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Jun 12, 2017 12:53 as a reply to  @ post 18376756 |  #151

This is gold!!! Thanks!!


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Jun 12, 2017 13:23 |  #152

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I was feeling especially lazy last night, shooting with the 24-240 rather than zeiss 100-300. Zeiss is obviously nicer, but longer setup time and bigger size, I just wasnt feeling it.... so I took a known okayish lens ;-)a
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Jun 12, 2017 13:33 |  #153

cc1995 wrote in post #18376795 (external link)
That first shot is epic!

thanks, I was watching the sunset and it was ok, was waiting for a lady figure to walk in front of the sun, women are naturally nicer to look at, and then some kids started to run around and there was a lady figure ;-)a

the birds just incidentally around as well, which I also like. I did spend most of the sunset here patiently waiting for something to happen, and I do like how it turned out.


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Jun 12, 2017 13:36 |  #154

David Arbogast wrote in post #18376756 (external link)
Thanks! I actually don't have any Loxia lenses - wish I did, but all I got are the Batis ones. As far as sharpening secrets, here's everything I do:

1. In Lightroom I use the principles Mark Metternich teaches in this video:



2. Also in Lightroom I generally use just a bit of dehaze in most everything. This lends a tremendous clarity that can feel like sharpness. You have to be extremely careful - watch your histogram to make sure blacks aren't getting clipped. Also, I often use the radial filter in LR to selectively add dehaze to specific areas.

3. In Photoshop via Color Efex Pro I use a touch of Pro Contrast (dynamic contrast slider) and Tonal Contrast. These, like dehaze, can give a certain feeling of sharpness as they bring out more microcontrast. If my shot has any blurry out of focus areas, I make sure to mask away any pro-contrast/tonal contrast in those areas - these microcontrast tweaks are for in-focus areas only.

4. I sometimes use a high pass sharpen, but not always.

5. Finally, and this is an important step that I see frequently getting missed on images uploaded to forums: Web Sharpening. Web-sharpening typically involves a series of steps of incremental down-sizing + sharpening. This is absolutely critical. Below is a nice tut by Steve Perry on web-sharpening. Based on Steve's tut, I created a series of Photoshop actions to automate the process (I made the actions to downsize to 2048px as well as 1280px for posting here on POTN). If anyone wants my actions, let me know, I'm happy to give them away. :)

Wow! Thanks for the in-depth explanation and video tutorials to accompany them. I would love to have your photoshop actions if you wouldn't mind. What I currently do when I sharpen for the web is I go into Photoshop and resize my image to 2048 pixels on the longest end and then create and then save for the web using PNG 24. I'm sure the method you use will yield much better results. Thanks. (I use Camera raw to edit all my raws...never used lightroom since I hear it's slower and I don't think I really need the cataloging functions....plus I'm pretty sure I can do everything in Camera Raw that you can do in lightroom...I could be wrong though and please enlightened me if that's the case)




  
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Jun 12, 2017 13:41 |  #155

Charlie wrote in post #18376805 (external link)
thanks, I was watching the sunset and it was ok, was waiting for a lady figure to walk in front of the sun, women are naturally nicer to look at, and then some kids started to run around and there was a lady figure ;-)a

the birds just incidentally around as well, which I also like. I did spend most of the sunset here patiently waiting for something to happen, and I do like how it turned out.

I would have loved to have seen how you post processed that. I have tried to create that backlit silhouette effect a few times and I can never quite get it right. Great work!




  
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Jun 12, 2017 13:49 |  #156

cc1995 wrote in post #18376810 (external link)
I would have loved to have seen how you post processed that. I have tried to create that backlit silhouette effect a few times and I can never quite get it right. Great work!

It's fairly easy to do with an EVF!

You basically want to expose for the highlights...just push the exposure compensation down until the shadows are fully crushed in the viewfinder.


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Jun 12, 2017 13:50 |  #157

cc1995 wrote in post #18376808 (external link)
Wow! Thanks for the in-depth explanation and video tutorials to accompany them. I would love to have your photoshop actions if you wouldn't mind. What I currently do when I sharpen for the web is I go into Photoshop and resize my image to 2048 pixels on the longest end and then create and then save for the web using PNG 24. I'm sure the method you use will yield much better results. Thanks. (I use Camera raw to edit all my raws...never used lightroom since I hear it's slower and I don't think I really need the cataloging functions....plus I'm pretty sure I can do everything in Camera Raw that you can do in lightroom...I could be wrong though and please enlightened me if that's the case)

Yep, you're not missing any of the develop features in LR when using Camera Raw - they're exactly the same.

If anyone wants my PUBLISH actions, shoot me a PM and I'll get them to you.

I created keyboard shortcuts to do the following with actions:

POTN-size images:

1. F12 - saves 1280px wide JPEGs.
2. SHIFT + F12 - saves 1280px tall JPEGs (so any shots where the long edge is vertical).

FLICKR-size images:

1. F12 - saves 2048px wide JPEGs.
2. SHIFT + F12 - saves 2048px tall JPEGs (so any shots where the long edge is vertical).

FULL-size images for print:

1. F10 - just saves a full-resolution jpeg and does not do any web-sharpening.

One of the benefits of these actions is that they change the color space to be sRGB. I typically edit in ProPhoto, but I never have to worry about converting before uploading because my actions do it automatically.

Use at your own caution...I made these actions for my own unique workflow and they may not work for your workflow.


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Jun 12, 2017 13:54 |  #158

mystik610 wrote in post #18376814 (external link)
It's fairly easy to do with an EVF!

You basically want to expose for the highlights...just push the exposure compensation down until the shadows are fully crushed in the viewfinder.

I have to remember to use the exposure compensation dial more....I always forget about that dial and end up fiddling with my aperture, shutter speed & ISO instead. You'll see an image like this one day...probably won't be as good as Charlie's though...lol Thanks for the help guys




  
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Jun 12, 2017 14:02 |  #159

Just a few of tons from my vacation and my sisters wedding a week ago. a6000 and sigma 30 1.4 on these ones

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Jun 12, 2017 14:05 |  #160

Here's a photo from this weekend of my wife an I without the kids. We dropped the kids off with my parents for the afternoon and just the two of us spent the day down by the coast (Wickford, RI at a wildlife Refuge trail that ends at the coastline and that's the Jamestown Bridge in the background to the left) and took in the great weather and views for our anniversary. Just something so simple as being alone out by the water without the kids was so nice and relaxing. A little bit of adult time alone with one another is nice to have every once in a while.

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Jun 12, 2017 14:09 |  #161

cc1995 wrote in post #18376821 (external link)
I have to remember to use the exposure compensation dial more....I always forget about that dial and end up fiddling with my aperture, shutter speed & ISO instead. You'll see an image like this one day...probably won't be as good as Charlie's though...lol Thanks for the help guys

I automate most everything so the only thing o really mess with is the aperture and exposure compensation. AV with auto ISO and a minimum shutter speed of 1/125s when shooting portraits. When shooting landscapes I lock the ISO to 100 and the camera will ignore the minimum shutter speed.

Of course when I need to freeze fast action I swap over to TV. The only time I go full manual is when I shoot studio.


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Jun 12, 2017 14:24 |  #162

cc1995 wrote in post #18376810 (external link)
I would have loved to have seen how you post processed that. I have tried to create that backlit silhouette effect a few times and I can never quite get it right. Great work!

tbh, hardly any processing. just an S curve to liking, silhouette will be on mark from the start.

expose for the sky, lock in settings and go for the shot. If you have too much foreground, your exposure will change so you make sure you're on manual.

I shot from another location just prior to these, so when I came, I didnt have time to setup a tripod, hence some cropping involved to straighten everything. SOOC attached so you can see what I'm working with, this is a shot immediately following, crooked and all. It's not an a very big adjustment in post, was hoping there would be less people around so the little kid would be more defined.


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Jun 12, 2017 15:02 |  #163

cc1995 wrote in post #18376834 (external link)
Here's a photo from this weekend of my wife an I without the kids. We dropped the kids off with my parents for the afternoon and just the two of us spent the day down by the coast (Wickford, RI at a wildlife Refuge trail that ends at the coastline and that's the Jamestown Bridge in the background to the left) and took in the great weather and views for our anniversary. Just something so simple as being alone out by the water without the kids was so nice and relaxing. A little bit of adult time alone with one another is nice to have every once in a while.

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Definitely! We have two small girls, 4 and 2, so the alone time is hard to find now. We went out for an anniversary dinner last month and tried to set a rule of no talking about the kids which was hard but after a few minutes it felt really nice. Even having 3 hours without the kids is very nice and relaxing to the point where we're going to ask the grandparents to have a night once a month if possible.


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Jun 12, 2017 15:49 |  #164

Charlie, thank you for the focus standard information! I love that floating AF. :)


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Jun 12, 2017 17:09 |  #165

Loving the floating AF point too now. I just need to get used to it.


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