During my last year visit to Kota Bharu i took this picture.
Please allow me to describe this ‘must visit place’ when you go to Kelantan. Pasar Siti Khadijah – It’s one of the most beautiful and photographed market in malaysia. You can buy almost anything here :- fresh meat, vegetables, batiks, kain baju kurung, scarves, brass equipment, prayer accessories, weapon etc… Located at the heart of Kota Bharu, you cannot claim you’ve been to Kelantan if you miss this market.
The photo is rich in color but lack in contrast and saturation/vibrant to my likening.
I google for post process enhancement, after almost 2 hours i finally landed to a page/forum that teach a technique called manny librodo sharpening technique (unsharp mask). i tried and here is the final result.
sharing the good things, and credit to the place where i found it, here is the the steps to achieve it:-
Edit>Fade USM 100% in Darken Mode
Edit>Fade USM 50% in Lighten Mode
For seasoned photoshoppers, above command is understandable. ok for those who didnt understand, this is sort of details step by step on how to achieve the result. haha.. screenshot from mac’s photoshop cs3.
1. Open your image that you want to apply this technique.
2. Do other adjustment first. resizing, cropping, leveling, adjust the curve etc.. until the second final step where you want to sharpening it. (and finally flatten it again)
3. This is where the technique start : Flatten the image.
4. Duplicate current image (by dragging image in layer plate (on right panel) to new icon, next to bin icon in the layer plate)
5. Select the background layer by clicking it in the layer plate.
6. goto Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask… and enter Amount 18, Threshold 0 and Radius 40. click OK
7. Goto Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask… and enter Amount 150, Threshold 0 and Radius 0.3. click OK
8. Goto Edit and pick ‘Fade Unsharp Mask’ set the Opacity to 100% and choose Darken in the Mode dropdown list. Click OK
9. Goto Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask and enter Amount 150, Threshold 0 and Radius 0.3. Click OK
10. Now goto Edit -> ‘Fade Unsharp Mask’ set the Opacity to 50% and choose Lighten in the Mode dropdown list. Click OK
10. Finally goto Layers -> Flatten image to flatten the image.
here is the comparison between before and after post processing.
im not sure why, but my post process result in this picture is wayyyy much better than what i demonstrated here. maybe dpi?, compression?, color profile? file size? – it’s already late morning now… Try it yourself, but from my observation this technique work best when your picture has multiple color and in good dynamic range. Watch out the level of noise too…