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Old Monday 9th October 2017, 15:53   #1
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Good processing pics for sharpness

I've been tinkering around in lightroom 5 and I feel my shots are never quite sharp enough. Does anyone have some good universal settings they use?

In general I tend to whack shadows up to around 50-80 on the slider, go for masking of around 70, detail of around 80 and sharpness of 50.

I'll also typically got for flash on the white adjustment and will up brightness and contrast a little.

I used a Canon 7D MKII with a Canon 600mm USM L IS (carrion crows and kestrel are with 400mm f.56).

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Before and after processing versions are useful when judging post-processing but there is no magic universal settings. Only you know what the scene actually looked like and what you want to achieve in the final image, plus every image is "wrong" in its own way. Plus the level of sharpening and the black/white points will need to be different for different uses, if you are printing at home, commercial printing or for on screen display.
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Before and after processing versions are useful when judging post-processing but there is no magic universal settings. Only you know what the scene actually looked like and what you want to achieve in the final image, plus every image is "wrong" in its own way. Plus the level of sharpening and the black/white points will need to be different for different uses, if you are printing at home, commercial printing or for on screen display.
I guess what I mean then is do the above shots look sharp enough. I think they're okay, but I always feel I should be getting more detail out of my lens than I should.
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I guess what I mean then is do the above shots look sharp enough. I think they're okay, but I always feel I should be getting more detail out of my lens than I should.
To my eye, they look to have excellent sharpness except for the crows and kestrel. But I expect atmospheric issues/distance are responsible there.
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To my eye, they look to have excellent sharpness except for the crows and kestrel. But I expect atmospheric issues/distance are responsible there.
Both of those are probably cropped by 40-50 per cent of the original image I reckon.
Also all the other shots were probably less than 16 feet away, which probably helps as well.
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I've been tinkering around in lightroom 5 and I feel my shots are never quite sharp enough. Does anyone have some good universal settings they use?

In general I tend to whack shadows up to around 50-80 on the slider, go for masking of around 70, detail of around 80 and sharpness of 50.

I'll also typically got for flash on the white adjustment and will up brightness and contrast a little.

I used a Canon 7D MKII with a Canon 600mm USM L IS (carrion crows and kestrel are with 400mm f.56).

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Hi there you've got a good camera there but do you shoot in Raw. This will give the ability to adjust for sharpness clarity vibrancy etc . Nb Jpg,s can be opened in the Raw filter in light room to give some of the above functions
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For every picture I take (and keep ), I always adjust sharpness and contrast (up).
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apart from the crows and kestrel the others are excellent. I have neither photoshop or lightroom. I just lighten or darken as nec. getting close and holding still is my answer.
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Hi there you've got a good camera there but do you shoot in Raw. This will give the ability to adjust for sharpness clarity vibrancy etc . Nb Jpg,s can be opened in the Raw filter in light room to give some of the above functions
I do shoot in Raw, thanks :)
It was one of the first recommendations made to me when I started taking pictures and it makes a huge difference :)
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