/2)
I really like this one and I hope you do too but feel free to critique as I'd like to learn from my mistakes.
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That said...the photography is okay!
- [2007-01-26 13:11]
Way, way, way better than the original shot. :) I can't believe now how terrible your pp abilities were back then. ;)
Have a good weekend!
Edit: Can you believe the critique I wrote for the original picture??? :D
- [2007-01-29 3:31]
I think you did a great job in the workshop. This would be the mallard I would recognise in the local park ;-)
Well performed! Cheers, Jacob