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01-23-2012, 08:16 AM   #16
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Here's the original image

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01-23-2012, 08:29 AM   #17
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01-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #18
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The photo you posted can't be the original, it's very small. Unfortunately there are blown details that can't be repaired because you don't have a raw copy. The photo is also very soft. I darkened, sharpened, cropped and straightened. I might be able to do better with a full sized copy.



Download Google Picasa, it's pretty good for jpeg processing and it's free. Please shoot raw from now on, at least for photos you care about. Pentax DCU4 is a superb raw converter.
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The first image I posted was not the original image.

The one I posted at the top of the 2nd page is the original.

Isn't it? Or, did I mess up?

01-23-2012, 09:51 AM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by hambone Quote
The first image I posted was not the original image.

The one I posted at the top of the 2nd page is the original.

Isn't it? Or, did I mess up?
The second photo you posted is only 1024 x 678 pixels, which is just under one megapixel. Definitely not the original size.
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When I check "properties" on my computer, it says the size of the file is 12.2MB. That is where I pulled it from when I used the attachment function under "go advanced".

Is that what it's showing?

Man, I'm sorry to be so much trouble but I really do appreciate any help you guys can give me...
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01-23-2012, 10:18 AM   #24
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Picasa includes free storage and you can upload any size photo.

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My attempt to fix it. Changed contrast a bit, darkened the image, and slight adjustment to color, then crop.
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First off your photo epitomises the usual mistakes made by rookie photographers.

1) Unaware how the camera's meter works - the subject are mostly in dark tones, fooling the camera's meter into thinking that more exposure is needed than necessary

2) Not knowing the camera enough 1 - one way to counteract such problems is to quickly bracket exposures. We don't know what exposure mode was used but you can reassign one of the e-dials to change exposure compensation on the fly with a flick of the finger

3) Not knowing the camera enough 2 - confirm exposure with the histogram, use the bright/dark area to show where detail is lost or not available, keep D-range on to expand the dynamic range and reduce the occurrence of overexposure.

4) Shooting in jpeg rather than RAW - loss of quality upfront and not capitalizing on the camera sensor's full capacity, limits on recovery during post processing. As there is already loss of detail and color information, it is a lot harder to get acceptable results without color artifacts, clipping, loss of detail, loss of contrast and limitations on image size.

5) Not knowing enough by way of post processing - with the right tools and a clear idea on what it takes to salvage a photo, one can try to correct the obvious problems with the photo.

My quick and dirty 30 second fix.


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You should be able to salvage the image, most parents and kids are not really picky. It will most definitely look better than what they (we) normally get through school.
Couple minutes with focus-magic and photo-shop elements 5. Would make a fine 8X10 print IMO.
I didn`t bother with cropping or straightening.

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here's mine
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To be honest that original really isnt that bad. I've taken/seen some shot's that looked either pitch black or way overexposed which can be turned into great images. The trick, shoot in RAW! Or RAW+JPG if you want to use the jpg to give to people/share, and save the RAW to edit.

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