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Have you Seen Lightroom Enhance Details?

Snow Covered mountains on Rannoch Moore. Fuji X-T2, Fuji 10-24 lens at 11mm, ISO200, 1/340″ at f/11.0. Handheld.

Have you seen the recent Adobe Lightroom Enhance Details feature? The release in February almost passed me by but then I tested it. It isn’t perfect; some people say it’s too slow and it does produce large file sizes. BUT I suspect Adobe will develop it further in the future.

Enhance Details is a new feature that’s supposed to extract additional detail from your RAW files. I’ve tested it on a few RAW files, and I can’t see much improvement. Unless that is, you’re shooting with a Fuji. When you process the Fuji RAF files using Enhance Details you don’t get the dreaded wiggly worm effect and the image quality is very good. If you want to see my evaluation you can find it on YouTube or watch the video below.

Friday Image No.216

This week’s image is another from a recent trip to Scotland. I shot this whilst on a walk on Rannoch Moore that turned out to be a bit of a failure. We were stopped in our tracks by a river in full flow which had rather too much melt water. I managed to cross but my wife couldn’t make it (short legs). Rather than carry on alone I crossed back, and we returned to the car. Who said there’s no gentlemen left?

The image at the tp of this post is a single shot in RAW format using the Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 10-24 lens at 11mm. I didn’t use any filters as the snow on the ground did a nice job of balancing the exposure with the sky. Although there is a bright patch in the sky on the left where the sun was breaking through the cloud there isn’t any clipping. I also decided to leave it like this for a more natural look.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Latest Book Live on Amazon

The Photographers Guide to Lightroom's Develop Module
Latest Book Cover

I’m excited. My latest book “The Photographers Guide to Lightroom’s Develop Module” just launched on Amazon. This was the book Lenscraft Members voted I write and it appears to be going down well.

I always find this the most exciting point for two reasons:

  1. I don’t know how well the book will be received.
  2. It means I can start to think about my next project. This one has been almost 6 months in development from concept to publication.

Having said that, I’m still working on the PDF and print versions of the book which I hope to launch in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who buys my books, courses or reads my blog. I very much appreciate your support.

Thank you.

Friday Image No. 169

Formby Beach at Sunset
Formby Beach at Sunset. Captured using a Fuji X-T2. Please see text for full details.

It’s felt like an eternity since I witnessed a good sunset or sunrise. But last weekend, I made a trip over to Formby with a friend and it was as if everything just fell into place.

The day had been a little frustrating, alternating between too much cloud and not enough. As we sat on a rock, about an hour from sunset the sky was crystal clear. I didn’t hold out much hope of a sunset. Then, the clouds seemed to change direction and a large formation drifted slowly across the sky. It didn’t seem to be moving fast enough to reach the sun in time. But it did, and the scene was glorious.

I captured this frame on the Fuji X-T2 with a 10-24 lens. I had the camera mounted on a tripod which was set quite low, probably about two feet from the ground. I also got to use my new Kase Wolverine Reverse Grad filter which made an amazing difference to the scene. I’m a complete convert after one outing – using this filter on sunsets is amazing. The camera was set to ISO200 and the aperture stopped down to f/13.0. I did this primarily to create a star effect around the sun. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for this frame as the sun had dipped just that little too low.

I should also say that I didn’t process this RAW file in Lightroom either. I opted instead for Capture One Pro 11, which seems to have added a remarkable amount of subtle colour detail into the clouds. Lightroom in comparison rendered most of the cloud above the sun as a monotone mass of colour. In Capture One the cloud looks like more like flames. I’m going to run a few more trials on Capture One as the image quality appears much better than a couple of versions back, especially with the Fuji RAW files.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Lightroom CC Soft Proofing Bug and How to Fix It

Sunset on Formby Beach. Fuji X-T2, 10-24 lens at 13mm, ISO200, 1/7″ at f/18. Kase Wolverine 0.9 Reverse ND Grad filter. Tripod mounted.

A few days back I recorded a video to demonstrate how to soft proof a photo for printing, using Lightroom CC. Whilst making the video I noticed the Soft Proofing in Lightroom wasn’t working properly. Both my Mac and PC had the same problem and I couldn’t find the cause. In the end I recorded the video using Lightroom 5 which I still had installed, and which appeared to be working.

I’ve now investigated the problem further and the bug also appears to be affecting Adobe Illustrator as well. Fortunately, I have also found a solution. This very short video shows the problem as well as how to avoid it.

Also, here is the soft proofing video which I know some blog readers have been waiting for.

Friday Image No. 168

Fuji X-T2, 16-55 lens at 47mm, ISO200, 1.7sec @ f/13.0. Tripod Mounted.

I can’t believe the time. I’ve been so wrapped up in my writing that I lost track and I haven’t posted a Friday image yet. I’m now feeling under pressure to pack up and see my wife (before she drinks all the wine) so I’m going to cheat a little. This week’s image is one of the worked examples in the book I’m writing.

I’ve shot this tree quite a few times and find myself drawn back to it frequently. It’s in an area of the Peak District called Padley Gorge. This particular tree is in one of the disused quarries. The image was captured with the Fuji X-T2 as a RAW file and all the conversion and post processing was done in Lightroom. This version isn’t quite finished, but it still looks pretty good.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

How to use the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

I’ve been hard at work over the past few weeks, writing a new book. The book’s all about getting the best results from the Lightroom Develop Module. What I’ve realised whilst writing is that many people struggle when it comes to making selections using Lightroom. Whilst they can create simple selections, if it’s a little more difficult, they’re put off.

To help, I’ve been creating a series of short You Tube videos giving tips and demonstrate useful techniques. In the latest video I show how to select a tree, so it can be selectively sharpened. It’s a typical challenge where the tree is set against a background, making it difficult to select. The video shows how you can do this using only the Lightroom Adjustment Brush, which has been around for a long time. There is an optional improvement using the Color Range Mask, but it’s not essential.

The videos shown below. I hope you find it helpful.

Creating Complex Mask Selection in Lightroom

If you’re a Lightroom user, you may feel that the selection tools aren’t great. They certainly lack the precision you can achieve in Photoshop. As I’ve been writing my latest book (not surprisingly it’s on Lightroom), I’ve been creating some increasingly complex and precise selections. Some even rival what you can achieve in Photoshop using masking.

Rather than just keep this for the book, I decided to publish a couple of videos on You Tube to demonstrate the techniques.

The first shows how to cleanly separate the sky from the ground in an image.

The direct link to the video is (https://youtu.be/ZITvFl2IgA8).

The second shows how to isolate a tree and ground from sky with a couple of clicks.

The direct link to the video is (https://youtu.be/9rvh9_M4Bts).

I’m may do a third if people like them, but it also depends on time. I need to finish the first draft of the book – it’s quite a long one.