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Nikon 1 J5 RAW Shadow Recovery

Discussion in 'Critiques' started by Eduard, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Eduard

    Eduard Administrator
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    @Laurie captured an interesting perspective while we were in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. When I initially looked at it, I was disappointed as the shadows overpowered the image. Without much optimism, I decided to try to see how much latitude the J5 NEF would allow. With a little work, I was very pleased with how much I was able to recover.

    This is how I proceeded. First, I enabled profile corrections and did basic shadow lightening in Lightroom. I then exported to Photoshop. In Photoshop, I applied the "Balanced and Realistic" preset in Aurora HDR and applied moderate noise reduction in Noiseless CK Pro. Back in LR, I exported the final image.

    Here are the "before" and "after" views:

    Mostar_Street_Before.jpg
    Date: 2016:06:08 13:43:12 - Manufacturer: Nikon Corporation - Model: NIKON 1 J5 - Focallength: 10 mm - Measurement: Pattern - Aperture: 3.5 - ISO: 160 - Exposuretime: 1/800 sec - Flash: No Flash Mostar_Street_After.jpg
    Date: 2016:06:08 13:43:41 - Manufacturer: Nikon Corporation - Model: NIKON 1 J5 - Focallength: 10 mm - Measurement: Pattern - Aperture: 3.5 - ISO: 160 - Exposuretime: 1/800 sec - Flash: No Flash
     
  2. Mike

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    Thats great,if only they had a system that suited me to go with the sensor Panasonic wouldn't have my money.
     
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    Nice! I have to remember that trick. Thanks for posting this procedure.
     
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    Nice Ed. So you utilized the preset inside of Photoshop from Aurora HDR software? Do you use the presets enough to say the software is worth it as well? Been watching that software since it came out and think I might pull the trigger on it too.

    Matt
     
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    I did use the preset after opening up the shadows in LR. Other HDR apps would probably work but I've found Aurora to be pretty intuitive.
     

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