Category Archives: Software and Post-Processing

How to Fix Banding in Digital Images

Remove Banding Artifacts with Photoshop

Mirrorless cameras converted for infrared capture can be prone to banding artifacts.

When I got my infrared-converted Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera, a colleague told me to watch out for banding in my images. I have never seen banding in images from my normal Nikon Z cameras, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

It turns out that in rare instances, I can detect slight banding patterns, especially if I’ve made strong local contrast adjustments, like the Structure slider in Silver Efex Pro 2.

Removing banding from digital images with Photoshop
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Tip of the Month: The Sky That Almost Wasn’t

Fix a weak sky using Lightroom Classic’s Dehaze Slider

Fix a sky in Lightroom with the Dehaze slider.

I was out photographing landscapes the other morning at Garden of the Gods, and the sky was just not great. Fortunately, I capture all my photos in raw format and make sure that I expose as to not blow out the highlights. Turns out, there was definition in the sky, but I had to bring the image into Lightroom Classic to fix it. I used the Dehaze slider and local masking to pull it off:

Fix your weak sky with the Dehaze tool and local masks using Lightroom.

Dealing with noise in digital photos

What, me worry?

Collared trogon (female), Trinidad, West Indies
Nikon D850 at ISO 6400

Do your high-iso images seem noisy? Chances are that it has nothing to do with your camera, and a lot to do with your image processing. Here are some tips for dealing with noise in your raw digital images.

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Getting it “Right” In-Camera

Full moon over Face Rock, Bandon, Oregon. © 2019 Jason P. Odell

Digital exposure is about data, not the final image

Photographic capture is not about “getting the image right” in-camera. It’s about recording the *best possible data* to further work on in post. In other words, we try to make sure that the original exposure preserves the elements of the image that are important to us, so that we can then execute the final image (in the darkroom or on the computer).

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Pro Tip: Cleaning Up Your Lightroom Catalog

Streamline Your Lightroom Catalog

I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom (Lightroom Classic) in earnest for about five years now, and my image library contains over 80,000 photos. Every now and then, I like to streamline my catalog to reduce clutter. A great way to do this is by using the “Refine Photos” command in Lightroom Classic:

Easily reduce clutter and streamline your Lightroom Classic catalog with the “refine photos” tool.