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Looking for some help in sharpenning!
Old 04-09-2009, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In this photo his face, fingers, and the SAL are out of focus. I'm not sure on how to use the remove lens blur tool which I think is what's needed. Can anyone help or give me some advice if this is saveable? I really don't want to reshoot it if I can save it! I have all the rest printed and ready to give to the team.

I have it in RAW format.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: Looking for some help in sharpenning!
Old 04-10-2009, 06:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

I know there have been some previous posts about selective shapening and also some third party tools that can help. Have you tried to search?

Not sure what app you using, but in Photoshop the sharpening filter/tool could go a long way in correcting this photo. Either in whole, or selectively. I'd recommend starting with a full image correction of smaller magnitude. Select the entire image (ctrl-a) or use the marquee tool and then use the sharpen filter. You can try the presets or variable. Play with the settings until you get something you like. Cautious as you'll notice on the variable setting, or repeated filtering you'll develop noise and quality issues.

To be more selective, just use your marquee tools to select the specific areas you want to sharpen and once selected use the same sharpening filter approach above for each selection.

In the toolbox there is a "sharpening" tool, but things can get out of hand quickly using this tool. It is a nice tool to use for minor touchups once general sharpening is already done.

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Re: Looking for some help in sharpenning!
Old 04-10-2009, 07:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I doubt any tool is going to save this image. It looks like motion blur to me. You've stripped the EXIF data so we can't see the aperture or shutter speed. I would say you used a flash, so I'll guess the shutter speed was 1/60. We can't see the focal length either, but I'll guess based on the DOF that you used a medium length telephoto. What you end up with is the parts of the image lit with the strobe appear to be sharp, but everything else that relied on ambient light suffers from camera shake.

I would say that a re-shoot is the best using manual camera controls to set the shutter speed according to the 1/focal length (+1) rule.

Hope that helps...
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Re: Looking for some help in sharpenning!
Old 04-28-2009, 10:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have to agree with srwatters, that the best solution is to retake this image. You could manually correct portions to make it look halfway decent but the time spent salvaging the image with some fairly extensive work unless you don't have the option of setting the player up for another shot.
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Re: Looking for some help in sharpenning!
Old 04-28-2009, 04:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm afeared that one is a goner...that is pure lens blur and I don't know of ANY technique that can make it better....much less correct it...

Hopefully you can re-shoot
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Re: Looking for some help in sharpenning!
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Thanks for the replies guys! Yes, I reshot this last week! I have to remember to keep my big fingers off the wheel on the back of my 5d.
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Re: Looking for some help in sharpenning!
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In this photo his face, fingers, and the SAL are out of focus. I'm not sure on how to use the remove lens blur tool which I think is what's needed. Can anyone help or give me some advice if this is saveable? I really don't want to reshoot it if I can save it! I have all the rest printed and ready to give to the team.

I have it in RAW format.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Pete

I don't know how to save a picture that's this blury but I will tell you one technique I've been using with mixed results to selectively sharpen certain facial features, highlight hair, jewelry etc. Create a duplicate layer and run a high pass filter on it, expiriment with radius to taste. Switch it an overlay layer and turn it in to a reverse mask (fill with black) then paint with white to reveal the effect where you want it. Alternatively you can run the unsharp mask on the overlay layer.
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