A simple shot of an oil can in a steam locomotive on Bristol Docks.
Processed for clarity and sharpness without going OTT.
Technical stuff – 1/60 f8 640 ISO – hand Held.
I feel my knowledge of sharpening and noise reduction was weak so with release of Lr4 I have been reading up about the sharpening controls.
I had a grasp of the Amount and Radius controls but was not sure how to use the Detail and Masking sliders.
Detail and Masking are both Sharpness suppression controls.
Moving the Detail slider to the right increasingly does not sharpen detail.
Moving the Masking slider to the right increasing does not sharpen areas without texture like skies.
Top Tip – To see what is happening hold down the Alt key when using the Sharpening Controls. White reveals, Black conceals.
The sharpening numbers used for this picture were Amount 60, Radius 0.8, Detail 0, Masking 10. Detail was moved from its default to add sharpening to all areas of texture. Masking was nudged slightly to protect the small areas of solid black.
Very unusually for me this is very sharp but not over sharpened. Being an old Git who knows how sharp prints look produced from film, digital sharpness seems completely unreal in many cases.
My next task is to find out how to use the Noise Reduction controls properly, not that I usually have much trouble in that department when using the 5D II with auto ISO.
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(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012