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Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by bill-e, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. bill-e


    May 10, 2008
    New Hampshire
    This is the original

    NIKON D40    ---    30mm    f/1.4    1/1000s    ISO 200

    On this copy I used USM, Eye Pop, Curves (auto cuz I haven't a clue) Warming filter and vignette.

    I'm not happy with her skin and hair so I'll try again. Comments very welcome.
    NIKON D40    ---    30mm    f/1.4    1/1000s    ISO 200
  2. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
  3. bill-e


    May 10, 2008
    New Hampshire

    I tried that tutorial and the color came out almost the same so I guess I didn't screw it up too much. Still not too happy though, I try some more today when I get a chance.

    NIKON D40    ---    30mm    f/1.4    1/1000s    ISO 200
  4. bill, i think that this is much better
    one thing: this original image is NOT in focus, either
    i would honestly stop shooting at f/1.4
    try f/2.8 for a while
    get the images tack sharp and the post-processing will get better from there

    the OOF issue may be more of a camera/lens issue and NOT "YOU"
    whatever the cause f/1.4 is not giving you an IN focus image

    no offense intended...
    close down the lens a couple of stops and shoot some more

    once again...
    your color edit was very, very good
  5. i'm anxious to see you shoot at f/2, and f/2.8, etc
    there have been tons of reports of sigma 30/1.4 lenses NOT focusing properly on nikon bodies for years.... i have just thought of this

    i want you to make sure that your lens and D40 can get tack sharp pictures
    because history suggests that it MIGHT NOT be the case

    i'd do some non-people shooting with that lens and find out, if i were you
  6. artona


    Jul 9, 2008


  7. bill-e


    May 10, 2008
    New Hampshire

    This picture is from that original group where I was shooting wide open and I haven't been around my g'kids to try some stopped down a it yet. Also, I replaced my first lens with another and I think they shoot about the same at wide open.

    I searched for a few shots which weren't wide open. The first one is of Tessa though it's at 1/60. The rest seem to be OK yu my old eyes with the OOF seeming a DOF artifact...thoughts? These are all natural light, hand held and un-edited with the exception of cropping and resizing.


  8. the second one
    1/125 @ f/8 is very sharp and i like this image:

    NIKON D40    ---    30mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 200
  9. and, it's f/1.4 counterpart at 1/3200 is sharp as well

    NIKON D40    ---    30mm    f/1.4    1/3200s    ISO 200
  10. i guess there is no wind there
    the thing with people and f/1.4 is...

    1. DOF at THAT distance is paper thin.... << 1"
    so... getting it "right" is a challenge, to say the very least

    2. are you using single-point focus?
    that would be best and make sure you know which reticle is selected and focus directly on the eyes

    3. use the af-on button to focus and not the shutter release. press the af-on button. let it "acquire" and SOFTLY DEPRESS the shutter release

    just a few thoughts
  11. bill-e


    May 10, 2008
    New Hampshire

    So would conclude that the focus issues are me and not the lens? That's what I concluded.

    Yes, I use spot focus and no I haven't used the AL-Lock button for focus but that was the next thing I was going to try. Thanks
  12. rbellphoto


    Jun 8, 2006
    Here's my take:


    Here's what I did...

    1) Adjusted levels. (15, 1.4, 225)
    2) Added a little saturation (about 20)
    3) Smart sharpen 1.0 pixel at 100%
    4) Selected (with feathering) just her face and copied to new layer and selected linear dodge blending at 15-20%
    5) Added a vignette to darken edges.
  13. well... it isn't that "it's you," bill
    it's just that f/1.4 and kids who never TRULY SIT STILL means that you'll have to take 10 images to get 1 truly in focus

    shoot a few people portraits at f/2 or 2.8 and see what happens
    that would be my suggestion
  14. jayedeem


    Jul 19, 2008
    Fullerton, Ca
    hehe spalding scolding the people using f 1.4! jk, but really i learned from him to use 2.8 and its very true i shot at f2.8 over the weekend the images came out really sharp and in focus.
  15. sjlarue


    Nov 18, 2007
    Bill for some reason I can't see your first two images. I have been having that trouble with a few other people. From the rest that people have used, I looked at it and the only thing that I did extra was add a (LBA)warming filter. I don't know, to me she seemed a little cold.
  16. itsmike


    Mar 2, 2008
    Greenlawn NY
    Well, I had a quick go at it..
    1. I just ran my basic PP on it. Lvls, Curves, USM, NR, Sat, and Exposure.


    2. Same as above with a Vignette..

    View attachment 232954

    3. I ran a Kubota Action, "Modern Antique 1" I like this one..

    View attachment 232955
  17. I used a touch of midnight sephia glow, then added back some red and highlights to the dress. I like the colors here, but I don't know for sure if they are true to life.

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