Editing Friday (on Saturday); White Pepper

Friday is Friday and editing is editing and today is Saturday.

This week I am editing a pepper. Not a chilli pepper just a regular red pepper. I am editing Adobe Camera Raw and will be making a black and white conversion in Adobe Camera Raw. Untitled1

I started with an image which was taken one stop down from the 0 exposure. The reason I choose to use a stop downed image is that the 0 exposure had lost a lot of detail in the highlights. The image was shot with a single light source and focused on the stork of the pepper letting the focus drop off as the image fades to the background.


First I made the main tonal adjustments to the image. I was not worried at this point about the pepper being to dark because in the black and white conversion I can adjust the shades of red independently  At this point I was mostly concerned with not clipping either the highlights or the shadows.


Next I cleaned up the noise first by adjusting the colour noise slider and then the luminance noise.


I then corrected image distortion caused by the camera. I used the camera profile given by ACR to make the adjustments and then selected to defringe all edges.


The next step I took was converting the image to black and white. I first concentrated on the tones of the pepper. I moved the red colour to a lighter tone along with orange and yellow. I did all this to lighten the pepper to give it an appearance of being white.

Untitled6I moved down to the other colours; blue and aquas had to be lowered because these tones existed in the background. I also lowered the purples slightly and raised the magentas because it is linked to the reds and oranges.


With the pepper now toned I used the curves to lighten it more as well as darkening the background using the strong contrast preset.


My final step was to export the image to Photoshop, I reduced the noise some more using noise ninja and sharpened the image. Lastly I adjusted the curves again to add some highlight and shadow detail to the image.


I really like the final image, it is an interesting interpretation of a red pepper. I like the toning and it is a great example of the flexibility of Adobe Camera Raw. I also think the lighting of image is better as you have more details in the highlights . Although the bottom right of the pepper does fade into the black of the foreground and background it works with the soft focus of the image.

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One thought on “Editing Friday (on Saturday); White Pepper

  1. I like this a lot. The profile tools in ACR and LR4 are very powerful and well worth experimenting with. The colour adjustments have been very effective. I often use a B&W layer on my colour images, switch to luminosity blend and then tweaking the colour sliders. It can give good results. I think the message is to be ready to explore. Even a simple pepper can produce very pleasing results.

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