Skipper Butterflies (Two Photographs) and a word on Detail and Sharpness

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All nature photographers want sharp photographs. With subjects like birds in flight, it is not always possible to get tack sharp photographs. Starting with a sharp photo taken in raw, there is always more detail available from sharpening the transition between tones and pixels and not just the standard sharpening of the pixels themselves. Third party plugins often have tonal contrast and detail extractors. The detail extractor in Nik Color Efx (now free) is a good example but its tonal contrast was better in former versions. Some plugins talk about structure and micro-detail. These are variations of detail extraction and can help if used with caution to improve the sharpness of a photo and give you more detail. With insects the details are often very small and these post-processing tools are a great way to ensure the sharp photograph you took in camera is faithfully reproduced.

Skipper Butterflies-2

8 responses

  1. Hi Skippy!


    May 13, 2016 at 7:59 am

  2. Great work, the depth of field here is spot on, nicely done.


    May 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

  3. The detail in your work always astounds me!


    May 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

  4. Nice info on sharpening. I’ve got my sharpening routine and I usually sharpen portions of the image. Lately I’m really into this! Nice results here. 🙂


    May 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

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