P&P Workflow: #6

by Jason D. Moore

Before:

Taken near the corner of 72nd Street & Central Park West, NYC 1/30/2007, 11:08 AM. Taken with available light, no flash.
  • Nikon D50
    Auto Exposure Mode
    18.0-50.00 f/3.5-5.6 lens
    1/640 at f/4.2
    ISO 200
    Focal Length 26mm
    RAW

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0:

  • Cropped to constrain proportions and make sure the right side of the subject was roughly along the left-hand third.
  • In Develop Module:
    -Basic:
    White Balance: As Shot
    Temp: 5150
    Tint: -12
    Exposure: +0.61
    Recovery: 100
    Fill Light: 0
    Blacks: 28
    -Tone Curve:
    Highlights: +8
    Lights: +11
    Darks: +4
    Shadows: -18
    -Split Toning:
    Highlights: Hue-42, Saturation-12
    Shadows: Hue-229, Saturation-8

In Photoshop CS3 Beta:

  • Lab Sharpening:
    -Duplicate the background layer
    -Convert for Smart Filters
    -Convert to Lab Color
    -Select the Lightness channel
    -Apply an unsharp mask with the settings (Amount: 149%, Radius: 1.1px, Threshold: 0 levels)
    -Convert back to RGB. (Don’t rasterize or flatten when prompted.
  • Apply a radial gradient (white to black) from the center of the main subject outward to increase his sharpness while leaving the rest of the image, as is.
After:

*If you would like to contribute to the P&P Workflow, please email Jason.
Comments:
  • Mike
    Reply

    Thanks for the explanation…

    One question – do you feel this could have been achieved purely in Lightroom? What was it about the image after the work in LR that needed further processing in PS?

    February 27, 2007 at 1:07 pm
  • Jason D. Moore
    Reply

    Mainly PS was used because of sharpening. In a full-res version you would notice that auto focus was targeted closer to the depth of the tree rather than the man. So, in PS I could selectively sharpen him while leaving the rest of the image at the decent level of sharpening that the camera produced.

    February 27, 2007 at 5:59 pm

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