Lightroom specific topics

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by wt21, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I put a thread up at mu-43 asking about maybe making a subforum for lightroom pp on m43 cameras. Many are agreeing with me, but some want to just leave it general. The more I think about it, the more I see the need for specialization. For me, personally, I don't get a lot out of talking to people who are using CaptureOne or Aperture, because I can't really test the same things. But, if I could talk to someone about specific formula (+30 clarity, -15 blacks, etc.) in LR applied to their m43 camera, I could test that myself, and see if I like it.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    wt21, I took the liberty of moving your post out of Amin's thread about a new website domain he is considering and giving it it's own thread.

    I think the kind of processing threads you're discussing can all be contained in the current "Image Processing" subforum. I understand that when one wants specific advice on a piece hardware that others chiming in about they did it with different software is of little help.

    Lightroom is used by enough people that you should feel free to start a thread that is specific to Lightroom and get useful answers.
     
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  3. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I thought the point of this post was relevant to the other thread -- that specific technical fora can be more attractive than general fora. Feel free to delete this whole thread if you don't think in belong's in Amin's thread. I wasn't looking to start a LR sub-forum here at SC.

    <edit> -- just read your post explaining it. That wasn't my goal. I'm not actually interested in LR discussion here on SC. I'm interested in LR discussion around m43. I was just using it as an example of specific vs. general fora.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I see what you mean now. I have copied your initial post back into the thread, but I'll leave this one here as well. I think post processing has a potentially much bigger impact on a photo than the gear used and would love to see more discussion of various techniques and software.
     
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  5. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    well, I certainly wouldn't mind talking about post on sc, but for me I think that recipes used in post will be pretty specific to the camera (and even the sensor, e.g. what works for the OMD might be different than the EP3), so I figure targeting m43 users would be more useful, at least for me. Others might be better than I am at broader conceptualization.
     
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  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Processing doesn't tend to be the subject of a whole lot of discussion, but probably only because we're all getting it right in-camera anyway :wink:

    Just to the point about it being camera specific: I think that that is true if we are talking about actual values you might use for different software tools, but my current overall workflow and philosophy which I've used since switching to Lightroom 4 in the middle of last year doesn't change regardless of brand and model.
     
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  7. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I am sure, but for some, it would be great to see an example, and then hear your specific settings, then try that in our own pics, and see what we think. It's a great learning point, IMO, to see a sample, and see how it's done.
     
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  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Nic, you have a few different "looks" in your regular processing routines, but beyond that when you are going for something specific, the consistency to your processing has always impressed me.

    Do you think that a pre-set would vary that much if applied to a properly exposed image from 3 different cameras if shot in RAW?
     
  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    It would depend on what you want a preset to do. My presets really focus on giving me a more substantial file to work with by extending the dynamic range. Assuming a proper exposure and good initial contrast I could use them at this stage but generally they are just a starting point. While raw software will give you much more fine control of variables than an in-camera jpeg engine will, it runs into the same limitations if you attempt to create a preset that does everything in one step. My basic presets are very similar from camera to camera but any further processing tends to be influenced as much by the image content as it is the camera that took the image.

    While processing I am attempting to equalise the quality of output while trying to retain the individual character of output of different camaeras. My processing used to be all over the place with different filters but now I try to be more consistent and non-destructive.
     
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  10. flash

    flash SC Veteran

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    May 6, 2011
    Gordon
    I'm all for a home for Lightroom topics. But put it here rather on one of the other specific brand sites. No reason there can't be a sub head for Lightroom, Aperture and C1 with a few stickies for "recipes" etc. It'll give people a reason to visit here more.

    Gordon
     
  11. flash

    flash SC Veteran

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    May 6, 2011
    Gordon
    Yep. Definitely. I mix and match about 8 different cameras in 4 different brands. Some presets work across the board but most need to be tweaked for each model number.

    Gordon
     
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