Excuse the ignorance, but...huh?? I honestly have on idea what you're saying; can you expand/explain a little more?
And maybe for the thread as a whole, provide before and after examples so we can see the results?
I'm thinking Topaz is a program or plugin, sounds slightly familiar but i've never used it obviously.
<edit, damn, you beat me to it. Love that shot, the walls on the right look better, as does the sky. How's the noise look on it, any worse from the extra gain in the shadows?>
And good idea, here's an example of mine. Camera L-jpg and "finished" raw-converted attached at the bottom.
Taken with a black-towel as a background, speedlite to the left, maybe onboard flash in a high-ratio, can't remember, and a big silver dinner-serving tray to the right reflecting a bit of the flash back.
The RAW-recipe for this was:
- ALO Off.
-Bump brightness to +0.33, so the right-most histogram peak was right on 0.
-AutoWB (DPP's auto, not "camera-settings" which I normally use, they're almost always the same though) and standard picture-style (I don't think I've ever changed from standard).
- Contrast 1, Highlight and Shadow both 1.
- Saturation 1 and Colour tone 1 (just to bring in a big more green on the leaves and less pink in the stamens, rather than WB it, to me it's the Pink/Green slider).
- I think at this point I decided to bring up the Black Point using the slider on the histogram, to about -3 instead of -9, and played with the contrast etc to get the values above. It got rid of most of the 'almost-black' bits in the background.
- Sharpness 4 because it didn't add too much noise.
- I never touch the RGB Tab.
- Turns out I set the NR to 0/0, don't think I've ever done that before, but that's what DPP says I did.
- Convert and save, copy for backup, open in GIMP, add watermark, shrink, post to CR.
I'm still not 100% happy with it, I might re-do it with less saturation to make the stamens stand out more as individuals, and get rid of that bright-spot in the bottom right. My gf calls me a perfectionist. I just think I can do better. I'm always learning, and I've always thought that anyone who thinks they know it all obviously doesn't.