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User currently offlineLIPH From Italy, joined May 2004, 850 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Saw many people saying it is necessary to put hands on your pics after taking them, with some graphic software like Photoshop and so on. Now : which is the most used and effective improvement made with these softwares ? Does their use really increase the chances to get one's shot accepted ?

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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2998 times:

They do not INCREASE the chance of being accepted, they NEED to be used to get pics accepted

Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

A shot is never going to make it without some form of tweaking, plus, it makes the pic look so much better!

I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineYULtoPEI From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

Re-sizing image, crop, level, rotate, USM ...

Many things are the most used tools in photophop.
the post process is sooooo important.


PEI in Colombia!!!. [Canon T2i]
User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

Yeah, you can't look at photo editing/enhancing as something that will help. You have to look at it as though you NEED to, because you do. You have no option, you must put it through some sort of post-processing.

Arbitrary rotate, crop, brigthness/contrast, levels, saturation and unsharp mask are the main tools I use.


Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineOla From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

And don't forget to check out if the photo is completely good enough AFTER editing. If it pleases you, there should be no problem. But at least I always do my own processing before letting screeners do theirs.


User currently offlineSouthpaw8669 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

post processing is something you need to do,
Shadow/Highlight, Levels, crop, rotate, unsharp mask are all part of my post processing.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11957 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Two things I always do: Resize, unsharp mask. Also rotate, crop, or adjust contrast if need be.

I had a wonderful moment the other day when I recovered my "baddark" An-124 picture with some heavy photo processing. (Well, in my mind it was quite heavy...)  Smile


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User currently offlineDiezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

One of the best forms of post processing is to leave the picture alone for 24 hours after you rushed it through Photoshop and then have a look at it and decide it is still good enough for uploading  Wink/being sarcastic

The other alternative is to ask a friend if he/she thinks its good. You will be surprised!


Never be afraid of what you like. (Miles Davis)
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

It took me 3-4 months to get comfortable with editing my shots in PS to make them look right. I am still experimenting to come up with the right workflow.

User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2817 times:




View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Eric Daniel Smith

Notice the difference?

User currently offlineLIPH From Italy, joined May 2004, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

DLKAPA !!! Jeeee ! Really a great improvement !!! What the hell of tools did you use for that ?!?!?

Life sucks. Then you die. Live fast, die young.
User currently offlineIanatstn From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 577 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

That is quite amazing DLKAPA, can you give us some tips on what you did to produce that image?

Cheers  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Ian@STN ::
User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2040 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

I think Eric is pulling our legs.

It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2650 times:

Well, since you guys asked:

First of all, the image size straight out of the camera is insanely huge, but, if you reduce the size first, you are left with less than a quarter of the pixels, and thus much less to work with, so starting from the beginning:

  • General brightening of the image using the "Fill Flash"

  • -Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Fill Flash

  • Final adjustmend of lighting using brightness/contrast

  • -Layers>New Adjustment layer>Brightness/Contrast

  • Flatten the image and ready for sharpening

  • -Layers>Flatten Image

  • Sharpening using USM

  • -Amount 500%
    -Radius .5 pixels
    -Threashold 3 levels

  • Cropping and resizing

  • -Crop to 10 x 7.5 inches as desired
    -Resize to 1024x768 pixels

    Then I upload

    User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

    I use Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8, which is a very good program. If necessary, I work on saturation and the colors, just a little bit. Then I resize so the resolution is either at least 1024xnnn or nnnnx768 (from 1.3-1.5:1 aspect ratio), whatever it takes to completely fill a 1024x768 screen. Then I usually do a little bit of "Edge Preserving Smooth" which helps reduce noise while preserving edges or areas in contrast. Then finally I "Sharpen". I choose this over USM, usually, just because it seems to yield better results, in my opinion.

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