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New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:48 pm

Hi There.
I have only recently just started getting into digital photography, and, in the process, aviation photography.
I recently tooksome pictures I'd like to submit to the photos section, but the size of the images I took were all 1632 x 1224.
Now that the images are on the PC, what is the best way to "shrink" the photo to the acceptable size for submission?

Again, sorry if this sounds stupid, but as I said, I'm new to all this, and am really keen to learn!
Thanks in advance for your help.

[Edited 2004-06-06 14:50:07]
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RE: New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Sun Jun 06, 2004 10:06 pm

Hi there

Use a photo editing package such as Adobe Photoshop or Jasc Paint Shop Pro (there are others, but they are probably the most common ones) and just use the image size function in there. The minimum size for I believe is 1024x pixels wide, so don't resize any smaller than that.

I'd also not recommend just resizing the image and uploading here. Generally all photos need some form of processing once on the PC. The amount of processing depends on the photo and photographer preference. However will almost always certainly include sharpening, and possibly adjustments to the brightness, constrast and correction of colours depending on the image (these adjustments can be made in various ways and not just via the brightness and constrast sliders)

Maybe you could link to an example image here and I'm sure people will help you with some tips on how to edit it.

Good luck
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RE: New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Sun Jun 06, 2004 10:09 pm

Hi TG744 and welcome !!
If you are using a photoshop program the way to 'resize' your pictures is normally to go to your image tab and in the dropdown menu the resize button will do the trick. I am also fairly new at downloading pictures on If you need any help the people on this site are great with help !!

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RE: New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Sun Jun 06, 2004 10:29 pm

Hi Mike/Brian

Thanks for your help.

Like I said, I'm new to all this, so pics mightn't be quite the genuine article! Still, really enjoying it, and trying hard. Can't ask for much more really!
Thanks, TG744.

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RE: New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:04 am

Welcome aboard, Thai744!!! I am really enjoy with you into the new today and will you make learn how use with the digital camera.
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RE: New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Mon Jun 07, 2004 2:33 am

Welcome Lachlan!

To get a good idea which shots are good for the database, just take a look at the latest photos added. The images in the database are quite often giving you superb inspirations for trying out new things!

In general, do not upload images which came out of the camera directly! Edit them with Photoshop.

If necessary, crop them, and then resize. At the beginning you should resize to 1024 x 768 or 1024 x 680 pixels.

Good luck!

regards, Florian

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RE: New To Aviation Photography And Need A Tip

Mon Jun 07, 2004 3:41 am through the forums for hints of post processing before you begin uploading. If you don't you will become frustrated very quickly with a stack of rejection emails. Take some time to learn how to post process your photos!!!!!!!

An inexpensive program like Photoshop Elements or one of the LE editions of Photoshop that comes free with many cameras/scanners etc will do you just fine.

As a very basic primer...

1. Study photos that have been uploaded recently. Honestly compare them to your photos.
2. Go out and have fun taking photos.
3. Download to your computer and look at each photo with a criticial eye. Select the BEST photo.
4. Crop/resize the photo. For now stick with the 1024x7xx size.
5. Apply some Unsharp Mask. (USM) There are many different techniques that you can use with USM. I prefer to stay low on the numbers and apply several passes as the photo requires. (50/.3./0)
6. Adjust brightness/contrast etc. Curves in photoshop is a great and powerful tool.
7. When you are done look at the photo with a VERY critical eye.

For a start you may want to put the photo on and post it here in the forums asking opinions. You will get help in your specific needs that way.


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