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    Trying to Sharpen Better








    I'm trying to focus the camera as carefully as I can to reduce the amount of pp processing. That focussing magnifyer really seems to help.

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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    Don, what software are you using to sharpen?
    The trees look pretty sharp but not the flowers.
    Don't know if it's sharpening or focus problem.
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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    I'd be curious to see them sooc
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    Feel free to edit my images for critique, just let me know what you did.

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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    I have often thought that your images look a bit over processed for my own tastes but it seems to be the style that you have developed for yourself so if it works for you, stick with it.

    What is your sharpening/PP workflow?
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    "I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."
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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    It's complicated. I use Paintshop Pro X4. I often use local tone mapping, high bandpass sharpening, outline filters, sometimes noise filters.
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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    Don, I spent the better part of a year concentrating on pp sharpening techniques. I've narrowed my workflow down to a few techniques that achieve visibly sharper results. If you ever want to strike up a conversation......
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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    What techniques do you use?
    Nikon D3100 with Tokina 28-70mm f3.5, (I like to use a Vivitar .43x aux on the 28-70mm Tokina), Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye, Quanteray 70-300mm f4.5, ProOptic 500 mm f6.3 mirror lens.
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    Re: Trying to Sharpen Better

    I use High Pass filter to do my sharpening in Photoshop. I create a duplicate of my background layer, then go to Filter > Other > High Pass. I adjust the Radius so I have a faint outline around what I want to sharpen and click OK. Then I change the blend mode of that layer to either Overlay or Soft Light depending on what I'm looking for. Soft Light is a little more subtle than Overlay. Then I will add a layer mask to that layer and brush away the sharpening in areas where I don't think it needs it. In the case of this image, I would remove the sharpening in the grass behind the turtle and maybe the are foreground at the bottom of the image as well.

    It might be kind of hard to tell with these low res images, but the difference is there. It's subtle, but there. To me, that is one of the keys to sharpening. Getting it sharp without making it look like it's over-sharpened.
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    "I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view."
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