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Last year I posted that we all process a little different, and each photographer’s eye for processing may vary, so I asked for 10 volunteers to take one of my images straight out of the camera, and use what ever processing software programs they prefer, and do their thing.
This was not a contest or to compete to see who’s image is the best, just curious to see the differences in each photographer’s artistic eye for processing.
Here is the image out of the camera that I sent everyone.
Processed by Maralee Park.
She use Nik Sofware, Viveza and Color Efex.
Processed by Janice Meyers-Foreman
Using photoshop cs5, I duplicated the layer and changed the blend mode to multiply, I also use a Florabelle action called Cosmopolitan. Their actions are quite nice – but I find that I always find something to tweak to get it just the way I like it, sometimes I will use two of them together.
Processed by Sue Henry
- CNTR J – duplicate layer in PhotoShop (I just got CS6)
- Used the healing brush on just a few places that caught my eye
- Slight levels adjustment
- Ever so slight hue/saturation adjustment
- Color Efex Pro 4 — this is where I can’t remember exactly, but I probably used tonal contrast and lighten center/darken edge
- I then took the image into Viveza, where, using the brush I worked on only the bug. I really wanted to emphasize him – didn’t want him to look like an accident!
- A second pass through Viveza with a subtle tweaking globally on the whole image
- I used a Kim Klaussen texture — KKPortrait — as a texture overlay. It’s a very subtle, but rich, golden-color texture which helped (in my opinion) add to the richer color to the image while adding a subtle darkening around the edges of the image which in turn helps pull the eye to the center of interest. I masked several areas of the image to enable the detail to not be hidden by the overlay.
Processed by Dan Wiedbrauk
Nik Color Efex Pro – Detail extractor to bring out some of the detail in the small flowers and around the base of the large flower.
NIk Viveza – Added structure and contrast to the bug and the little flowers
Lightroom CS5 – Cropped the bottom and a little off the side, darkened the background, levels and curves, added a little saturation, and applied some selective sharpening using the unsharp mask.
Processed by Amy Maranto
It is open source image editing software. It is what I use instead of photoshop. I suspect it is most similar to Photoshop CS3 or 4. It has more bells and whistles than Elements, but fewer than Lightroom. It is free and works well on both my PC and Mac. I have used tutorials on Youtube to learn how to use it.
Processed by Myer Bornstein
I post processed in PS 6 with NIK Color EFEX Pro, then did a quick mask in the insect and sharpened it to make it stand out more.
Processed by John Studwell
Opened it in CS6 where I used Filter – Stylize – Find Edges and saved it.
Processed by Mike Newman
I used Lightroom 4 for the edit. I used to use Photoshop almost exclusively, but with this new version of Lightroom, I find myself gravitating towards using it more and more.
Processed by Ronald Murphy
I used Lightroom 4.1 as I do for most of my image editing, though I’m usually working in RAW.
In studying the image, I was attracted to the long curves of the petals(?) and the bug. My goal was to emphasize that aspect and suggest the “bug highways” I saw in the curves.
I used cropping and color adjustments to try and accomplish this.
You probably don’t need the detail, but Lightroom changes included:
decreased shadows, whites and blacks
tweaked the hue settings for red, yellow, and orange
boosted green hue toward blue range but then decreased green saturation and luminance to get a darker green background that I thought better complemented the new pinker hues of the petals
sharpened the image a bit
reduced noise generated by my changes in the noise and luminance settings.
Processed by Ken Robb
Nik Color Fx 4
Perceptual Sat 22%
Method 3 @ 63%
Correct Contrast 23%
Dynamic Contrast 32%
Levels & Curves
Center Luminosity 26%
Border Luminosity –48%
Center Size – 14%
Centered on the bug
Added Structure to the bug
What a diference in each photographers vision when processing.
Here was my own Version processed with Nik Software, Color Efex and Viveza.
Thanks to all the photographers that participated, and took the time to process the image.
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