Mainly looking for post-processing help! I’m no master of Photoshop and really struggle with scenes like this that feature grass and/or foliage (but especially grass, and especially in low light). I find it hard to add contrast without making the image feel too contrasty and crunchy. I could always reduce the contrast I’m adding in, but then the image feels flat. There is a lot of texture in images like this, but I feel like there should be a way to accentuate the texture without making the image too harsh, if that makes sense. Curious if anyone has tips on this.
Open to feedback, but not primarily what I’m looking for today.
I shot this image hand-held with my Fuji X-T2 + 55-200 at about 78mm. 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600.
My basic processing pipeline is as follows:
- Basic color/tonal modifications and sharpening in Lightroom
a. Spot cleanup
b. Basic levels adjustment
c. Add midtone contrast using luminosity masks
d. Bit of dodging to even things out
e. Slight orton
f. Final crop/cleanup
- Back to LR for a touch of vignette and export
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