LIPH From Italy, joined May 2004, 848 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2574 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 ?
Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4075 posts, RR: 55 Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2508 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.
Ola From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2480 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.
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2199 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
KC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2194 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.