AussieAMEgirl From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 61 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
Yeah here's another newbie posting the same sort of question thats probably been answered millions of times before, HOWEVER! I have taken many an air to air shot in my past (mainly the warbirds I have been involved with), and have decided that some of them might be good enough to share. Here I encounter drama's! I have tried a myriad of different dpi settings and other setting combinations on my scanner, I have run them through Paint Shop Pro and Paint Shop Pro Studio and removed as many scratches and the like as I can, but they NEVER seem to come up as nice as everyone elses scanned pics, which I must say look like the photo! Rather than a grainy thing I keep getting.
I have been on Google many times to find answers as well...and any sort of advice or a point in the right direction would be FANTASTIC!! Thanks!
Here are some my pictures so you can see what I mean:
AussieAMEgirl From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 61 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
I am in sunny (since it NEVER rains here) Oakey Queensland.
Any advice especially about the scanning and cleaning up processes would be most helpful! Being a noob to submitting my pictures here. As to where they are taken and camera angle and all that, well its a bit harder when you are taking air to air stuff to get the shot just right, a lot of it as I mentioned seems to be pure a@@...and getting it right at the right moment!
Malandan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 380 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
Since the majority of my A.net photos are oldies from scanned negatives, there are a couple of comments I would make.
Firstly you should scan from the negatives; scanning prints reduces the quality of the scanned image noticeably.
You will also require a fairly good quality scanner, the best you can afford. I bought an Epson Perfection 3170 Photo and have no regrets.
Lastly, always scan at a high resolution, preferably the highest achievable with the scanner you have or end up with.
When starting out, I scanned in the region of 400 / 600 dpi. If you are pressed for time this cuts down the processing time, but the quality will not be that good, and although from a start of 75% rejections, I improved to 75% acceptance, I rejected many at the processing stage. I now scan at 1200 dpi, which is a slow and painful process, (I often leave the scanner to plod on while I do other things!) but it will bring out the best in a negative and I have now been able to relook at some negatives I gave up on in the past.
Also I believe it is not possible, no matter how good you are at processing to achieve the quality of the latest DLSR's, but screeners make allowances to a certain extent for both age (the image, not yours!) and the fact that the photos are from film.
I will leave it to Glenn to give you specific processing advice, but there is a bit of a learning curve and I have to say that immediate success is unlikely.
Don't give up easily. I have been tempted to a couple of times but with the encouragement of screeners in particular I am ploughing on. Also much good advice from experienced uploaders is available in the forum, and feel free to contact me if you feel I may be of help.
Love the pictures. Hope to be back in your neck-of-the-woods sometime!
My interest lies in the future as I am going to spend the rest of my life there!