DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3294 times:
I got my first digital camera a couple months ago and haven't had much time to play with it. Anyway, I took it on a trip to Maui, and am thinking of submitting these (I already submitted them, but want some advice and then I'll re-work them based upon that using Photoshop Elements). I just want to borrow advice from your experience, as I don't yet know the ropes.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1330 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3285 times:
Sorry to give such bad news. Unfortunately, neither will make it on Anet. The first is poorly centered (too low in the frame), overexposed on the top of the aircraft, cropped poorly (tail), and is still a little soft. Also, size of the image is important. The usual is 1024X683 or 1024X768 (3X2 and 4X3). The general motive is great though, with the fields in the background. The second is suffering from heat haze (jagged in the cheatlines of the paint), overexposed on top again, soft, and poorly centered. A great start, but images here are have to meet very high standards. I don't think either have a chance even with serious editing. Good luck with future images though.
Psych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3077 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3275 times:
As usual Matt (Wake Turbulence) has it just about right. Neither of these will make it for the reasons he mentions.
There are those practical issues that you can become familiar with by reading the upload requirements and the criteria for rejection. But the quality issues are also key here, and the heat haze that is apparent in both shots is a real killer as regards the high quality demands of A.net. That is much worse in the second shot, which does look very distorted due to the haze, but it is also apparent in the first, where you can see a bit of 'wobbling' on the edges of the straight lines in the photo.
What is the camera that you are now using? Good luck with future submissions.
DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3264 times:
Using a Nikon D70s. When I took the pictures I forgot I left the aperture wide open (from some depth-of-field shots I had just taken at the hotel). So that's what has them a bit overexposed, though I tried to correct them with PS Elements.
Thanks for your input to you two, and anyone else who wants to chime in.
Dendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3263 times:
Welcome to this infuriating hobby.
What Paul and Matt have said is perefctly correct and I would remove them from the queue by going to the Myphotos section as they will not be accepted. If you have only just submitted them, leave them a day or two before removing them so that others can have a look and make their comments, but don't forget to remove them before they go into screening.
I am afraid you will simply have to go back to Maui to redo those two.The heat haze has killed them, something you would probably not be aware of, but, looking at them, I do not think it will be long before you join the site with a photo.
Get out to DFW before the heat haze starts to kill it there.
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3256 times:
Fellow Nikon user here. Try to get the proper exposure when you shoot. Saves you so much grief! PS is great but it's better to have a properly lighted and exposed shot going in so you can just level, crop, clean the dust spots, a little enhancement and sharpening and Viola! Your first acceptance here!
Welcome and good luck. I am going to be at DFW this weekend with another Dallas area anetter (believe it it not named Matt! ) Send me a message through here if you want to meet up.
Viv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3253 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 5): Fellow Nikon user here. Try to get the proper exposure when you shoot. Saves you so much grief! PS is great but it's better to have a properly lighted and exposed shot going in so you can just level, crop, clean the dust spots, a little enhancement and sharpening and Viola!
This is the best advice you are likely to get! Take it seriously!
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2