Photo Processing

Photo Processing

As a matter of fact, all images need photo processing. Accordingly, images that have no photo processing, appear flat and lifeless. In this case, the photo process I use is simple to follow.

In the first place, download the images from the camera to the PC. Accordingly, the processing can be individual or as a batch. Of course, if you batch process to save time, you must check each image individually for minor adjustments after.

Process for Photo Processing

In the first place, the correct white balance has to be set in-camera ( see XRITE for product details )In general, I follow this process. First, correct the colour balance of the image, (see Blog article for information) then correct lens corrections and improve the image detail.

Picture of Photoshop ACR screen for Photo Processing

Accordingly, the next actions take place in the basic panel of ACR. In the first place I select the colour profile. As a result, I use the histogram to ensure that the triangles on the left and right are black for the next step. Consequently, the next step involves moving the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and black sliders.

Exposure

In general, move the slider right to lighten and left to darken.

Contrast

Makes the bright areas brighter (move slider left) and dark areas darker (move slider right)).

Highlights

Move the slider right the light areas dull. Move it left the light areas brighten. Be careful when moving right the image may start to blow.

Shadows

Move the slider right the shadow areas get darker. Move the slider right the shadow areas get lighter

Whites

Move the slider right the white areas darken. Move the slider to the left the white areas lighten. Be careful when moving right the image may start to blow.

Blacks

Move the slider right the dark area darkens. Move the slider right the dark areas lighten. Be careful when moving right the image may start to blow.

Clarity

Move the slider to the left and you soften the picture. Move to the right to sharpen the picture.

Additional Sliders for Photo Processing

Vibrance and Saturation

The Vibrance slider affects the intensity of colours. It has the strongest effect on muted colours in the image. The Saturation slider increases the colour intensity of all colours in the image.

Five sliders in Noise Reduction

Accordingly, these are used when you have a high ISO picture. The noise that appears in the image can be smoothed with these.

Final steps in the photo processing

In this case, ensure the two triangles on the histogram are black. As a result, once the adjustments have been made to your satisfaction you can save or open your image. Consequently opening your image will enable you to do further work in Photoshop.

I hope that this process has helped in your post-processing. However, if this has raised questions, feel free to contact me.

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