Here is a photo I took in February of 2000 soon after I bought my first SLR. Starting in this month I realized that I didn't know how to scan and edit photos.
Looking through this CD of similar quality scans all I can think is how crappy they look....and at the time I scanned them I thought they looked great! I remember being pissed everytime I uploaded photos to airliners.net because they were all rejected and I couldn't see what was wrong with them. The looked fine to me!
Here is a picture taken about a year later with the same camera, same lens and same film. Scanned on the same scanner and edited with the same software.
Photo © Jason Knutson
As you can see there is just a tiny bit of improvement in quality.
I am in no way an expert at this, but my determination to get photos accepted on this site has taught me a lot about scanning and editing photos and I feel I have improved a lot in the last year and a half. Even now as I go back through some of my photos that are on airliners.net I find some that I think to myself "How the hell did that one get accepted?". Maybe someday when I can find the extra time I'll go back and rescan some of my older photos.
For those that are just starting out, don't give up. If you've never done this before it takes time. Just because you think your photos look good doesn't mean they are (as I learned firsthand and viewable in the 2 examples I gave).
Jason Knutson - Austin, TX