Additional ideas on linear profiles — Bruce Percy

With the most recent craze in Linear Profiles for modifying, I can respect that spotlight information is extra unfold out and thus there could also be finer management of tones on this area of the histogram, however its advantages are to the detriment of shadow and extra importantly mid-tones that are compressed down in direction of the left.

Once more, if it have been me, I might be selecting a Gamma corrected distribution profile in RAW, however utilizing one the place the contrasts and minimal (equivalent to Impartial) after which lowering the contrasts additional through the use of the sliders.

For the previous 12 months or so, once I’ve been discussing my very own workflow on my workshops (I scan my photos as flat as potential, with lowered distinction and shadows and highlights properly inside clipping vary), many individuals assume this is identical factor as utilizing a linear profile. Let me make this clear: it isn’t. It’s not even shut.

I might say that my workflow is nearer to utilizing a gamma corrected profile, however lowering the contrasts even additional as a place to begin.

My fundamental argument with the standard method – the Adobe college of thought the place they need so that you can get the blacks, highlights appropriate within the RAW earlier than you start work isn’t how I do it. I keep away from this, as a result of what you’re basically doing is punching up the contrasts globally throughout the picture. It’s a blunt method to high quality modifying. I might a lot fairly begin with the fundamental elements of the picture fairly than a cooked picture. To get to the fundamental elements, select a gamma corrected profile with the bottom distinction, after which cut back the distinction additional.

I’m in search of a file that’s malleable. A file that has had the blacks and highlights punched as much as ultimate outcomes provides me no leeway to determine the place the contrasts and emphasis of visible consideration must be.

Work with smooth RAW information. However beware, so far as I can inform – they don’t seem to be the identical factor as linear profiles. Linear profiles compress the shadows and midtones, to present us extra room to edit the highlights. However most visible data we choose up is within the mids.

Simply my ideas.

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