Christmas Lantern Post Processing

Yesterday was Monday and a busy one at that… Long day at work and my son’s Christmas program at school led to little time for photography. This image was a bit of a scramble for day #339 of 365 in my year long project. I found this Lantern that holds a candle if one wishes, ours doesn’t have a candle btw. This was taken on our dining room table lit from the chandelier above that added a yellow cast to the image. So let’s look at the process.

Before and after thumbs:


Here’s the original raw image as displayed in Aperture before edits:


ISO 1600 F/2.8 1/50

Here are a screen grab of the edits applied in Aperture:


White Balance adjustment: to 2850K
Levels: Auto Levels(Luminance)
Sharpen: Intensity(.61), Radius(1.82)
Vignette: Gamma, Intensity(0.61), Radius(1.51)

This is how the image looks after those edits:


At this point I opened the image up in Picture Photo Suite from OnOne Software:


Using the Effects pane in the Suite I added a High Key B&W filter at 80% and clicked apply.

Here is the final photo:


Fairly simple edit that makes a difference.

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  • Pediatrics Doctor Sep 5, 2012 @ 17:44

    Christmas really brings out a lot of the artistic flair of many people. I wonder if Christmas this year will be as colorful as last. What do you think?