This project was a personal commission collaborating with Crikey Aphrodite where I wanted to create a themed set for my own portfolio.

This the area where you can start to add some effects or counter the side effects of noise reduction. It contains two sections:
1) Grain
2) Post Crop Vignetting
I’ll look at Grain first. It seems counter-intuitive we have a noise reduction and a creative grain function within the ACR converter, but it does have several important functions.

I had just bought a new Canon 5D Mk II and got a nice deal on a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens so I wanted to test this combination out to see what both can do. It would be the second outing for both pieces of gear.

Just a quick update. The last few months have been rather hectic and I’ve been reviewing Photoshop CS6 Beta to see the new changes coming down the pike. This will be one of the biggest changes to Photoshop in a long time and by Jove it’s shaping up to be one of the best.

It’s a fact of life that all lenses are imperfect; it’s the nature of lens design and physics that dictate this rather than any design flaws inherent in the lenses themselves.

There is little difference between lighting a studio to an outdoor location. The only difference is that you’ve got ambient light to contend with. Arguably you’ll learn more about lighting a subject working outdoors than you will in the controlled environment of a studio, but the downside is the amount of kit you may need to do so.

Split toning tab is a process where you divide an image in to two halves and then apply a colour to each of those sections. It’s a great way to produce creative effects when you apply colour theory such as blending blue shadows with yellow highlights resulting in colour vibrancy.

These three tabs within the RAW interface offer a set of tools that really allows you to be creative and play with colour. It utilises the power of the HSL colour mode to allow you move and adjust colours throughout the image.

This is probably one of the most complex and yet easiest tabs to understand in ACR. Within this tab we can perform minor miracles with slightly out of focus images and create usable high ISO images with the new noise reduction settings found in ACR 6.

Tonal control in ACR.
There are two panels in the Tonal control section which are similar to each other. These two panels work in the same way as curves but with on important difference they don’t have colour channels instead it works only the luminance data of the image.