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by JakTrax
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 386
Views: 29210

Re: Pre Screen Feedback Please

The two 788 shots are backlit so no chance I'm afraid. The Tigerair is blurry and the Jetstar 320 has something odd going on on the underside of the aircraft (particularly the central part of the belly and port wing) - looks like some sort of manipulation which isn't acceptable here.

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by JakTrax
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Feedback Please - Qantas 787
Replies: 6
Views: 1181

Re: Feedback Please - Qantas 787

Generally looks pretty good given the circumstances but the big problem is that the sun did a vanishing trick on you and rather unkindly left that bright blue sky as a background. Not sure how workable that is for the site's preferences these days. It's also oversharp in places on my screen but that...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Noise rejection for a Southwest 737 photo
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: Noise rejection for a Southwest 737 photo

I have to agree with Royal's blunt approach. The only way you can perfect it is by going back on a sunny day and getting a shot in better light. I'm pretty sure SWA 738s are common as muck at MDW anyway, so it's not like you won't get the chance......

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Len90 2018 Pre/Post Screening
Replies: 35
Views: 2751

Re: Len90 2018 Pre/Post Screening

Looks a little bright for this site's preferences - toning down that brightness a fraction will also improve the contrast as I think it would look better with a small boost.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Banned for Cloning
Replies: 7
Views: 1035

Re: Banned for Cloning

Probably irrelevant at this stage, but I'm surprised it didn't get the boot for 'level'. At the left frame-edge, I'd expect that hangar vertical to lean inward slightly; the truck under the wing also supports the 'unlevel' theory as it's on an incline.

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Noise and Oversharp?
Replies: 29
Views: 2013

Re: Noise and Oversharp?

Sovietjet, it's got nothing to do with side-ons getting preferential treatment - in fact, standards for those are about the strictest here (or certainly should be). Your photo is blurry - 1500 accepted or not, those of us who can clearly see it can't all be wrong. The original file is noticeably so,...

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Noise and Oversharp?
Replies: 29
Views: 2013

Re: Noise and Oversharp?

The original definitely looks blurry to me - it's most obvious on the 'TE' of the nosegear door.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Len90 2018 Pre/Post Screening
Replies: 35
Views: 2751

Re: Len90 2018 Pre/Post Screening

Don't see any contrast issues in either and that Spirit isn't over-saturated.

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by JakTrax
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post-Screened Images
Replies: 5
Views: 1232

Re: Post-Screened Images

Not underexposed but the light is harsh (the 'underexposed' reason likely being the screener's way of saying that). I think a couple could stand being brighter but you've got to be careful not to blow the tops of the fuselages (a couple are already nearing that point).

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Len90 2018 Pre/Post Screening
Replies: 35
Views: 2751

Re: Len90 2018 Pre/Post Screening

The two UA 738s do look soft/blurry to me, but to be honest UA isn't a scheme that photographs well in terms of sharpness. It's a simple fact that, in most cases, true sharpness can only be determined from the original image - I've very often edited a super-sharp photo, only for it to look soft/blur...

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by JakTrax
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4177

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

Before digital no-one (at enthusiast level anyway) really tried night-time panning shots, simply because it was too expensive to throw roll after roll of film/slide at it in the hope of getting that one 'holy grail' shot. So the classic 'sunny side-on' ruled the roost. Now, with the advance in photo...

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by JakTrax
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4177

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

It's pretty relevant, since blur is much less obvious at smaller sizes. If A.net is going to accept images shot in challenging conditions, with their unavoidable and inherent flaws, surely it's in the interest of upholding quality to insist that they be of minimum size? Why bring attention to any bl...

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by JakTrax
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4177

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

Thee are some great points from all angles here. I think it's safe to say that many of us feel that nightshots have a place here; but at the same time, some feel that the benchmark for such shots sits too low. I particularly liked the point about 'valiant efforts', and have to ask if the same standa...

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by JakTrax
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4177

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

I don't think anyone is saying that that these night shooters 'should go and learn how to use a camera'. I've rarely done nightshots within aviation but have frequently shot in nightclub environments - it's extremely difficult getting a correct exposure and ensuring that you don't get flare from lig...

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by JakTrax
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4177

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

Can I just ask, was the flare issue the reason behind the two 'no' votes?

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by JakTrax
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4177

Opinions on image (not mine)

Folks, I'd like to discuss an image I have just seen in photographers' choice. Let me begin by saying that, under the circumstances, the image is far from bad, however is the excessive flare distracting enough to question the acceptance? Without doubt the best anyone could do given the light, but is...

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by JakTrax
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Vignetting rejection: fixable?
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: Vignetting rejection: fixable?

I can no longer see the image (except for the thumbnail) but to me the darkness in the bottom left corner doesn't look like typical vignetting - it looks more like an edge of something out-of-focus or possibly even some kind of shadow? I'd expect vignetting to be apparent in all four corners (unless...

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by JakTrax
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Level again?
Replies: 12
Views: 1241

Re: Level again?

Since no-one truly knows what level is in the image (due to several factors), shouldn't benefit of doubt have been given? To me the original image 'feels' level; as it also would with fractional CCW rotation. This in my opinion is a bit picky, given the ambiguity. As for lens distortion, it depends ...

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by JakTrax
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Account suspended
Replies: 35
Views: 5983

Re: Account suspended

In your opinion, Alphazone. Many come here to look at those 'countless plain photos with boring blue or grey backdrops'. Besides, it's a static shot of a Wizzair 320 - hardly super interesting. It breaks A.net's rules, which are clearly laid out on the site. Whether it's uninteresting or not is tota...

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by JakTrax
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1081

Re: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?

You can't just 'edit out' grain without paying some sort of penalty. Noise reduction software basically blurs parts of an image, thus eroding detail. The more aggressively you tackle noise, the more detail you lose. Since blue skies are notorious for showing up noise, expect contrail shots taken at ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1081

Re: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?

If you think it will meet your requirements, go for it. I wouldn't buy one as a DSLR will ALWAYS be better, but it's not my money at stake...... If you just want to record movements at your local airport in good weather, it will be fine; if, however, you want to upload here and progress in your phot...

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by JakTrax
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1081

Re: Would you guys say the HX400V is a good camera for a spotter on a budjet?

The HX400V is a compact bridge camera, which is never going to offer the quality of a DSLR or mirrorless. Whether it's a good camera for plane photography is subjective - it depends on your expectations and standards - however if you're looking to upload here then you might struggle when shooting fa...

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by JakTrax
Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Your Thoughts On This Rejection
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Re: Your Thoughts On This Rejection

I'd also add that it could stand being a fair bit brighter - looks a little dark to me and the contrast a touch harsh.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Account suspended
Replies: 35
Views: 5983

Re: Account suspended

Alphazone, are you so surprised your photo wasn't accepted? Since you chimed in, I'll put it straight: your 747 image captures a nice moment but is nowhere near the quality required here - it's soft, blurry, noisy, badly lit and has a cyan cast. If you think that's acceptable, I can see why you also...

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by JakTrax
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Account suspended
Replies: 35
Views: 5983

Re: Account suspended

Kas, fair enough; let me say that you are one of the most up-front members of the team and it's refreshing for a screener to concede having made a mistake. Perhaps in your case it was a one-off but in the grand scheme of things these 'one-offs' are happening way more than they used to, and there has...

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by JakTrax
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Account suspended
Replies: 35
Views: 5983

Re: Account suspended

No real case here I'm afraid - you've clearly manipulated the sky in a manner which is unacceptable here - and you've done an awful job of it, if I'm honest. That said, if it was originally accepted, the screener is as much to blame as you and should perhaps face action of some sort also? What's goo...

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by JakTrax
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Mumbai (BOM) 19th and 26th Feb
Replies: 0
Views: 701

Mumbai (BOM) 19th and 26th Feb

Hi All,

Three of us will be at BOM early mornings of the 19th and 26th Feb, hopefully at Jari Mari at the end of runway 27. If anyone wants to join us it would be good to meet up with a few locals.

Cheers,
Karl Nixon

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by JakTrax
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Where to go for photography in Asia?
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: Where to go for photography in Asia?

We looked into Seoul (Incheon) as a daytrip from Tokyo in 2016, but the photo locations around the perimeter are all quite distant. I suppose it depends on your preferences but heat-haze can be a problem over distance in South Korea and Japan, even in winter. We came to the conclusion that staying i...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Where to go for photography in Asia?
Replies: 10
Views: 1141

Re: Where to go for photography in Asia?

KUL can be hazy and humid (just like HKG, BKK, SGN, CGK and SIN) and subjects distant, so I wouldn't recommend it particularly. Japan and China are your best bet (although the hobby still isn't entirely understood in China so confrontation with police should be expected) but you've ruled out the two...

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by JakTrax
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Help identifying a plane
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: Help identifying a plane

Definitely a Dash 8 series 100/200 - I can count the 10 windows, two sets of two and two sets of three.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: LHR Potography
Replies: 1
Views: 1054

Re: LHR Potography

T5 I think is pretty useless airside so if you can I'd try and get to T1/T2 as there are decent places there.

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photoshop or Lightroom?
Replies: 17
Views: 2110

Re: Photoshop or Lightroom?

Chris, you make it sound like I've never done just that; I have and, while it's no doubt difficult, there are ALWAYS ways and means to reduce necessary editing. Where exactly did I say it was EASY to reduce editing anyway? I didn't, if you care to re-read my post. Just because you go out at 2100 and...

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by JakTrax
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Moving into full-frame
Replies: 6
Views: 1232

Re: Moving into full-frame

Don't factor A.net into your decision. Both the hobby and good images are bigger than A.net. Shoot to your criteria, not A.net's.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photoshop or Lightroom?
Replies: 17
Views: 2110

Re: Photoshop or Lightroom?

Even so, there are ways to greatly reduce the amount of editing required.

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by JakTrax
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photoshop or Lightroom?
Replies: 17
Views: 2110

Re: Photoshop or Lightroom?

Couldn't agree more with Jehan. I still use Elements 5.0 and it offers more than enough tools to get images accepted here. Get the photo right in camera and very, very little in the way of editing should be required.

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2017 (57): Seattle calling
Replies: 141
Views: 37839

Re: MAN news 57: Seattle calling

LOG pulling the GLA route after 19th Jan 2018 apparently. Not sure how this affects the new summer proposals but difficult to see how they would work, given that GLA hasn't succeeded. Granted, different season, but still.....

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 117
Views: 7877

Re: Image standards slipping?

Heat-hazed shots are accepted on a regular basis.

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by JakTrax
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2017 (57): Seattle calling
Replies: 141
Views: 37839

Re: MAN news 57: Seattle calling

My apologies - I automatically thought by the destinations that they were simply resurrecting old routes and promoting them as new. Let's hope the direct services work in summer as they certainly didn't in Autumn (albeit there was a brief stop at GLA). I wonder how long the Dorniers will slave on fo...

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2017 (57): Seattle calling
Replies: 141
Views: 37839

Re: MAN news 57: Seattle calling

The two LOG routes are the ones they abandoned in early November, presumably due to poor loads, so just the resurrection of old schedules rather than anything new. Unless they plan to offer direct services to each this time rather than via GLA? They must feel that these routes will work much better ...

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by JakTrax
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Milan Malpensa (MXP) taxiway H questions
Replies: 0
Views: 803

Milan Malpensa (MXP) taxiway H questions

All, Looking at a spotting trip next week to MXP, to get a couple of days by taxiway H. I have a couple of questions, though: 1) is it used every second day? If I am there Monday-Thursday next week (18th-21st), which days will it be in use in the mornings? 2) Is there a hill or mound to climb to get...

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by JakTrax
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 6D mark II
Replies: 16
Views: 2020

Re: Canon 6D mark II

NPeterman, the vitriol aimed at the 6DII is mostly from those who've owned or extensively used the original - in your case, not having had the original, you're conducting an apples vs. oranges comparison, which is a bit unfair. No-one's said the 6DII is an incapable camera - what has been said is th...

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by JakTrax
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 6D mark II
Replies: 16
Views: 2020

Re: Canon 6D mark II

It seems to me that they put the exact same AF system from the 80D into the 6DII, without taking into account the much larger sensor. Those 45 points more spread out across the frame wouldn't have realistically impacted sales of the 5DIV, which has 61 mostly cross-type points. More sloppiness from C...

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by JakTrax
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Newsworthy stuff not getting banner?
Replies: 19
Views: 2010

Re: Newsworthy stuff not getting banner?

I see that AF's new lo-co subsidiary Joon hasn't got a banner place. Come on, guys, this is a pretty big event in the aviation world!

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 117
Views: 7877

Re: Image standards slipping?

Gasman, the thing is that those of us who think it's broken have already left the site in protest, so moving things forward is probably irrelevant to A.net. If things got fixed I'm not sure I would return as I'm happy having my photos hosted elsewhere now. Having uploaded very little lately I can't ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 6D mark II
Replies: 16
Views: 2020

Re: Canon 6D mark II

Stefan, the 6DII may be slightly faster than the original 6D, but bear in mind that 'faster' does not mean 'fast' - the 6DII is still a sluggish camera compared to its contemporaries. That AF system was basically designed for a 1.6x crop body, so to see it appear in a FF body reeks of a desire to ge...

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by JakTrax
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 117
Views: 7877

Re: Image standards slipping?

I think there has to be more of a buffer zone for what is acceptable and what is not - mostly to account for differences in screener monitors, which is a factor currently not taken into consideration. Gasman's photo is a good example - is the contrast acceptable? I certainly think so. Would it still...

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by JakTrax
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 6D mark II
Replies: 16
Views: 2020

Re: Canon 6D mark II

It does have more megapixel so you can get some finer details on shots at lower ISO In theory, but often not in practice. Since a higher megapixel count will show up lens flaws more easily, you will often find that fine detail is actually lost on a per-pixel level. Less applicable to FF to be hones...

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by JakTrax
Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Canon 6D mark II
Replies: 16
Views: 2020

Re: Canon 6D mark II

As you've said, the new 6D supposedly has worse high-ISO and DR performance than the original. The focus mechanism is also a bit of a faux pas because it's basically the 80D's system in a FF body - in other words, it doesn't have anywhere near decent frame coverage as the system was designed more fo...

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by JakTrax
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Image standards slipping?
Replies: 117
Views: 7877

Re: Image standards slipping?

Reflecting on this thread I think I agree with much of what's been said; certainly in that the less important rejection reasons tend to be the most tenaciously enforced. If a photo is slightly soft, or slightly over-sharp, so what? Who's really looking? Now level and colour are much less subjective,...

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by JakTrax
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screening
Replies: 49
Views: 6820

Re: Post screening

I think dark/contrast for the ERJ is A.net's way of suggesting that the light is poor and you'll struggle to get it in. Lighting is certainly tricky enough for me not to bother wanting to edit it (if it were mine)!

Karl

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