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How to perform a creamy picture like this?

Dec 4, 2012 12:29 AM 46/ 46/


These 2 pics were shot in high iso settings which should make lots of noise, but they looks very clean and creamy, smoothy.

I've tried several ways to perform like that but unable to archive such level.


I guess that was "Noise reduction" + "Sharpen Edge", any idea?


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    Dec 4, 2012 5:20 AM   in reply to hangovertini

    400 ISO really isn't high ISO - I never go below 400 ISO myself.


    As for the post-processing effect being used - there are many ways to achieve it (Lightroom probably isn't the best tool for the job) - but you might want to Google "cross processing", "Lucis Art", "Dave Hill look".


    However, here's a Lightroom solution that might get you close: ra-raw-or-lightroom/

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    Dec 4, 2012 9:03 AM   in reply to Keith_Reeder

    Here is the XMP of the first image as processed in LR3. What stands out is the high Recovery value (89) which in LR3 had the effect of flattening highlights, Luminance NR of 25 on a relatively low ISO image, the combination of -70 Saturation and +40 Vibrance, 0 Clarity and high Contrast.

    XMP — this group of metadata is encoded in 8,873 bytes (8.7k)

    XMP ToolkitAdobe XMP Core 4.2-c020 1.124078, Tue Sep 11 2007 23:21:40
    F Number2.8
    Aperture Value2.8
    Date/Time Original2011:04:19 22:10:05+08:00
    1 year, 7 months, 15 days, 1 hour, 23 minutes, 6 seconds ago
    Date/Time Digitized2011:04:23 23:21:17+08:00
    1 year, 7 months, 11 days, 11 minutes, 54 seconds ago
    White BalanceAuto
    White BalanceAs Shot
    Modify Date2011:04:28 20:05:36+08:00
    1 year, 7 months, 6 days, 3 hours, 27 minutes, 35 seconds ago
    Create Date2011:04:19 22:10:05+08:00
    1 year, 7 months, 15 days, 1 hour, 23 minutes, 6 seconds ago
    Creator ToolAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3
    Process Version5.7
    Incremental Temperature0
    Incremental Tint0
    Luminance Smoothing25
    Color Noise Reduction25
    Chromatic Aberration R0
    Chromatic Aberration B0
    Vignette Amount-100
    Vignette Midpoint20
    Shadow Tint0
    Red Hue0
    Red Saturation0
    Green Hue0
    Green Saturation0
    Blue Hue0
    Blue Saturation0
    Fill Light40
    Highlight Recovery89
    Hue Adjustment Red0
    Hue Adjustment Orange0
    Hue Adjustment Yellow0
    Hue Adjustment Green0
    Hue Adjustment Aqua0
    Hue Adjustment Blue0
    Hue Adjustment Purple0
    Hue Adjustment Magenta0
    Image Size1,320 × 880
    Saturation Adjustment Red0
    Saturation Adjustment Orange0
    Saturation Adjustment Yellow0
    Saturation Adjustment Green0
    Saturation Adjustment Aqua0
    Saturation Adjustment Blue0
    Saturation Adjustment Purple0
    Saturation Adjustment Magenta0
    Luminance Adjustment Red0
    Luminance Adjustment Orange0
    Luminance Adjustment Yellow0
    Luminance Adjustment Green0
    Luminance Adjustment Aqua0
    Luminance Adjustment Blue0
    Luminance Adjustment Purple0
    Luminance Adjustment Magenta0
    Split Toning Shadow Hue55
    Split Toning Shadow Saturation0
    Split Toning Highlight Hue55
    Split Toning Highlight Saturation31
    Split Toning Balance+53
    Parametric Shadows+8
    Parametric Darks-2
    Parametric Lights+2
    Parametric Highlights0
    Parametric Shadow Split14
    Parametric Midtone Split50
    Parametric Highlight Split75
    Sharpen Radius+1.0
    Sharpen Detail25
    Sharpen Edge Masking42
    Post Crop Vignette Amount0
    Grain Amount0
    Luminance Noise Reduction Detail50
    Color Noise Reduction Detail50
    Luminance Noise Reduction Contrast0
    Lens Profile Enable0
    Lens Manual Distortion Amount0
    Perspective Vertical0
    Perspective Horizontal0
    Perspective Rotate0.0
    Perspective Scale100
    Convert To GrayscaleFalse
    Tone Curve NameMedium Contrast
    Camera ProfileEmbedded
    Camera Profile Digest54650A341B5B5CCAE8442D0B43A92BCE
    Lens Profile SetupLensDefaults
    Has SettingsTrue
    Has CropFalse
    Already AppliedTrue
    Flash FiredFalse
    Flash ReturnNo return detection
    Flash ModeUnknown
    Flash FunctionFalse
    Flash Red Eye ModeFalse
    Tone Curve0, 0, 32, 22, 64, 56, 128, 128, 192, 196, 255, 255
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    Dec 5, 2012 5:00 AM   in reply to hangovertini

    It is a separate "sidecar" file for proprietary Raw files, but is inserted into the metadata of jpgs and DNGs.

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