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Jan 14, 2013 22:35 |  #1

I went out last night. I snapped a few photos. I got this one which seemed to come out with quite a bit of detail. I was really impressed by the detail. I rarely get photos with this much detail and I really would like more of it (focus misses or it's just not sharp in general). But, what kind of editing would you do? This is basically straight out of the camera. Any suggestions on how to get photos with this much detail? (Hair, face, etc.) I can upload a higher resolution (the detail is pretty good at full resolution too).

Photo is just a semi-candid/portrait of an adult male.
http://img593.imagesha​ck.us/img593/3445/img0​080fl.jpg (external link)

The info is in the image, but it was shot with the 50mm at F/4, 1/200th second, ISO 400, with a flash firing (ETTL mode and bouncing off a wall/ceiling). I might have had exposure compensation 1 stop down. I can't recall and don't know if I can get that out of the EXIF data.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 23:04 |  #2

Have you thought about B&W? I just did a quick edit, hope you don't mind.

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Jan 14, 2013 23:24 |  #3

I agree I'd go B&W on this one. There's not a lot of color there to do a great edit with, but my other option would be to do some work with curves and levels


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Jan 15, 2013 02:21 |  #4

Damian75 wrote in post #15490016 (external link)
Have you thought about B&W? I just did a quick edit, hope you don't mind.

I'm curious as how you got it to look like that. A simple B&W conversion in lightroom doesn't seem to produce a similar result.

I've seen similar photos where the details seem even more 'sharp' in B&W. I don't know what people are doing to get that...




  
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Jan 15, 2013 02:41 |  #5

TridenTBoy wrote in post #15490450 (external link)
I'm curious as how you got it to look like that. A simple B&W conversion in lightroom doesn't seem to produce a similar result.

I've seen similar photos where the details seem even more 'sharp' in B&W. I don't know what people are doing to get that...

Not really sure what options you have in lightroom as I don't use it. The one I posted was done in photoshop with the channel mixer, curves a little dodging and burning and the unsharp mask filter.


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Jan 15, 2013 08:48 as a reply to  @ Damian75's post |  #6

IMAGE: http://victorjayfoster.com/forum_uploads/potn/img0080fl(shunsai).jpg


I have no problem with the colors. I think it's a nice portrait. I lightened it a bit then tried to add a little more contrast.

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Jan 15, 2013 08:52 |  #7

Damian75 wrote in post #15490016 (external link)
Have you thought about B&W? I just did a quick edit, hope you don't mind.

Hey Damian75, how would I post my uploaded edit within my post like you did? i uploaded it to my my site and put the URL in the image brackets, but it showed up blank... so i just pasted the URL underneath it.

EDIT: Nevermind... I mistyped the address. ;)


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Jan 15, 2013 16:07 |  #8

I took a quick shot at a color one to.

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Jan 15, 2013 16:12 |  #9

Wow, its 100 times better as a BW




  
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Jan 15, 2013 18:07 |  #10

Very nice Damian! - Can you create an action for this ? :$ - pretty please? :D


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Jan 15, 2013 18:22 as a reply to  @ Moin's post |  #11

I think that it's a cracking shot but as everyone said, black & white.




  
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Jan 15, 2013 18:31 |  #12

Damian's B&W is excellent. Shunsai's color rendition is also excellent. I don't care for the skin in Damian's color rendition, too sharp and looks unnatural.


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Jan 15, 2013 18:48 |  #13

Damian's B&W version is definitely the best.


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Jan 15, 2013 18:52 |  #14

TridenTBoy wrote in post #15489904 (external link)
Any suggestions on how to get photos with this much detail? (Hair, face, etc.) I can upload a higher resolution (the detail is pretty good at full resolution too).

what 50mm are you using? stepping it down to F4 might be the reason you got so much detail.

Also most lenses have sweet spots in the focusing range, some are better at MFD than at infinity or in between.


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Jan 15, 2013 22:19 |  #15

Moin wrote in post #15493370 (external link)
Very nice Damian! - Can you create an action for this ? :$ - pretty please? :D

Thanks. As for an action I don't really use them for anything other than batch resizing. I keep a recipe book of things I like, a bit of a leftover from my darkroom days. I know plenty of people who use actions and produce great images, if I was shooting weddings or something with high volume I might do more of it. I do mostly portrait work and treat it more like fine art type work with culling down to a small number of images per session and then work on each as it's own.


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