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Noise Reduction and Sharpening Round 2

 
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Nov 19, 2018 20:24 |  #1

Ok, so I tried to take some of the advice you guys gave me over the last week. (less is more) This image has a busier background, so noise wasn't as much of a problem, but my equipment is noisy, so I had to touch it up a bit. I did a few points of luminance noise reduction and a couple points of strength in unsharp mask in DDP. Then I bought it over to PE and did a quick auto sharpen, separated the butterfly from the background (feathered the edge, that may have been a mistake) and upped the contrast and reduced the brightness a bit on the background. The edge of the butterfly looks kind of weird to me. Is that from the feathering? Thanks for the feedback!

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Nov 20, 2018 09:02 |  #2

If you cropped more tightly on the butterfly, the need to emphasize it would not be as great.


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Nov 20, 2018 22:07 |  #3

Even looking closely the edges look okay to me with just a slight halo but the overall impression is of a composite with the butterfly added to the background. You seem to be gaining some skills.


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Nov 22, 2018 06:03 |  #4

Like your previous image the main issue is that you're trying to make an acceptable image from a tiny part of your original - it's never going to look good regardless of the processing you apply. I appreciate you couldn't really have got close to the bird, but in this instance it looks like you could. Get closer!


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Nov 22, 2018 08:05 as a reply to  @ daisan's post |  #5

I would have had to step in the flower bed. I'm not going to disrespect anybody's property just for a better picture, but point taken. ;)


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Nov 22, 2018 10:21 |  #6

All right, so I cropped this in a little tighter so I wouldn't have to do so much work to emphasize the butterfly. Since I did that, I didn't need to edit the background in a separate layer, avoiding the composite image look in the original post.

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Nov 27, 2018 16:54 |  #7

Last one is better. Why not mask the butterfly and darken the background a bit?


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Nov 27, 2018 20:09 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #8

I tried something similar to that in the first image, but it was a layer, not a mask, and the subject looked superimposed. Do you think using a mask would give a better result?


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Nov 28, 2018 02:31 |  #9

What I meant was to darken the background in order to set off the butterfly more.
Duplicate the Background layer. Select the butterfly carefully then invert the selection to get the background selected. Then create a layer mask from that and change the blend mode to Multiply. Then reduce opacity to 75% or whatever level feels right.

The same effect can be done with copy/paste to create a new layer from the BG selection if you like.

I don't think the butterfly looks composited. If the very light outline around the right wing gives you that impression, you can darken that using the healing brush or the burn tool.


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Nov 28, 2018 07:59 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #10

Ok. I’ll give this image another go. Thanks for the tips.


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