This is my second submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 14 – Post Processing.
I decided to try post processing again: (1) randomly process like I always do (2) do it in Raj’s way. 😉
Here is the original photo:
With two LED lights, I thought ISO 1600 would be enough, even though I was using shutter speed 1/1600 Sec., F4 and and in shutter speed mode. (I guess I probably should use manual mode. If I did, I could immediately tell that ISO 1600 wasn’t enough. Oh well…)
And here is the result after I processed it in my usual way.
When I finally was able to see the photo clearly, I immediately got upset with myself. I love this photo; I wish I was more careful with the exposure setting.
Next, I would follow Raj’s steps: 1) Horizon/Level adjustment 2) Cropping 3) White Balance 4) Brightness 5) Contrast 6) Highlights 7) Shadows 8) Saturation 9) Sharpness 10) Noise Reduction. (As I explained before, the first two steps have to wait until later.)
And here it is the photo after my second try.
It looked much better on the second try. I guess the possible reasons are (1) I didn’t check white balance the first time – I didn’t realize it was needed (2) I did double noise reduction the second time: one by using PS noise reduction function; the other by using Dfine (Does anyone know how to use brush with Dfine? I haven’t taken time to figure that out yet.).
One thing for sure is, like Raj said, with a list of the steps in hand, the post processing had gone much faster.
I am convinced and I am happy. 😉
(Thanks to Molly for letting me use her photo here.)
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