I do get occasionally get asked about my post-processing workflow. I am an advocate of “getting it right in the camera”, and most of my photographs are presented in a straightforward manner so I spend a trivial amount of time in the “digital darkroom”. When shooting at higher ISO’s (800 and above), I find the need to apply a little extra TLC to photos.
The above side by side view shows my typical RAW file with default settings applied (very light noise reduction and sharpening). On the right I have gently applied more noise reduction on only the background, and additional sharpening on the bird’s face only. This took me less than 5 minutes to prepare my photo for web and basic print usage.
The photo above is finalized JPEG for online presentation. Cropping would increase the apparent signal-to-noise ratio of the image, and I did not feel a crop was in order for this shot.
This male Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) was photographed at the Troy Meadows Natural Area in New Jersey. Photography equipment used includes: Tamron SP 150-600mm VC Lens, Canon EOS 7D DSLR, Manfrotto 055x ProB tripod.
Exposure info: 1/160 F/8 ISO 800