Simplified JPEG Sharpening Suggestion « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Simplified JPEG Sharpening Suggestion

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This White Pelican was photographed with the handheld 800mm f/5.6L IS lens and the EOS-1D MIV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering -1/3 stop: 1/2000 sec. at f/11. See additional comments below. As always, you can click on each image to enjoy a larger, sharper version. (I am not sure why the smaller images in Word Press look less sharp than the larger ones <smile>)

While I use the settings mentioned in yesterday’s post below for sharpening my 800 pixel wide JPEGs generically via an action, here is a great suggestion for those who sharpen their JPEGs individually.  I am 99% sure that I got this tip from David Thomasson on BPN:   Using Unsharp Mask set the Radius to .3 and then vary the Amount from 200 to 500%.  Check for halos and artifacting by viewing the image at at least 100% in the Unsharp Mask dialogue box.  When the image looks sharp and you are not seeing any of the destructive elements mentioned above click OK.  You can left-click on the image in the dialogue box  to see the effects of the sharpening or check and uncheck the Preview box to see the before and after sharpening on the image itself.

The generically created White Pelican JPEG above did not look ultra sharp so I brought it back into Photoshop and gave it an additional round of sharpening at 200/.3/0.  Now it rocks!

Thanks again David!

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