Some of us went to talks by Paul Gallagher on processing and printing. Here are some notes I made during the two talks, which I thought might be of interest.
Paul uses Adobe Camera Raw (ADR) and Photoshop (Ps). ACR is functionally the same as Lightroom. He works largely in mono.
Starting in ACR….
- Don’t change colour temp or tint until later.
- Use Highlights and shadows first.
- Set black and white points.
- Don’t touch contrast yet, use clarity first.
- Early on, particularly before sharpening, correct CA (chromatic aberration) but
- Don’t use lens profiles unless really needed.
- Sharpen (a little) – keep radius low <1 and use the Masking slider to limit the areas sharpened.
- Now export to Ps
- Lasso tool to select areas for adjustment and then use Curves tool to adjust. This method would also be used round the edges of the picture rather than applying a standard vignette which Paul thinks is a crude tool, narrowing the viewers vision of the picture. Darken by pulling down the whites in curves.
- Use shift/alt/control C to make a copy layer to go back into ACR to make any further adjustments.
- Back to Ps for smart sharpen with blurring set to Lens Blur rather than Gaussian.
- Any further burning in to be done at 1%
- Use 360ppi for printing (Epson) and use Advanced Black & White on Epson printers for best mono.
If anyone else who attended thinks we need to add anything please let me know.