Paul Gallagher at RPS DIG 1/5/16

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….

  1. Don’t change colour temp or tint until later.
  2. Use Highlights and shadows first.
  3. Set black and white points.
  4. Don’t touch contrast yet, use clarity first.
  5. Early on, particularly before sharpening, correct CA (chromatic aberration) but
  6. Don’t use lens profiles unless really needed.
  7. Sharpen (a little) – keep radius low <1 and use the Masking slider to limit the areas sharpened.
  8. Now export to Ps
  9. 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.
  10. Use shift/alt/control C to make a copy layer to go back into ACR to make any further adjustments.
  11. Back to Ps for smart sharpen with blurring set to Lens Blur rather than Gaussian.
  12. Any further burning in to be done at 1%
  13. 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.

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3 Responses to Paul Gallagher at RPS DIG 1/5/16

  1. Ian McNab says:

    Useful notes, John. At what point does he actually convert to Mono (clearly after colour temp or tint adjustment, wherever they happen in his workflow). And what method does he use for Mono conversion?

  2. ajroyle says:

    He surprised me a bit by telling us he adjusted the colours, viewing in colour, before he converted to mono, no mention of using the colour sliders afterwards. It may make sense for him since he is always doing landscapes with pretty much the same colours to adjust. He doesn’t use Silver FX. He is virtually imitating what you would have done in the darkroom with dodging and burning but you can, of course do much more in PS and LR with your selected areas. All a bit unsophisticated really and to my mind all the better for it.

  3. Ian McNab says:

    Yes, it’s perhaps not surprising that his workflow is geared to landscape work. I’d certainly agree that ‘less is more’ when it comes to post-processing – I certainly find myself sticking to darkroom-style procedures, and doing less and less!

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