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Old Dec 6, 2013, 2:11 PM   #1
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Well I took the trial for Lightroom 5.2 and I gotta say I am pretty impressed.

this was my best attempt at processing with After Shot Pro


Aruba Sunrise by ramcewan, on Flickr


Same image run through LR 5.2 with a slight crop... I was amazed at how much more it could get out of the shadows while still not blowing out the sky


Aruba Sunrise 3 by ramcewan, on Flickr

I don't know if I could have gotten it there using CAP plus maybe GIMP but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been so easy

I think I am sold
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Old Dec 6, 2013, 2:22 PM   #2
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Have you tired playing with the "Clarity" slider yet?

Anyway, I think LR is well worth the effort of learning it and the cost.

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Have you tired playing with the "Clarity" slider yet?

Anyway, I think LR is well worth the effort of learning it and the cost.
Yes I used the clarity slider on this very image and then applied the "punch" preset. I think it really helped to bring out detail in the clouds. I'd like a bit more noise reduction in the foreground... I am sure there is a way I just have to figure it out...
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Yes I used the clarity slider on this very image and then applied the "punch" preset. I think it really helped to bring out detail in the clouds. I'd like a bit more noise reduction in the foreground... I am sure there is a way I just have to figure it out...
The paint brush allows you to apply many different settings to the "painted" area, NR among them.
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That is a significant difference in final files, I can see where one may decide the LR edit is way ahead of ASPro with that difference. However, if the data are there for detail and the LR file shows it is then ASPro can edit for it as well as LR or any other edit programs.

For ASPro JPG edit the highlight slider is N/A so the work must be done using the other standard sliders which for the most part is what I always use anyway, only occasionally do I use the highlight slider for RAW.

I see the original file for this image can be downloaded from Flickr, would you mind me editing that file to show same detail as the LR file in this post?

If I may then I will post the file and the ASPro settings used to make it.
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That is a significant difference in final files, I can see where one may decide the LR edit is way ahead of ASPro with that difference. However, if the data are there for detail and the LR file shows it is then ASPro can edit for it as well as LR or any other edit programs.

For ASPro JPG edit the highlight slider is N/A so the work must be done using the other standard sliders which for the most part is what I always use anyway, only occasionally do I use the highlight slider for RAW.

I see the original file for this image can be downloaded from Flickr, would you mind me editing that file to show same detail as the LR file in this post?

If I may then I will post the file and the ASPro settings used to make it.
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I don't doubt that ASPro can do it, please feel free to download the RAW file here on my skydrive and give it a whirl. I would love to hear what steps you take and see the final result.

http://sdrv.ms/18psacX

Understand that I am not slamming ASPro I was just surprised how easily I was able to produce something I liked better in LR.
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This I've heard from several people including Zig, Harj & Greg C., evidently PS/LR has this down pretty nice. I've never used it so the CLARITY slider isn't familiar to me.
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If I get a chance I will have a go at the RAW data for your file, thanks.
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Clarity slider = "Punch", "pop", etc. Default setting is -o- and one can move the slider in either direction to +100 or -100. Negative clarity can give a soft focus effect. Too much positive Clarity for certain subjects can be, well, too much.
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Yes I used the clarity slider on this very image and then applied the "punch" preset. I think it really helped to bring out detail in the clouds. I'd like a bit more noise reduction in the foreground... I am sure there is a way I just have to figure it out...
The adjustment brush. paint over the area to denoise, then adjust the noise reduction slider to taste.

That's a beauty of a pic to work on.

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Wonderful image ramcewan. Would you mind if I took a shot at it using LR5?

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