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Full Critique Red soldier beetles Small skipper and ?? (no flash Ryan)

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The soldier beetles shot is fantastic.
 

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I agree with Roger, the beetle shot is very nice.
Out of interest what do you normally do step by step when you edit your shots Les? Editing Programs, cropping, noise reduction for example.
 

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I agree with Roger, the beetle shot is very nice.
Out of interest what do you normally do step by step when you edit your shots Les? Editing Programs, cropping, noise reduction for example.
Hi Ryan i use lightroom i crop if needed then clarity (Lightly) exposure and noise reduction and ive just started to use Topaz sharpen for the end result
 

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Hi Ryan i use lightroom i crop if needed then clarity (Lightly) exposure and noise reduction and ive just started to use Topaz sharpen for the end result
I thought I detected a bit of something like topaz, especially in the last shot. Sometimes Topaz over bakes and you get these weird artifacts you can see around the wasp's abdomen. I am going to guess it was a fairly hefty crop and you set it for heavy denoise/ sharpen which is when I have experienced this behaviour before.
What was the original like unedited?
 

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Here is the original Ryan

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Nicely done Les. I also do notice the artifacts that Ryan pointed out in the final image.
 

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1 and 2 are both cracking images Les. Nice work.
 

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Here is the original Ryan
As I suspected about the crop Les, it is pretty extreme.
When you crop that much with a noisy image there really isn't a lot software can do to make up the detail that is lost to noise. If you were to run denoise on the original as is, it would smooth out all the noise and apply some sharpening to make up for the smoothing depending on your settings but you do lose finer details in the process, when you crop in those lost details become more apparent.
If you are shooting in shadow to keep a nice even light you really need to get the shot as close to right in camera as possible. This will make it easier to get good results from Topaz and give a better end result.
If you are struggling to get as close as your framing suggests you want to get, It might mean shooting from further away and using negative space in the frame to compliment the subject as a workaround.
 

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As I suspected about the crop Les, it is pretty extreme.
When you crop that much with a noisy image there really isn't a lot software can do to make up the detail that is lost to noise. If you were to run denoise on the original as is, it would smooth out all the noise and apply some sharpening to make up for the smoothing depending on your settings but you do lose finer details in the process, when you crop in those lost details become more apparent.
If you are shooting in shadow to keep a nice even light you really need to get the shot as close to right in camera as possible. This will make it easier to get good results from Topaz and give a better end result.
If you are struggling to get as close as your framing suggests you want to get, It might mean shooting from further away and using negative space in the frame to compliment the subject as a workaround.
Thanks very much Ryan realy appreciate your comments
 

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Not too shabby.
 
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