Tuesday, January 5, 2010

hai-lights Smart Sharpen

So I was paging through this Digital Photography book and noticed 2 filter masks that they used on a picture of a flower just for artistic effects.  The first one was a combination of the Find Edges filter, adjust Threshold, and then a final Gaussian Blur.  The Second one was a Glowing Edges filter, adjust Threshold, and a final Gaussian Blur.  The point of the Glowing Edges filter to that it creates a mask with increased edge-sizes (which can be manually adjusted.)  When I read this, I thought .. well ... duh ... of course one should use this for a sharpening action.

For those of you who don't know, high level sharpening is often done manually for each picture.  And it could take many, many hours to finish.  So for those of us who don't want to invest that time, you try to find shortcuts that give you a similar edging effect to mask out all non-edges.  Anyways, this is still a work in progress and to figure out whether its even worth it, I need to figure out how the system's auto-mask sharpening works.

PS.  My 70300mm VR ED lens came in the other day.  It's AWESOME! :)

1 comment:

  1. On a side note, this picture was the first picture to undergo the hai-lights Smart Sharpen Beta.