Would anyone be so kind as to give me some guidance on what sharpening settings (Amount, Radius, Detail, Masking) I should use in Camera Raw when editing PORTRAIT NEF RAW images from my Nikon D90?
Any information would be gratefully received.
Can't give you numbers for that camera but I can give general guidance...
For portraits you'll want a larger radius as opposed to smaller so think 1.2-1.5. Then, Detail will prolly want to be lower than the 25 default. You WILL want an edge mask...how much is a matter of taste. Be sure to use a bit of luminance noise reduction even if you are well exposed at low ISO. Most images benefit from 5-15 reduction. The Amount setting should be set so the image regains the sharpness lost by digital capture and AA filters. Don't try to sharpen for "effect'...all you want is to have the image "look good" at 100% zoom.
Thank you Jeff for your response. It is extremely useful and greatly appreciated!