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So My Picture Is Too Sharp.  
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5784 times:

Quick question, is there any way in Photoshop to soften up a picture after you have sharpened it? I have some pics that I sharpened way too much (now that I look at them), And I want to tone them down a little.

How do I go about doing that?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Eric

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User currently offlinePUnmuth@VIE From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5735 times:

The best solution would be to start from scratch with the original camera files or scans.
Peter



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

Yes, but there is one slight problem:

To save space on my computer and CF card, pictures have been axed.

Does that mean I'm screwed?



User currently offlineUnited4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5725 times:

Send me the originals, I can be good at this kind of thing when photoshop works. (which it does now)

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5722 times:

Ryan, I appreciate it, but please teach me to fish, don't just give me some food.  Big grin

Eric


User currently offlineUnited4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5717 times:

OK, first I need to know some details;
-image size
-photoshop version (7 is better)
-rejected image link

Then I can tell you whether it is salvagable.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5704 times:

http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=N676UAdeparting25.jpg

I think the size is somewhere around 1100x768, but I'm just too lazy right now to check. Besides, my dinner awaits.

Eric


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5705 times:

that one isn't as sharp as some of the others, for example

http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=TED_N477UA_Rwy25Dep.jpg


User currently offlineAtomother From United States of America, joined May 1999, 440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5685 times:

Eric, How did you manage to pixelate a 300D image? Check your camera, does it say canyon or crayon instead of Canon? Just kidding, actually I am guessing you are using the kit lens for this shot? If so you are going to have to choose your battles a bit better in terms of getting an uploadable shot. If you just have the kit lens, try getting some belly shots from straight underneath on approach to the 16s. Might want to avoid going out when you have that layer of cirrus we tend to get in the afternoon hours too.

Keep trying new things, you have to be artsy with that 18-55mm lens!


User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5686 times:

Eric,

I don't think the problem is your pictures are too sharp...

What lens are you using, and how far away from the aircraft are you? I have a feeling it's something like 50mm and 2 miles away... the pictures seem to be heavily, heavily cropped (if not enlarged from 1:1) and have quite a bit of JPEG loss too. The atmosphere is killing the saturation and contrast as well, which leads me to believe you're too far away. Then again, you're in Denver...

Also, always keep the original. You never know when someone might want to give you a lot of money for a big print of something... 1024x768 doesn't blow up to 11x17 very well. Burn em on CD to save Hard Drive space, just don't loose the CDs.

-Mike



The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5681 times:

I think a large part of this problem is that DLKAPA is not saving his original images.

I know hard drive space is vital, but I think it's just as important to always empty your memory card onto your hard drive, and then save the originals onto a CD and archive them by date.

You never know when you're going to need to go back and re-edit and original photo, or when you'll need the original version to re-edit for a print order or something. Or maybe a photo that you happened to not edit and post that you later would like ot try to add to the databse or do something with.

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5664 times:





Artsy enough for ya, Tim? Big grin

Not Aviation related, but I gotta plug something!  Laugh out loud

I was about 300 yards from the planes shooting through a 50mm lens that came with the camera, I'm looking into longer lenses, but as Prom was just last week and Graduation and College are coming up, I am finding money to be very slow in coming.

Thanks for your help

Eric


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 739 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5604 times:

While it may be possible to smooth some jagginess here and there, it is not really possible to reverse the sharpening process. Sharpening involves altering the contrast of adjacent pixels - once this is done you will find it very difficult to restore those pixels to the original value.

As a general rule, all PS processes should be thought of as destructive - each modification irrecoverably alters or destroys information in the original.

As has been said, never ever delete originals! Its like keeping prints, but throwing away the negatives.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineJeffm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

Eric,
Lesson learned Bub. Keep the originals, and pay attention to the lighting. What is that first "artsy" picture supposed to be?


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5419 times:

The first "artsy" picture is a dock on Bingham lake down here in the Pinery.

when I get bored during late evening I drive around photographing sunsets.

Eric


User currently offlineJeffm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5359 times:

Eric,
If your going to have a hazy sky...keep it to a minimum and don't make it the prominent part of your picture.


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Learn to use layers as best you can. They can save your as$ as they can be deleted or you can "undo" them.



User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5348 times:

Thanks alot for the help Jeff, Tim, and all you other guys. I really appreciate it.  Smile

Btw Jeff, you are really enjoying that 10D aren't you  Smokin cool

Eric


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