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After Taking The Shots....

Thu Jul 29, 2004 10:30 pm

Saw many people saying it is necessary to put hands on your pics after taking them, with some graphic software like Photoshop and so on. Now : which is the most used and effective improvement made with these softwares ? Does their use really increase the chances to get one's shot accepted ?
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wietse
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Thu Jul 29, 2004 10:33 pm

They do not INCREASE the chance of being accepted, they NEED to be used to get pics accepted
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:22 pm

A shot is never going to make it without some form of tweaking, plus, it makes the pic look so much better!
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:01 am

Re-sizing image, crop, level, rotate, USM ...

Many things are the most used tools in photophop.
the post process is sooooo important.

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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:05 am

Yeah, you can't look at photo editing/enhancing as something that will help. You have to look at it as though you NEED to, because you do. You have no option, you must put it through some sort of post-processing.

Arbitrary rotate, crop, brigthness/contrast, levels, saturation and unsharp mask are the main tools I use.

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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:42 am

And don't forget to check out if the photo is completely good enough AFTER editing. If it pleases you, there should be no problem. But at least I always do my own processing before letting screeners do theirs.


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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:44 am

post processing is something you need to do,
Shadow/Highlight, Levels, crop, rotate, unsharp mask are all part of my post processing.

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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 1:06 am

Two things I always do: Resize, unsharp mask. Also rotate, crop, or adjust contrast if need be.

I had a wonderful moment the other day when I recovered my "baddark" An-124 picture with some heavy photo processing. (Well, in my mind it was quite heavy...)  Smile

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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 2:46 am

One of the best forms of post processing is to leave the picture alone for 24 hours after you rushed it through Photoshop and then have a look at it and decide it is still good enough for uploading  Wink/being sarcastic

The other alternative is to ask a friend if he/she thinks its good. You will be surprised!

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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 3:31 am

It took me 3-4 months to get comfortable with editing my shots in PS to make them look right. I am still experimenting to come up with the right workflow.
 
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 9:17 am

Original:

http://www.pbase.com/image/31955600

Post-Processed:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Eric Daniel Smith



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LIPH
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 5:40 pm

DLKAPA !!! Jeeee ! Really a great improvement !!! What the hell of tools did you use for that ?!?!?
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 10:53 pm

That is quite amazing DLKAPA, can you give us some tips on what you did to produce that image?

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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Fri Jul 30, 2004 10:56 pm

I think Eric is pulling our legs.
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RE: After Taking The Shots....

Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:28 am

Well, since you guys asked:

First of all, the image size straight out of the camera is insanely huge, but, if you reduce the size first, you are left with less than a quarter of the pixels, and thus much less to work with, so starting from the beginning:

  • General brightening of the image using the "Fill Flash"

  • -Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Fill Flash

  • Final adjustmend of lighting using brightness/contrast

  • -Layers>New Adjustment layer>Brightness/Contrast

  • Flatten the image and ready for sharpening

  • -Layers>Flatten Image

  • Sharpening using USM

  • -Amount 500%
    -Radius .5 pixels
    -Threashold 3 levels

  • Cropping and resizing

  • -Crop to 10 x 7.5 inches as desired
    -Resize to 1024x768 pixels

    Then I upload
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    RE: After Taking The Shots....

    Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:40 am

    I use Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8, which is a very good program. If necessary, I work on saturation and the colors, just a little bit. Then I resize so the resolution is either at least 1024xnnn or nnnnx768 (from 1.3-1.5:1 aspect ratio), whatever it takes to completely fill a 1024x768 screen. Then I usually do a little bit of "Edge Preserving Smooth" which helps reduce noise while preserving edges or areas in contrast. Then finally I "Sharpen". I choose this over USM, usually, just because it seems to yield better results, in my opinion.
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