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Suncorp Bank Before & Afters

Suncorp Waiting 1

I just wished to give you an idea of a what I start and finish with. It is just a simple shot (Ricoh GR jpg) not a keeper but it will do for this excersize. Above is my quick (3 minutes)  final image using Photoshop CC, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Photoscape. Below I have included a color version, I realize I dont post color that often so I will need to step out of my comfort zone a bit I think. I processed the below imageth first in Photoshop CC then Lightroom adding a VSCO Polaroid preset.

Suncorp Waiting 2 VSCO
Both images above have been sharpened using Photoshop CC's new 'Shake Reduction' filter under the sharpen menu. It is surprising what a difference it can make. When shooting street I am always moving around, I rarely sit and wait for an opportunity to come my way. This obviously causes camera movement and although I set my shutter speed to 250th there is still an amount of camera movement effecting the image. It is a littler easier to see with the combined examples below. *iI thought I should add that after I finished this post I used the 'shake reduction' filter on a few more images with terrable results ??? no idea why it was really hit and miss
original image & B&W final image

original image & final image
all 3 images
So there you go, nothing to involved or insightful. One more thing, if you use Photoshop CC ($9.99 a month for both Lighroom) Google's Nik Software pack is a must. I use Silver Efex Pro from that pack for 90% of my black & white conversions, its film emmulation is fantastic to say the least. So cheers and thanks for reading and visiting my blog site. I might actually do a vid of my process soon ......


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