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Sharpening settings in LR

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by tuxxdk, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2014

    Up for discussion, I'm curious to what fellow LR users use for settings.

    I've played quite a bit with some ORF files from my E-M10 and have found that:

    Amount 40
    Radius 0.7
    Detail 50
    Masking 25
    Luminious noise control 10

    .. Works pretty good for ISO200 images as a generel rule. I've disables in-cam noise control.

    However it's just recently I've started playing with those sharpen sliders. So it's much new to me.

    What are your settings? Perhaps even enable in-cam noise control and not use a small amount in LR? I find that even on base ISO there is a small amount of grain that I'm not used to with APS-C, hence my experiment with noise removal on 10.

    Please share :) 
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  2. m4c

    m4c Mu-43 Regular

    May 15, 2014
    Czech Republic
    I almost never touch Radius (1) and detail (25), for amount of sharpening I mostly have it around 70-80 and masking always with alt key, so I know what exactly is sharpened.
    Noise reduction on ISO 200 is around 10, with higher ISO it´s always higher up to 40-50. In camera noise reduction is always off, because it seems to me, that on my old EP1 noise reduction only add noise :mad: 
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  3. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I wrote an article on sharpening for my personal, non commercial blog. I used ACDSee as the software model, but during my research, I discovered that at least the older versions of Lr approach sharpening in the same way as ACDsee Pro. I suspect you will find the latter half of the article more useful than the first half. Take what you want and leave the rest, I guess!

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  4. christofp

    christofp Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 21, 2012
    I had some issues with high "detail" settings, this can give very nasty noise at high ISOs.

    I have more radius and less detail:

    Amount 25
    Radius 1.0
    Detail 15
    Masking 25

    Noise Lum 20
    Detail Lum 50
    Noise Col 25
    Detail Col 50

  5. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Amount 35
    Radius 2.0
    Detail 50
    Masking 25-50+ (check smooth areas like sky with holding Alt key)
  6. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2014
    Cool - keep'em coming :)  There's something for the weekend to mess with then, if rain should fall (and they say it will).
  7. MichaelShea

    MichaelShea Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Algarve, Portugal
    Sharpening presets are usually a mistake, unless they refer specifically to certain cameras, lenses and particular photo subject matter all at the same time. Even then, they are really only a starting point. It's quite ridiculous to apply the same amount and type of sharpening to a portrait, for example, as you would to a landscape scene.
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  8. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2014
    I fully agree, Michael.

    Nevertheless, a good starting point is great. In a hurry, I could mark all photos and export in batch with that starting point.

    I have a starting point that works for 90% of my images shot at base ISO. Then I can fiddle with the last 10%. Rather that, than a starting point that only works for 10% :) 

    My preset is not the same for the D7000, LX3 and Fuji X100s, to name a few, of my images in the database.
  9. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2011
    I use amount 40, radius 1.2, detail 25. But here's the really cool part - While holding alt slide the masking to the right and watch the display. As you increase masking it blocks out large areas (they turn black) where you don't want to apply sharpening. For me this has made a significant difference in my quality. You don't need to apply sharpening to large areas with no edges and this takes care of that.
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  10. randyspan

    randyspan Mu-43 Veteran

    May 24, 2014
    New Hampshire, USA
    Randy Spann
  11. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2014
    Yeah I just found out a few days ago what the masking does. Pretty awesome!
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