|Quoting JeffM (Reply 4):|
What in the world do you do to them that takes so long? If you are spending more then 5 minutes (eternity) you might be blamed for manipulation around here. Just curious.
Well typically, when it comes to sharpening, I use the duplicate/multiple layer technique which requires a few minutes sharpening, then erasing etc. I was doing this late at night after a double at work and had to be back this morning at 5:30am so I wasn't dealing with much time and I decided to give a few minutes for this shot because I felt the original file was good enough not to require much tweaking at all. I was wrong. After it was pointed out to me that my first try was a bit soft, I realized I needed to spend a few more minutes. My second try, all I did was one layer of USM
at like 500%. To me it turned out better than the first, but after posting it in this thread I felt it was a tad too much. Also, because I did not save my first attempt after setting Levels, brightness etc before I sharpened, it meant I would have to set all the levels again to my liking. If you look at the two attempts posted here, the levels are slightly different. This meant I would need to spend more time on the shot to get it tweaked just right. I didn't have that time.
I'm still new at this and don't quite have the eye for what is up to par or not. I play with levels and with USM
a lot trying to figure out what looks better to me. Think of it as getting your eyes checked by the optometrist. They have you close one eye, and have you looking through different lenses. They ask, tell me what looks better, through lens A or lens B. Often I have to have them show me A and B a few times before I can tell what looks better to me. My editing is very similar. I will show myself "A" or "B" over and over until I can make a choice.
K, how was that?
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