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12-09-2011, 12:56 PM   #1
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I used to have a standard sharpening (CS4) when I used the K10d. Now I have switched to the K5 and found the action I created didn't do very much. So I have started new tests, but would like to know your take on this. Do you sharpen K5 pictures? and if you do, what method do you use?

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Do you sharpen RAW or JPG image?
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remember that sharpening generally has two parameters: sharpening strength and radius. With the megapixel increase of the k-5, the results you get from an equivalent sharpening action for the k10d will be more subtle, since the sampling size/radius of the sharpening action affects a relatively smaller area of the overall image at a time
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I mainly used jpg (75% of the time) And had a detailed action set up, with (among other steps) a High Pass layer. I found that this method gave a better result than the standard unsharpen-mask.

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I have been very happy with standard sharpening straight out of the camera (RAW), I seldom shoot JPEG. I do not like the stark effect that too much sharpening gives. If I do sharpening, it is very little in PS.
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I sharpen my RAW images in Lightroom 3 and have been amazed at how much they can take!
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Hi

I only shoot RAW and do all sharpening, if necessary, with FocalBlade which is a Photoshop plugin. It is available for other programs that follow the Adobe plugin standard.

I use this plugin exclusively because it has many finetuning capabilities such as black/white halo adjustments, texture adjustment and so forth. I think a better sharpening program will be hard to find. FocalBlade will of course also work with all other file formats and is particularly good with JPGs.

The Plugin Site - FocalBlade - Main

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+1 for using focalblade.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ursus.Kirk Quote
I mainly used jpg (75% of the time) And had a detailed action set up, with (among other steps) a High Pass layer. I found that this method gave a better result than the standard unsharpen-mask.
You should try RAW, especially with images that you think would need sharpening in PP. I only rely on LR3 to do the sharpening, once done, I do the rest of PP in CS5.
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No K-5 yet, but in general...

I only shoot RAW
I process in Lightroom for a first pass... no sharpening applied.
For "keepers" or those that will become prints, I do a little more work, mostly in PS, and convert the image to Lab color, duplicate layer, Unmask sharpen the Lightness channel, Switch to layers and then add a black mask to the whole image. Then witha white brush selectively sharpen the areas that need it - facial features for example...

Merge layers, convert back to RGB and then edit some more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
I only shoot RAW and do all sharpening, if necessary, with FocalBlade which is a Photoshop plugin.
FocalBlade looks interesting; unfortunately the site gives no information on price, even after downloading and installing the thing. I was hoping that both the plug-in and standalone Windows version were included in one download, but they're not. I had to give them my email just to get to the download page, and even then, no info on prices. I installed the standalone version, which is labelled "Demo" with no indication whether it's time limited, or I'm going to get nag screens, or how much the thing is supposed to cost. (CORRECTION: the download page does state that files will be saved with a watermark -- but I can't find a link to the non-demo version, or any prices. ****ing ridiculous. ) Haven't tried it yet. I'm not sure I want to keep it if they're going to be so mysterious about the price.


http://thepluginsite.com/products/photowiz/focalblade/

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentup Quote
Haven't tried it yet. I'm not sure I want to keep it if they're going to be so mysterious about the price.

+2 for Focalblade.

Prices are here: The Plugin Site - Order

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QuoteOriginally posted by dave kitson Quote
Prices are here: The Plugin Site - Order
Thanks. Stupid me, I missed that link. Past my budget. I should have looked more closely before installing the useless demo. I wish they'd use zip files for that stuff; my registry is cluttered enough.
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