part two of “enhancing local vs. global contrast” this time using RT and it’s unbelievably powerful wavelet tool.
We start with an image where all the basic settings have been done (exposure, sharpening, blablabla…)
We then activate the wavelets. In this example I set the wavelet levels to 9. Go to Residual Image pull down the contrast to you liking. I set it to:
And the picture turns to this:
Then go to the Final Touchup. Here activate the final local contrast curve and play around with it. I usually get good results pulling it up just in the middle, but this time I also enhanced the highlights? (is it a luminosity dependent curve??) a little, like this:
Be aware that the strength of this local contrast setting depends on what you did before in the Residual Image menu. The final local contrst manipulation leads to this: