Okay I have been hiding away practicing my portrait pp
and have been happy with some new tools added to the kit....BUT
some of those that I have been working on have shown oversharpening effects.
So like a good little 'been here a year now' member
I searched through the extensive threads on this (and read them) and studied the tutorials again..
through this I think maybe some of the problem is I had 'residual hidden ACR' sharpening in there as well as what I was applying in photoshop....maybe?
however of course there is always a question.....or 3!
when i first used a work copy of CS3 - it didn't open Raw files from the 7D - so happy was I (after advice/assistance here to get the DNG converter into action).
Question 1 - I have my own CS5 and it opens the RAWS into ACR no problem....but I cannot find how to turn them into DNG's.
which is what i want to be able to do so as to ditch the raw file save the dng for ever more and then work on versions of it in psd file plus then I wouldn't have these many little xmp files everywhere....
I have ignored the save image - option as I thought that would save it and turn it into a jpg before I had done anything - but now that I play as i type I find there is the DNG option and it lets you open it as that later to edit again - if that is the corect method - excellent ...
Question 2 - do I check the box that says 'embed the entire original raw file inside the DNG'
Next step i read about the wee hyperlink at the bottom in ACR so yes I have gone there and set the 'sharpen for' to none.
Question 3 - then there is a wee box to tick - open for smart objects? do I want that or leave it unchecked.
It changes the choices from open image or open object...?
and then finally when I go back to the main panel in ACR with sliders etc there is a whole tab for sharpening & noise reduction...
Question 4 - do people who want to try the 2 or 3 pass sharpening in full photoshop after their raw processing set all these to zero - and/or has the hyperlink setting being turned off effectively negated whatever these are set at anyway.
So sorry for this wee group of questions - but I think if I can get these steps right now then I can go back and practice the actual processing and learn what settings work best for each type of image (in general) etc....
without this all set and understood, I fear I will keep sliding off the sharpening corner in the pp learning curve of portraiture.
This is the Director of the show - doesn't she look a nice Lady? - wouldn't you want to get her crew looking sharp and not frosty?..... sorry