I’m new here, but have been reading a little in this forum before signing up. I am a relatively new Rawtherapee user and have stumbled across the local contrast topic lately, because I have been looking at some Lightroom landscape tutorials. So in these pics I’ve tried to emulate the kind of standard Lightroom trick:
- Pull the highlights down and the shadows up in order to reduce global contrast and then process the pic and raise local contrst somehow.
I’ve tried emulating this using the Curve in the exposure tab using a quite strong inverse S- Curve. This was the basis. After that it was mainly setting white point, sharpening, denoising etc. The aim was to use one Raw file (This was actually the middle exposure of a three exposure set) and to go for that HDR kind of hyperrealistic look.
The jpg of the original raw looks like this:
After grinding it trough RT i got this:
Now I’m still missing the final ingredient to give me a little local contrast at the end, so a very light last step was done with Nik Collection pro contrast, creating this: