Helpful comments please

Attached is an image I have just worked on in PL5, it is derived from a raw (raf) file. It was a bright day, sunny but with cloud around. To me the image still lacks a little “sparkle”. It may just be me but tips/advice would be helpful and appreciated.

Thank you

The photo looks absolutely fine. I would leave it as is.

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now it’s sRGB – and you still can use a skylight filter → FilmPack → warmth

forgot to mention

  • always check the downloaded file (with correct colour space) !!
  • the visible file in the forum (also the enlarged one) has no colour profile
    inspite of correct export

Use Landscape toning for greener greens and add some saturation to the orange channel so the buildings won’t look so drab.

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Can you describe “sparkle”? What is it that you miss? Contrast? Fine detail? More saturation? If you can say what you miss, you’ll be able to fix it.


It is hard to describe but think of a bright sunny(ish) day and that lovely bright light that hits the image. In Luminar it would probably be something like a tweaked golden hour filter and in ON1 the sunshine filter. Lr just seems to catch it with auto adjust - or at least it gets in the ball park. I think Mark has just about got it right .

Okay, you like Mark’s saturation boost. I’d also add Wolfgang’s highlight. recovery (tent).

Sparkle feels more subtle than increased saturation imo. If you look at images you like and list their properties, you’ll get to know your preferences in a way that helps you to get that look. Writing things down or speaking them out loud will help to refine the perception.

I would also add some ClearView Plus to the sky and clouds using a Control Line. Not near a computer to give an example right now.

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Incorporating both @platypus and @KeithRJ suggestions as well as my previous corrections. You could of course do better working with the original RAW file.

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Thank you all.

Something I like to try with images like this is apply a color filter (one of the FilmPack features built into PhotoLab if you have the right licenses). Mauve might be my favorite, at about 25% intensity. I think it looks good for this scene, making the sky a bit less cyan and making the people on the grass pop more (the grass becomes a little darker and less saturated). I think a slight boost to the midtones helps, too.

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My immediate sense was that the bright, saturated grass foreground overwhelms the subject in this case. I’d start with cropping out as much of it as possible so the interesting building can come to the fore.

This would give it more power but at the expense of some interesting context. A lot depends on how big it’s to be used.

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