SmithAir747
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Can These Photos Be Improved?

Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:13 am

Here are 4 photos rejected tonight:

Badquality:
http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=VirginA340_600.jpg
http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=Virgin747LHR.jpg
http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=UAE747SP.jpg

Badquality/Baddistance(?):
http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/rejphoto.main?filename=QatarA330.jpg

Please let me know how (if) these photos can be improved. Thanks!

(I was using a Fuji FinePix A330 at full 3x optical zoom and 3 MP, its maximum).

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QantasA332
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RE: Can These Photos Be Improved?

Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:30 am

They all look quite grainy and soft. What ISO were you shooting at? The first and most obvious solution would be to ensure that you use ISO 100 whenever possible. Beyond that, you should upload the photos at a smaller size (1024 X 693 when the quality is marginal) and maybe try a program such as NeatImage to reduce the grain, though I'm not sure whether any of these photos are salvageable either way.

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RE: Can These Photos Be Improved?

Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:31 am

What ISO setting were they taken at? I see alot of grain in the first one. NeatImage might help, but don't use much of it.

The Qatar 330 could use a rework, starting with cropping closer to the aircraft. Unless that is as close as you could get and being within minimum size requirements.
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SmithAir747
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RE: Can These Photos Be Improved?

Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:53 am

Thanks for your messages!

I was using a digital camera (A330), so I would not know what ISO I was shooting at (isn't ISO for film cameras?). My zoom was at its full 3x optical zoom, and the resolution was set at its maximum 3MP (F) according to the camera. I plan to stop using that camera for planespotting.

I just got a new Nikon N65 with a 28-200 lens (from fellow A.netter username ckw), so I plan to start shooting with that instead. What film should I use with that camera, so I can get better pictures? (what speed, brand, etc)

I have been using Photoshop with these pictures, but how could I improve these photos with it more? What settings could I use with it (ie how much I should sharpen it/ungrain it; should I use unsharp mask or what)? Are the colors okay, or should I correct them as well (how much)?

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RE: Can These Photos Be Improved?

Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:59 am

I was using a digital camera (A330), so I would not know what ISO I was shooting at (isn't ISO for film cameras?).

Depending on the mode you shoot in, you should be able to set/view the ISO. ISO doesn't just apply to film cameras - in digital cameras, ISO is really the "sensor sensitivity" instead of the film sensitivity, but it affects pictures in the same way.

In terms of what you can do in photoshop to improve those photos, to be quite honest I don't think there's much that will save them. As I said before, your best bet would be to try using a bit of NeatImage to reduce the grain...

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RE: Can These Photos Be Improved?

Mon Nov 29, 2004 8:12 pm

As I said before, I plan to stop using my digital camera for spotting.

So I need answers to this question: Since I now have a Nikon N65 film camera with a 28-200 lens, what film should I use (speed and brand)? Once I get pictures with it, what settings should I scan them in with (resolution, etc)?

I tried to download NeatImage, but since I'm using the university lab computers (I don't own one), I could not download it (since these computers won't let me).

So it will be film from here on. Please let me know what speed/brand of film to use for spotting, and what resolution/other settings to scan prints in with.
Thanks!
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