Ekkaihla From Finland, joined Jun 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
Got this photo rejected for quality/compression. Could someone please give me some tips on how to improve it, or do you think it is a "lost case"? I uploaded the photo as close to the 1Mb limit as I could make it. Would uploading in smaller resolution help?
Yes, it would definitely help. I took a look at a down-sized (1024) version, and it looked much better. Most of the flaws disappeared. You might still have some issues with sharpening (too much), but you should be able to fix them with an edit.
There are several reasons 1600pix should usually be avoided, one of them being it's much more difficult to hide any flaws, such as in your case.
Ekkaihla From Finland, joined Jun 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
Ok, thanks for your input, Dana. I'll try resizing it down to 1024 pixels wide (not from this edit, but from the original one). I'll post it on my pre-screening thread once I'm done and we can see if it has better chances then.
Hmmm... it still seems to have the same compression/quality issues as before. I would check how you are downsizing or re-saving your work, as it seems you're losing quality somewhere. Even the down-sized version of the first one you posted looks better than the second one. I'd definitely check your workflow to see if you're doing something there.
Ekkaihla From Finland, joined Jun 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
Thanks again, Dana. I think you are correct, there is something I need to change in my editing process. I have been noticing that I'm missing consistency in my editing in general, and that probably causes the varying results I'm having when uploading here.
That smaller version was made from the original photo. First straightened a bit, then cropped. After that did some noise reduction (with NeatImage) and then adjusted the contrast a bit and resize. As a last step I applied some unsharp mask, but tried not to over do it. Saved it with the maximum quality that was possible.
Dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 31 Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
Quoting Ekkaihla (Reply 5):
The original photo, after cropping and noise reduction is here:
I just tired a quick edit on that version, and was able to come up with a half-decent image. The original is a little soft, so you will need to be very selective in how you apply the sharpening, because some areas need it more than others, and if you were to apply it evenly and not selectively, that could certainly lead to the problems we were seeing earlier.
Were you selective, or did you just sharpen the whole thing? Let me know if you want me to try and get a better edit with a little more carefully selective sharpening.
Ekkaihla From Finland, joined Jun 2005, 25 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
Hi Dana, sorry for a bit late reply. I just resized and applied sharpening to the whole image afterwards, then used selective sharpening on some smaller details. I agree, the original photo is quite soft and not that easy to work from. I you could try to see what can be done with the photo, and give me a quick walk through through the phases, would be greatly appreciated. I think there are some lessons I could learn from.
One thing i have read from forums and other things is that doing noise reduction also makes the photo soft. If they sky is the problem with the noise then do selective sharpening on the plane only and that will solve the problem
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