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Pre-Screening: New To This, Need Some Help

Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:00 pm

Here are some shots I took at KHOU on a pretty gloomy, rainy morning. The light was horrendous but it gave me a chance to play with settings and try some tougher edits. I guess I need help judging my edits/somewhere to get a better grasp of the mistakes I made. I don't necessarily plan to get any of these accepted, I just need some feedback.

Everything is taken with a Sony a6000 and saved RAW. I removed blemishes from the photos and cropped in the new Apple Photos then exported them to GIMP where I adjusted colors, sharpened, and resized.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5655/21681494629_a1f6f00c48_b.jpgHobby 9-28-15 - 1 of 32 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
ISO 800; 203mm; f/6.3; 1/1600
So with this one I know I made a few mistakes with settings. ISO is too high, making it soft and shutter was too fast, leaving it underexposed(?) I did what I could with editing, but the only reason I held onto this one is that it's a 733 in the new livery.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/649/21842215316_07c6830964_b.jpgHobby 9-28-15 - 9 of 32 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
ISO 320; 210mm; f/7.1; 1/500

I've been chasing this shot for a while and a rainy day was the only time I really saw the haze let up around downtown. Still a little underexposed? I've been playing with different crops of this.

Then they flipped the field!

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5684/21681497319_4f3cd5d594_b.jpgHobby 9-28-15 - 24 of 32 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
ISO 250; 200mm; f/13; 1/500

I messed up the props in editing. Is there a better technique for sharpening the aircraft than selecting everything then deselecting around the blades?

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5680/21245628784_2987d2b557_b.jpgHobby 9-28-15 - 28 of 32 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
ISO 400; 135mm; f/9; 1/800

I was pretty happy with how the light came out on this one.


Here's one from a different day. I know it would never make it into the database because I clipped a wing, but I thought it came out nice and clear. Thoughts? I shot it in JPEG before I really knew how to use the camera so there wasn't much I could do to edit. The sky looks grainy.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/569/21681791779_9b93b9a355_b.jpgDSC01498 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
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RE: Pre-Screening: New To This, Need Some Help

Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:23 am

The first issue with all of them is that they are all heavily compressed. It's tough to judge any other quality-related criteria, because the compression makes them look much worse.

It could come from when you save them, or from when you upload them to Flickr; I'm not sure.
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RE: Pre-Screening: New To This, Need Some Help

Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:33 am

HI, if you are "new to this" perhaps a "gloomy and rainy" morning is not the right time to start, These conditions would be difficult for an experienced photographer too and giving you advice on how to improve the quality is imo pretty useless based on these shots. You could start with a simple shot, something static on a day when the light is good. By doing so most of the variables can be removed and we can concentrate on what is really going on. When the light is horrendous, it's raining and your camera settings are kind of all over the place it's difficult figure out what the source of a flaw is.
You could just take a picture of anything on a fine day, like a bus or a train it doesn't have to be an aircraft and post it here and we would be able to tell you how to proceed.
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parmelbe
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RE: Pre-Screening: New To This, Need Some Help

Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:48 pm

Hmm. Thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure where the compression is coming from. I'm shooting in RAW and not resizing to 1024x683 until I've finished editing.

Here are some pictures I took of my dog in the shade on a nice day. These are the original photos, unedited. Just converted to JPEG and resized.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5646/21524254480_50694d4264_b.jpgDog Park 9-25-15 - 14 of 17 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
ISO 250; 50mm; f/5.6; 1/250

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5829/21712192345_83bdf680d6_k.jpgDog Park 9-25-15 - 12 of 17 by Brendon Parmelee, on Flickr
ISO 250; 16mm; f/3.5; 1/400

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