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Worried About Getting Pictures Approved

Thu Jun 20, 2002 9:39 am

I would like to get some feedback from the forum. I recently went through my first batch of slides from my dad's collection, with the goal of scanning them and sharing them through airliners.net

I have picked the first batch, 30 slides, and I am sending them off to be scanned on a "Frontier" system, which should yield some high quality scans. I have requested a resolution of 1600 x 1200. The majority of the shots were taken from 1975-78 with a sweet Nikon set-up, on Extachrome slides.

Will these be good enough to get approved? I have tried to pick interesting planes, along with some of my childhood favorites. Among these include a National 747 (couldn't find any of these in the database) and some great 707 shots taken in Honolulu in March of '75.

Does anyone have any words of advice or encouragement? I am excited about sharing these photos, I am really rediscovering my love of airliners. It is almost like reliving my childhood.
 
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RE: Worried About Getting Pictures Approved

Thu Jun 20, 2002 9:50 am

I would recommend getting higher quality scans. You never know how much work has to be done, and maybe you might want to print a few.

I do all slider scans at 4000dpi and 16 bit colour, yes the files are huge, but it is worth it that I never have to do a rescan later.
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RE: Worried About Getting Pictures Approved

Thu Jun 20, 2002 10:13 am

Prior to acquiring a slide scanner, I had a number of slides accepted which were from Kodak Photo CD (not Picture CD) scans. I think that the medium resolution scan (there are 5 different sizes for each photo, from "thumbnail" to "huge") worked reasonably well. You'll need to have an image-processing program, and pay attention to sharpness (unsharp mask is a preferred technique), grain reduction, and JPEG compression at the least, and possibly color/saturation and lightness/contrast, as well. I'm happy with Photoshop Elements, which is considerably less expensive than the full Photoshop suite. The Kodak Photo CD offers a fairly inexpensive way to scan a number of slides at modest cost, if you don't have a dedicated slide scanner. My own experience is with Kodachrome/Fuji Provia, which are very fine-grained films; 1970s Ektachrome is not going to be as sharp, but you probably can deal with this via the image-processing program. Hope this helps, and we'll all look forward to seeing the National 747 on the site!
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RE: Worried About Getting Pictures Approved

Thu Jun 20, 2002 10:24 am

Do the screeners apply the same standards to images that are 30 years old as they do to something taken with current technology? The database only shows 6,300 pictures taken from 1970-1979, while there are 213,000 taken from 1990-Current.

Do people come here for current stuff, or history? For the record I like a blend of both...
 
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RE: Worried About Getting Pictures Approved

Thu Jun 20, 2002 4:19 pm

Officially they are not as stringent with older stuff, but that's not my experience (got one shot accepted out of 3 that were about 15 years old last year, none since).
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RE: Worried About Getting Pictures Approved

Thu Jun 20, 2002 5:00 pm

Clickhappy,

The site FAQ's make it clear that standards can be reduced for "rare" subjects. There have been some recent period contributions that have made it to the database - whilst the pictures to which I refer are in themselves magnificent (as far as I am concerned) some of them may not have made it if they were of regular stuff taken in 2002. So the answer is yes, if the subject matter is rare/unusual/historic, not already in the database, and unlikely to be covered again, some degree of compromise is quite possible. However, clearly there is a point at which that process stops, and without seeing the results themselves and without knowing exactly what the subject matter is, it is not possible to make a guarantee. One piece of advice - don't get sloppy just because you have some older material, as even older material can be badly processed or well processed.

Bottom line - give it a go and I too look forward to seeing some of them.

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