Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Sharpening, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
If you shoot RAW, then all of your images, no matter what type of light they…were shot in, will need some sharpening applied to them.…It's just a fact of the way that image sensors work.…The image needs to be softened before it hits the sensor, so there's a little…filter in front of the sensor that softens it.…That's a necessary step for the camera to be able to properly interpret color.…That means you need to apply some sharpening effects to get that little bit of…softness that's been added, removed from your image.…Now, the bad news is that sharpening isn't actually possible. And what I mean by…that is you cannot take an image that's out of focus and make it in focus.…
All we're doing when we use a sharpening filter in the computer is creating…the illusion of sharpness.…Now, we may be treading on deep philosophical ground here because really,…what's the difference between having an illusion of sharpness and actually having sharpness?…If you do it right, there is no difference.…The danger about sharpening filters on the computer is that you can take them…
Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.
- Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
- Preparing for a low-light shoot
- Shooting in dimly lit rooms
- Using the flash indoors
- Shooting in the shade
- Taking flash portraits at night
- Controlling flash color temperature
- Focusing in low light
- Light painting
- Manipulating long shutter speeds
- Correcting white balance
- Brightening shadows
- Sharpening and noise reduction
Skill Level Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m Intermediate
Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshopwith Seán Duggan2h 12m Intermediate
1. Setting the Stage
2. Exposure Considerations
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
4. Scenario: A Performance
5. Scenario: In a City
6. Scenario: Landscapes
7. Special Effects
8. Post-Processing Considerations
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