Dancing Nuthatch (Three Photographs) and more on Post-Processing -Tuning

Nuthatch-3To view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

Many of the programs I have used to post-process photos have an auto-tuning option for correcting exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows etc. I actually find Lightroom’s auto-tone quite useful as a starting point. After the auto-toning I find it easier to make changes like bringing down the highlights and ensuring a black point and white point. At the start the program takes its best shot at fixing everything. The exposure adjustment basically lightens or darkens your photograph globally. Contrast addresses the definition between pixels and colors, too much darkens the photo while adding detail, and less contrast reduces the detail while lightening the picture. The highlights adjustment works with the brightest areas in your photograph. Lowering the highlights can have a dramatic effect on clouds. Shadow adjustment can help bring out detail and color in the shadows. White and black adjustments determine what is blown out or is perfectly black (you want none of the former and a little of the latter). Finally, several programs have adjustments for saturation and clarity. Saturation effects the intensity of color, none is monochrome, too much is psychedelic. Clarity affects the mid-tones and highlights details. I never use saturation or clarity, because I use third-party software that does similar things if needed. This is not a review of Lightroom, but I will note that Lightroom has modules for curve adjustments (an advanced way of adjusting highlights, mid-tones and shadows), and for adjusting hue, saturation and luminance (HSL) individually. These modules are advanced adjustments and can be excluded in basic editing. Next week: noise reduction, sharpening, detail extraction and a few other basics.



19 responses

  1. Love the nuthatches and info.


    June 12, 2016 at 1:29 am

  2. Wonderful photos! Lovely backdrop, detail and motion captured.


    June 12, 2016 at 3:29 am

  3. Wonderful close-up’s, and a good job in the post processing! 🙂


    June 12, 2016 at 5:07 am

  4. Lee

    What a beauty and thanks for aa your lessons. I am a birdwatcher, not a real photographer, but I have been enjoying reading your bite size lessons. I follow other photographers sites who give tips, but it usually goes over my head. I do some post “fixing up”, but now I am going to try some of your tips. I only have Photoshop, but it fixes things okay for me.
    My husband is our photographer, I just have a point and shoot, but a good one.
    Keep up the great photography.


    June 12, 2016 at 7:23 am

    • Great! Thanks. Only photoshop, that’s starting at the high end. Good luck, happy to help. Remember nik software is now free.


      June 12, 2016 at 7:31 am

      • Lee

        Oops. That’s Printshop Pro. Photoshop is
        really over my head. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        June 12, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  5. Love nuthatches. They are some hard working birds!


    June 12, 2016 at 7:33 am

  6. Some good tips – thanks, Victor. Jaunty little nuthatch!


    June 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  7. Oh that’s such a great capture! They’re great birds to watch, always so very busy.


    June 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm

  8. Beautiful photography!


    June 13, 2016 at 9:52 am

  9. Excellent work, Victor.


    July 7, 2016 at 7:50 am

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