Now that the COVID lockdown in the UK has been relaxed somewhat, I thought I would be out in the landscape much more. But two things have stopped me:
- I’ve focussed on finishing my Lightroom Photo editing course “Simply Lightroom Develop” (more on that in a moment).
- The weather here has been terrible.
Because of this, I haven’t taken many shots and so I’m back to working with my archives. If you follow my Instagram account you will have seen a few of these in recent days. What’s frustrated me more is that my old work seems to draw more praise than my current efforts.
Today I thought I would share another shot (not yet on Instagram) which I captured in 2009 on the Isle of Skye. I shot this handheld with a Canon EOS 400D and Sigma 10-20 lens at 14mm. I used a 2 stop soft ND Grad filter on the sky for an exposure of 1/25” at ISO100 and f/14.0.
It looks amazingly sharp, but it isn’t. Here’s a small section magnified to 200% for comparison so you can see.
The top image section is the original RAW file with some capture sharpening. The lens wasn’t that great and that there’s some camera shake going on.
Now compare it to the bottom image and the difference is quite significant. What made this improvement was Topaz Sharpener AI in full auto mode. There’s just been a new release of the software (currently on sale) and I was keen to try it out. All I can say is Wow!
I can’t wait to experiment further, and I will be producing a review soon.
Latest Course Launch
As I mentioned above, I’ve been working on a Lightroom course for a good few months now and this week it finally launched. It has over 3.5 hours of video and comes with supporting RAW files for the examples. It’s priced at £20 + any local taxes. There’s also a 50% discount until the end of August 2020 for Lenscraft Subscribers.
You can find out more about the course and watch the preview lessons on my Lenscraft website.
And finally, I wanted to mention for all you Photoshop users out there that my latest video is live on YouTube. It explains how to watermark your photos and then create an action to batch process images in volume. Here’s the link (https://youtu.be/FxBu4ZiBwM4).
I hope you like this week’s image and have a great weekend.