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Soft Pictures?

Tue Oct 08, 2002 12:39 am

I need a piece of advice. I sent you this picture and the screener rejected
it due to badblury. I would like to improve my pictures to meet your
standards but since I am not familier with graphics I would like to ask
you for advice and hints. So, could you please tell me what are the
means by which I can improve my photo->

I tried to improve my photo but it was rejected again. This time due to

My original photo is in 2560*1960 resolution, but I am not satisfied
with the sharpness. My camera is Sony F707.

Best Regards,

Ville Ripatti

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RE: Soft Pictures?

Tue Oct 08, 2002 2:28 am

This is pretty close. Remember that there are 54 pictures of this particular aircraft in the database. Had it had a lot fewer, it might have gotten accepted. But it is slightly on the soft side. I copied it into PhotoPaint but could not get it to look better - jaggies poppied up. But by working carefully with the original version, you might have more success.

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RE: Soft Pictures?

Tue Oct 08, 2002 5:40 am

As Charles points out this is a common subject, so would need to be VERY good to get in. The shot is blurry to start with - ie. the original image is not quite in focus, or more likely in this case, motion blur has occured - look at the reg on the fuselage, and esp. on the nose gear door (the nose just has to be sharp).

If the original is blurry, there is nothing you can do to save it - sharpening will, as in this case, just introduce sharpening articfacts and "jaggies". At a cursory glance, it might look sharper, but the detail just won't be there.

Bad soft is slightly different, and should be applied when the original image might be in focus, but it has not been properly processed - some digital cameras (or scanners for that matter), particularly the D30 & D60, produce a softish image straight out the camera - the photographer is expected to fine tune the image with sharpening tools to make the image appear crisp.

In general, the screeners are pretty good at distinguishing blur from soft, but sometimes it is hard to see which message best applies.


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RE: Soft Pictures?

Tue Oct 08, 2002 8:37 am

Ville, if you send me the orginal, maybe I can work on it and see if it looks better. I also have the F707...


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