Last week I got a request from Karl Hoelscher, who would like to know what techniques people are using to sharpen real estate images.
So I'll start off by saying that I depend on Lightroom 2 for my sharpening needs. Before Lightroom 2 was released for many years I used PhotoKit Sharpener, by PixelGenius. PhotoKit Sharpener is sharpening plugin for Photoshop. If you only use Photoshop it is one of the best sharpening plugins around. It was PhotoKit Sharpener that introduced me the concept of the three stages of sharpening:
In real estate photography you need primarily 1 and 3 where the output media is primarily the screen. For those that use Lightroom the sharpening sliders in the Develop module Sharpening sliders are everything you need for capture sharpening. I have to say that even though technically not sharpening my favorite feature of Lightroom and Camera RAW is the Clarity slider. It is fantastic and I use it on almost every image. I can't live without it!
For output screen sharpening the export feature of Lightroom there is a export option to sharpen for the screen (online image display). Adobe actually licensed the PhotoKit Sharpener from PixelGenius for use in Lightroom output sharpening, so it's PhotoKit that Lightroom users are using when they do output sharpening. For those that would like an in depth walk through of using Lightroom sharpening, there is a excellent two part series over at x-equals.com. The first part is on Capture sharpening and the second part is on output sharpening.
What is your real estate photography sharpening workflow?