I just started shooting and postprocess raw. These images of the moon and skies from last night recorded some natural color, as, for instance, a little bit of light blue in the right upper corner of the moon on the second one.. Then, there is this golden, a little salmony, kind of glow in the clouds. I am linking two processed images. Flikr will now allow me to post raw and I don't think I can post here (can I?). The processed ones will at least give you an idea as to what I was trying to accomplish. If there is a way to post here, I will post the raw ones, too.
I have two related questions. (I am not good at technical terminology yet, and simply being descriptive.) 1. How to pull out these natural colors without changing the coloration of the entire image? In other words, I would like this blue to remain blue, only brighter, this golden to remain golden, only brighter, and so on. 2. I played around with software, just intuitively, and very often, applying a function, my images would get "cakey," noisy, with much more grain than an original raw file. Is there a general principle as to how to avoid that? I am using Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Camera Raw from within it. I am just learning how to use Digital Photo Pro that came with my camera (Canon Rebel t3i), and Adobe Lightroom v.5. I would appreciate advice on how to proceed using either one, or all, of these software. With DPP and Lightroom, I will need a more detailed step-by-step instruction because I am just learning these. http://www.flickr.com/photos/96576146@N06/9810680466/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/96576146@N06/9810680456/