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User currently offlineExtremetrek From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3810 times:

Greetings All!

Now that I have posting access I would absolutely love for you to take a look at my most recent rejection. By no means do I think that the rejection was in error, nor is this my favorite picture just the most recently rejected. I am merely looking to recieve hints and tips on my edit and how to improve in my editing process. I did with this the same things I do will all of my photos. Leveling, Levels, saturation, contrast, unsharp mask. My camera is the Panasonic Lumix FZ-5.

The original is here

The final edit is here

Reject reasons: Quality, Level, and Soft

Again, I completely agree and am only looking to learn from my mistakes and correct them in the future...thanks in advance!

John


Even scientists say...everything is just light...not created/destroyed but eternally bright!
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User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

Hi there John,

I have downloaded the original and am having a bit of a play and will let you know how I go.


User currently offlineExtremetrek From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

Eadster,

Thanks for having a go at it. If its not too much trouble could you post the steps you take as well as the finalized picture? I don't plan to reupload using anyone else's edit and as I stated in the original post, would just like to use this as a learning experience.

Thanks again,

John



Even scientists say...everything is just light...not created/destroyed but eternally bright!
User currently offlineAJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2381 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

I had a little go at it, I think the level in your first edit was ok judging by the buildings!
N358PH


User currently offlineExtremetrek From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

AJ,

Thanks for the edit...could you please post the steps you took to get to this edit? Thanks a million!

John



Even scientists say...everything is just light...not created/destroyed but eternally bright!
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

The final edit looks good, although the crop is a bit too tight for my taste. But the tail was up against the frame on the original, so not much can be done about it.


Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3699 times:

Mine came out pretty much the same.

The steps I took are as follows (feel free to add anyone!):

Steps of PhotoShop CS2

1. Level the shot
2. Apply colour correction (image -> adjustments -> auto colour) and check histogram (image -> adjustments -> levels). Should be no flat areas at the start of the end of the graph.
3. Crop image to desired size, usuall around 1100 px wide or 1024 wide.
4. Equalise the shot to suss out any dust spots.
5. Copy the existing layer to make two layers.
6. Apply USM to top layer. (filter -> sharpen -> unsharp mask). Adjust percentage accordingly. Radius = 0.2 threshold = 0 (these will be different for different users).
7. If jaggies appear, erase these from the top layer - the smoother versions will then appear from the bottom layer.
8. Export (ctrl + alt + shift + S), making sure that the file size it not over 1mb.

That's how it comes to that...I think! Hope I have not missed anything along the way.

Anyone want to ad or remove any steps?

Hope this helps you out, John.

Martin


User currently offlineExtremetrek From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3667 times:

Martin,

Thanks for the steps. Thats pretty much what I do as well, except checking for dust spots, which is something I am just NO GOOD at seeing. I guess in this case the problem was the original photo and not the editing steps. Thanks for the assistance!

John



Even scientists say...everything is just light...not created/destroyed but eternally bright!
User currently offlineEadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

Only difference was AJ hadn't applied as much sharpening therefore end result was a bit better. That's all.

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