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How Do I Fix From Soft To Nice Sharper Photos?  
User currently offlineBDLGUY From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 194 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 5716 times:

Hey Guys,

Every time, I uploaded my photos to two popular aviation websites...Airliners.net and Jetphotos.net. When I received an email from them and was told that my photos was too soft. Before I uploaded, I used the USM for my photos on my photoshop.

Here are what I used.
Amount: 300%
Radius: 0.3%
Threshold: 59 Levels.

My question is for you guys...Did I do something wrong or just my head? :-( Since I have my Dell Flat-panel monitor in my home office. Is it no good for the photo editing?

When I saw the excellent BDL photos from BDL-based photographers (Corey, Paul & John...They are my good friends of mine) so, I got very, very jealous and upset. In my heart, I don't really understand why the screeners doesn't like my photos everytime I uploaded them to A.Net. It's really hurt so badly. Oh yes, really. At work, I showed my aviation photos on my HP iPAQ Pocket PC to my fellow workers and even my boss. They loved my photos and were very impressed my work. That's make me very happy and I had a big smile all day.  Laugh out loud

Many of you don't know that I am hearing impaired (deaf), I had some difficult understand to read the instructions on photoshop elements. (Sound like I don't know how to use the photoshop..Duh!) All I am saying is I don't blamed to the screeners for my "horrible photos". My goal is that I really wish the screener should give me a little break. That's all I am asking you.

And finally, I really appreciated if you guys give me some photoshop tips or make an improvement on my photos. It will means a lot to me.

Thank you,
John A. Perrotta

John A. Perrotta (KBDL/BDL) - Canon 300D/400D & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

Hi John,

Just from reading your post the bit here Threshold: 59 Levels seems a little high. Try Threshold between 5 and 0 see if that helps.

Ben Pritchard

User currently offlineKarlok From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 839 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 5647 times:

I normally use:

Amount: 500%
Radius: 0.2%
Threshold: 0

The first time if needed, I do it a second time with the Amount set to: 300% or 200%.

But show us some of your soft photos.

User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5623 times:

If I use USM, I will normally run a few passes at 45-60/.2/1, making new layers after each pass to check for jaggies and erasing them before adding the next pass of USM.

User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

I usually do:


That usually does the trick, if they need a bit more, I do:


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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5585 times:

I usually use:


Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5570 times:

283 too little, 324 too much?  Wink/being sarcastic

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User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5532 times:
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I usually do:


Then I do it again.


But this is because I set the camera ability to sharpen to the lowest setting in the camera.

Canon 50D user; 100-400 MM L IS 10-22 MM, 60MM Macro
User currently offlineN864DA From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 259 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5504 times:

USM of 500% even with a radius of 0.3 is going to turn out too sharp. What I do is use a radius of 0.5 and, with one pass, use anywhere from 100 to 300 percent, depending on the photo. If the end result isn't pleasing, undo the last step and apply a different amount. The photos will turn out to be sharp enough for here yet not look over-sharpened.


User currently offline9A-CRO From Croatia, joined Jun 2000, 1574 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5493 times:

It is always good to use polygonal lasso tool and apply different sharpening levels to different parts of picture.

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