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Improving details in an outdoor photograph

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

Video: Improving details in an outdoor photograph

In this movie, I want to take a look at another workflow

Improving details in an outdoor photograph

In this movie, I want to take a look at another workflow example, where we will explore how we can work with our develop module panels and controls in order to improve the color, the contrast, and also the details that we have in this photograph. And with this photograph I think it's a bit more of a common scenario. And what I mean by that, this is an image that needs a little bit more work done to it in the basic panel in the develop module. Also what I want to do in this movie is share with you some valuable shortcuts that you can use.

Which will help you to minimize the lightroom interface. So that you can really focus in on the photograph and ultimately the details in the photograph as well. All right, well first, let's begin with those interface shortcuts. If you press the shift+tab key, that will allow you to minimize a lot of the lightroom interface. Press shift+tab again, and then you can bring all of those elements back. Okay, well, here we're going to press shift+tab so we can open up more screen space for the photograph. Then if you press the F8 key on your keyboard, that will bring back the panels on the right.

I recommend you Write those shortcuts down. Again it's shift +tab was the first one. The second one, for the panels on the right, was F8. The reason why this is important is because it really helps us to get into this mode or this zone of the art and the craft of working on a photograph. And this is a photograph that I captured in Rockport, Massachusetts. So it's one of those images that I captured, I was just walking by the scene. I saw this fisherman dragging his boat, and I quickly composed and captured the frame.

And I like the image, yet I don't necessarily like the color. Temperature or the, the darkness of the shadows. So let's make some improvements. Here we'll begin in the basic panel, and in the basic panel, we will just walk through the controls. I'm going to increase my color temperature by dragging this to the right. To warm up the overall color palette in the photograph. Then next I'll drop down, perhaps to the highlights and just darken those up, just a little bit there. For the shadows, I'll brighten those, so let's drag this to the right, and just for a moment, let me exaggerate.

Remember whenever we brighten shadow detail like this. We also will sort of unearth, or unsurface some noise that was hidden there in the shadows. So just remember that, that when you're working with that slider you want to evaluate those areas, which this slider is affecting. So I'm going to need to look at the bow of the boat here a little bit later. All right. Well next we'll had a touch of clarity, maybe some vibrance, and also saturation. It isn't that complicated, yet still we've done some significant work to change the way that the photograph appears, and what I find At least in my own work flow this is a little bit more typical.

Often I'm working on my images in this way in order to add some visual interest in snap and warmth of color like we've done here. Alright well ,after we've completed the basic work in the basic panel let's drop down to the detail panel. In the detail panel, one of our first steps is to zoom in on the photograph. To do so you'll either click on the image to zoom in or click on this warning indicator to zoom in to 100%. Then what I like to do is to pan around the photograph.

Just click and drag around the image. We need to evaluate the subject here, of course. We also need to see the shadow detail in this area and this area of the photograph, the water behind. And just make your way around the photograph to get familiar with the overall texture, the noise, and the amount of sharpness that you have in the image. Then drag it to an area where you can evaluate some important parts of the photograph, and start your work. In this case, I notice some noise in this area.

And kind of throughout the photograph there's, it looks like some texture on the image. I want to get rid of that. We'll do so by working with the luminance noise reduction slider. Drag this up but be careful not to go too far because then all of a sudden it will look a little bit smudged out. So let's bring this probably to around 50. The detail slider I'm going to drop down, lose a little bit less detail in that area and then contrast I'm going to bring up and contrast is the one which adds a little bit of shape or definition to that part of the photograph.

And we're looking to try to subtly improve the noise that we have in those areas. Also, it's a good idea to pan around and view some of the other parts of the photograph as well. And this is why having more screen real estate is especially helpful. For example, for a moment, what I'm going to do is go back to our previous view. Here I'll press shift+tab once, and then shift+tab again, which will allow me to bring back the lightroom interface. Notice that in this view, I have a much smaller window.

I can only evaluate a little teeny area. Of the image. Yet, if we use the shortcuts, which we learned, which were shift+tab once, and then F8 to bring back the panels on the right, we just have more screen space to focus in on these little teeny details. All right. Well, let's continue with our detail work. Here with our color noise reduction. I'll bring my color slider up a little bit and these values down. Then for sharpening, I'm going to bring my amount up and the details slider back down.

I want a lot of my little details to be sharp but not overdone. I don't want too much texture, I want to remove some of that ,so I have a lower detail value. And in the masking, I'm going to have a relatively low amount of masking as well. Hold down the option key on a Mac, alt on Windows, and click and drag this up. We aren't necessarily interested in full edge sharpening. Rather, it's more of an even sharpening throughout this photograph, to try to create an image which has a nice mood and feeling. It isn't oversharp or overdone, rather it looks natural and clean.

All right, well now that we've finished our work in the basic panel, we've done some of our work in the detail panel, which ,hopefully this time came a little bit more easily because now we know how these sliders work. And we get a feel for how we can work through the various sliders and make some adjustments here to improve the photograph. Next thing that we need to do is to bring back some of the lightroom interface. We already saw briefly how to do that but let me show that again. You press shift+ tab multiple times until it goes through the cycle of bringing back all of the interface.

Then we can click on the image to zoom back out to see the entire photograph, so we can evaluate it from a distance to make sure that everything looks good and that we evaluated and checked on all the areas that we need to check on when it comes to our details. And in this case, I think we've done a great job improving this photograph using our basic panel and the detail panel here in the develop module in lightroom.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

67 video lessons · 4771 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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