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Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:44 pm
by a1ring23
Hey all,

My second attempt at editing some photos I took quite a while back.

Let me know what you guys think, especially with contrast and softness?
I'm still pretty amateurish at this so please give constructive feedback.

Thanks in advance.

http://i858.photobucket.com/albums/ab149/a1ring23/IMG_8383.jpg

RE: Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:18 pm
by dazbo5
It looks a little dark to me and the tail a little soft. I've given it a quick edit, but you'll probably want to do it from the original file.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/Dazbo5/IMG_8383.jpg

Darren

RE: Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:54 pm
by a1ring23
Ok done an edit.

Made it brighter and adjusted the sharpness as well..

Let me know if any other adjustments need to be made.

http://i858.photobucket.com/albums/ab149/a1ring23/IMG_8383editnew.jpg

Thanks again!

RE: Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:23 am
by dlowwa
Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 2):
and adjusted the sharpness as well..

You went too far with the sharpening. Jaggies and noise all over the place. Needs a completely new edit I think.

Dana

RE: Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:41 am
by a1ring23
Hey Dana, thanks for the feedback.

Quoting dlowwa (Reply 3):
You went too far with the sharpening. Jaggies and noise all over the place. Needs a completely new edit I think.

How do I go about doing this?

Thanks.

RE: Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:01 am
by dlowwa
Quoting a1ring23 (Reply 4):
How do I go about doing this?

How do you go about doing a new edit? Start from scratch with the original, and be careful about the points already mentioned, especially the sharpening and noise.
It's a hard balance to get right at first, as sharpening leads to noise, and noise reduction leads to softness. All I can say is, pick your spots to sharpen and 'de-noise', as applying blanket sharpening and noise reduction to the whole image is not going to help (this is also known as using 'selective' sharpening).

If you have any more specific questions, fire away.

RE: Pre-screening - Softness/Contrast (a1ring23)

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:50 am
by NZ107
Hi Pete,

Try selecting what you sharpen and if you think it needs a bit more, change the value of sharpening too - little by little can help prevent oversharpening/jagged edges. Are you using a filter (ie smart sharpen) or using the sharpen tool?

Cheers,
Nicholas