My biggest problem when starting out with post processing digital images was that of sharpening. I simply could not seem to strike a balance that for me, exhibited the right amount of sharpening without too much destruction. I guess this, and other post processing routines are down to personal preference; what I consider being enough will not be to everyone’s personal taste. Me? Well, I like my images to be ‘film like’ in their appearance, and the right amount of sharpening is fundamental to achieving this result.

My main post processing software is Lightroom 3.5 or 4.0 (the sharpening examples given below are relevant to Lightroom only), depending on what computer I am working from.

For my first PhotoArk Blog entry, I thought I would take a brief retrospective look at an old friend and favourite, the Olympus Zuiko 50mm f1.2 Lens. Long out of production, and expensive when new, it is one of my all-time favourite lenses of any system and format. For those that are not familiar with the OM System lenses, they were designed with true portability in mind and this large aperture lens is no exception. Stand this optic next to similar offerings from other manufacturers of the day, and the genius of the OM System’s chief designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, really shines.