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Old 10-31-2017   #1
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Thanks to everyone who entered last month's challenge of Close Up, a better response than the month before, well done all. Now is the time for us ALL to award Karma to correct entries. This month I thought we could have a change and post Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) shots and the Final Edits. Hopefully this will show what members are doing in regards to Post Processing (PP) and encourage others to brush up on their PP skills and question others on their Processing. This is just for fun and hopefully education, so lets see what we can all do

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To start things off
Straight out of camera, just resized to 1200 for the web and saved.
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Adjusted in Lightroom - Cropped, Shadows +50, Saturation +7
Exported to Photoshop and removed distractions by Content Aware Fill and Cloning. Select background with Select>Color Range and ran NeatImage to remove noise. Then ran my action to Enhance, Sharpen and Resize.
7D2_9281.jpg
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I'm one of those diehards that refuses to hop on the Adobe Cloud.

Use Lightroom 6 and Elements 11.

Thought this edit might be of interest in case you run into a similar situation - the bird itself is nice, but the background is distracting and of course, there is the dreaded feeder. So did two things here; used a more appealing background and then added the log for the bird to land on; then the bird last. Done in Elements.

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not much editing, as bird was well with in range, a little crop and contrast sharpening and viola.



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Sometimes you get a good photo and want to turn it into a great one. If the subjectís eye is in focus, you can simply do a tighter crop for what is a professional portrait. A bit of sharpening added and some very light vignette.



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Kevin could you summarize what your Enhance action is doing?
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Kevin could you summarize what your Enhance action is doing?
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Add a curves adjustment layer and change the curve to an S shape. Set the blending mode to Luminosity

2013-12-04_115132.JPG

Add another curves adjustment layer and change the bottom of the curve to input 10 output 0 and top of the curve to input 245 output 255. Set the blending mode to Colour.


2013-12-04_114958.JPG

This is part of my Action for resizing for the web and the complete explanation can be found here

The Action is still available if requested by sending me a PM with your email address, although I've change a couple of things since writing this, but hopefully for the better
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I'm one of those diehards that refuses to hop on the Adobe Cloud.

Use Lightroom 6 and Elements 11.

Thought this edit might be of interest in case you run into a similar situation - the bird itself is nice, but the background is distracting and of course, there is the dreaded feeder. So did two things here; used a more appealing background and then added the log for the bird to land on; then the bird last. Done in Elements.
Very good Lee and a nice replacement. I notice a sharp transition from the log to the rest of the image. I would feather the selection by a few pixels to give it a smoother transition. I'm sure it would improve the image.
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not much editing, as bird was well with in range, a little crop and contrast sharpening and viola.



Great example of PP Darrell, very nicely done. If it was mine I'd remove the white building in the bottom right using content aware fill or cloning as I find it distracting.
I take it the musical reference was a finger slip and should say Voila
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Sometimes you get a good photo and want to turn it into a great one. If the subjectís eye is in focus, you can simply do a tighter crop for what is a professional portrait. A bit of sharpening added and some very light vignette.



Excellent example of a good crop West, thanks for posting


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