san747
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Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:35 am

OK, I just got the notice for this one- rejected for DISTANCE and OVERSHARPENED... Here it is below:

http://www.airliners.net/procphotos/...ain?filename=20060829_Img_0330.jpg

Any suggestions on improving it? I'm only basic at editing, I can do layers, USM, selections, color adjustments, etc, but that's about it, so I'm hoping some of you better editors can help me out...

Here's the original, if that helps...
Big version: Width: 2592 Height: 1944 File size: 1551kb


Thanks very much,
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Lanas
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RE: Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:25 am

Agree with the rejection.
For distance I´d suggest you crop tighter and see how it results. I believe you´ll be fine.
For the oversharpened issue you´ll have to ease on the USM and work with layers, that will help for sure. What sharpening combination are you using?

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san747
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RE: Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:38 am

I use Jasc Paint Shop Pro for editing and for USM, I use the following settings and procedure:

Radius: 0.80
Strength: 50
Clipping: 0

I apply a USM, duplicate the layer, expand the selection by a pixel, then apply 2 additional USMs. If it's still a little soft, I duplicate once more, then apply 1 more USM.

Whenever I'm finished, I flatten the image, then save as .jpg with the lowest compression setting...
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JeffM
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RE: Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:56 am

Quoting San747 (Reply 2):
I apply a USM, duplicate the layer, expand the selection by a pixel, then apply 2 additional USMs. If it's still a little soft, I duplicate once more, then apply 1 more USM.

Duplicate your layer first, apply your USM, (not sure I like those settings, but have not used JPSP), then I would erase your jaggies using an opacity of about 5-10% until you like what you see. Then set opacity to 100% with a soft brush and erase all sharpening on the sky.

If JPSP allows layer masks, then I would use them preferably over erasing. Layer masks are far more accurate.
 
san747
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RE: Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:39 am

Quoting JeffM (Reply 3):
If JPSP allows layer masks, then I would use them preferably over erasing. Layer masks are far more accurate.

I don't know how to use masks or the method to remove jaggies, which are also a problem of several other photos that I took at the same time as the one above... is there some sort of tutorial or something for that?
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JeffM
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RE: Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:04 am

Quoting San747 (Reply 4):
is there some sort of tutorial or something for that?

Yup.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...ation_photography/read.main/230136
 
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RE: Help Improving This Picture...

Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:51 am

Quoting JeffM (Reply 5):
http://www.airliners.net/discussions...ation_photography/read.main/230136

Thank you! Anything to learn and improve my photography/editing skills is appreciated...
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