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    Guys

    Sorry, this may have been asked a zillion times but how do you get such fine sharpening as this?

    http://www.crismanphoto.com/#/Portfolio/Portfolio/18

    is it just a case of multiple sharpening with low values? Anyone?

    Thanks
    Last edited by davefk; 10-15-2011, 07:26 PM.

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    I love that style. Sorry I don't have an answer but thanks for posting.

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by davefk View Post
      ...is it just a case of multiple sharpening with low values? Anyone?
      I do not know how this particular photographer works but my guess is that the sharpening workflow is likely to be multiple i.e.
      • Capture sharpening to alleviate the softness introduced by the digital process taking into account image content
      • Creative sharpening applied locally to specific areas
      • Output sharpening finally applied after being sized to output resolution and tailored for the specific output process

      Just as important is to start with a good lens, lighting, aperture, shutter speed and firm camera support.

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      • #4
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        Check on this link, maybe it can help... Kinda difficult sharpening technique, but the results are great... http://www.lookit.be/people.html

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        • #5
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          I am joining this topic with my question because some of people here are photographers as well. I hope it's not a problem
          If I want to get very sharp image what is better? In camera settings to lave sharpness at 0 level and push it up in Photoshop or first add some sharpness in camera and later do extra sharpening using Photoshop. What do you prefer? I am using Canon 5d.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by supjak View Post
            I am joining this topic with my question because some of people here are photographers as well. I hope it's not a problem
            If I want to get very sharp image what is better? In camera settings to lave sharpness at 0 level and push it up in Photoshop or first add some sharpness in camera and later do extra sharpening using Photoshop. What do you prefer? I am using Canon 5d.
            In my opinion the best practice is to sharpen images only once. I mean the final output file. Personally, I do not use extra sharpening within my camera and I keep sharpening within RAW exporter switched off. It means I keep my master files unsharpened and I use final sharpening on the last file which is resized to desired resolution.

            Hope this helps ...
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            http://shotworldwide.com

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            • #7
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              If you are shooting raw and using Adobe Raw Converter or Lightroom, a preliminary capture sharpen in the raw converter will get you closer to a well sharpened image than if you don't use that procedure.

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              • #8
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                My main sharpening these days is just a after everything is done, do a frequency seperation, delete the low freq layer and lower the opactity of the high layer. at about 1-20% you get a nice sharpness, without it looking oversharpened.

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                • #9
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                  Thanks guys! Some interesting ideas there.
                  Last edited by davefk; 10-20-2011, 07:01 AM.

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                  • #10
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                    I agree with DJSoulglo, this looks like a frequency separation rather than simple sharpening.

                    Scott

                    SEP Studios Retouching
                    http://www.retoucher.net

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks for all answers. I also use frequency separation but I wanted to compare with others.

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                      • #12
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                        Another thought, Shadows/Highlights or HDR Toning can produce some similar effects as well.

                        Scott

                        SEP Studios Retouching
                        http://www.retoucher.net

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                        • #13
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                          Also, check out the Photoshop hidden Gems stuff. There's a thing on the sharpening brush tool. Which I knew existed, but I also knew it was horrible. They've updated it quite a bit in CS5, so now it's supposed to be quite good. Be Sure to turn on the preserve details option (or whatever it's called) in the toolbar and it's really quite good for local sharpening.

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                          • #14
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                            I'd say Tony W nailed it pretty well above, creative sharpening throughout the edit using various different contrast sharpening techniques. Obviously a lovely capture straight out of camera but then with the use of D&B to enhance the image. I'm only seeing fine details that have been sharpened in certain areas and this was probly done towards the end of the edit and masked in.

                            There was a good post over at MM a while back where Pellepiano edited an image I shot with similar lighting -

                            http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?th...2#post13987901

                            In the next post down from that you can download a .psd showing the layers used to build the D&B and sharpening.

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                            • #15
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                              My sharpening workflow follows Tony's layout. Incidentally, the capture sharpening allows for a better feel of what's needed in terms of everything you do during processing.

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