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23rd December 2011, 08:46 PM
PP in RAW Editor
I have been reading Real World Camera RAW and practicing the things I have been learning. The following photo was edited 100% in RAW except for resizing and final sharpening for screen viewing.
My initial reaction was that I had done pretty well. In addition to converting to monotone I adjusted the tones and contrast individually on the headstone, the shadow, the plant and the background. I was considering printing the image. However, when I took a closer look at the image I saw some flaws that I would consider unacceptable in a normal Photoshop conversion.
This is a 100% crop from the image. My concern is the mottling you see in the mid-gray area. I'm not sure what is causing this. I used the adjustment brush with auto mask to select the area. The flow and density were set at 50 and 50. Is this the effect of less than 100% selection of the background area?
Since I have not printed this yet, I can't say if it is going to show in the final print but is fairly apparent in the Photoshop print size view. Comments are welcomed.
24th December 2011, 02:39 AM
Re: PP in RAW Editor
You have good contrast in your black and white, so from that
perspective the post-processing went well. I would ascribe the
mottling to lichen. That's normal on old gravestones.
Two things that do bother me, though: In the 100% crop it looks
like you've left brush strokes in your attempt to eliminate the
mottling. They don't show up in the full image. Also, there's some
incised lettering on the gravestone. I'd put more time in trying to
bring that out than I would on removing lichen.
24th December 2011, 12:47 PM