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[C]irRuS
08-12-2005, 03:34 AM
Is there anyway to sharpen a blur photo due to motion or shaky hand.
I had tried with photoshop but the sharpened image seem to be abit grainy...
maybe i am not skillful enough... is there anyway to sharpen a slightly blur image??? :confused:

David Metsky
08-12-2005, 06:30 AM
If the blur is due to motion, then you probably will only get very limited improvement from any PhotoShop techniques. All you will end up with is a sharp image of motion.

-dave-

akysiev
08-12-2005, 08:37 PM
Unfortunately there really isn't a good method for removing motion blur/camera shake. The best thing to do is to use a tripod, or, if that's not convenient, set the camera on something flat. I would go into more detail but there is an endless amount of tips for working with a camera without a tripod in low-light conditions.

For [very] small amounts of blur, there are some third party sharpening tools out there that work pretty well. None are at in my thoughts right now but I'm sure other forum-goers know of some. The stock sharpen filter available in PS isn't exactly the best method of sharpening. However, I've had some decent results by using the the sharpen tool (found in the tools menu along with blur and something else). Just make sure you don't set the strength too high or you'll end up with really grainy or 'scratched' areas.

tim11
08-13-2005, 05:59 PM
Photo enhancement software such as Photoshop works wonder but it doesn't create MIRACLE. If you input photo is badly blurred and out of focus, or so low in resolution then you can't do much about it no matter what software you use.

Norm in Fujino
08-16-2005, 11:18 PM
irRuS']Is there anyway to sharpen a blur photo due to motion or shaky hand.
I had tried with photoshop but the sharpened image seem to be abit grainy...
maybe i am not skillful enough... is there anyway to sharpen a slightly blur image??? :confused:

Try Focus Magic (http://www.focusmagic.com/).

cdifoto
08-16-2005, 11:50 PM
Try Focus Magic (http://www.focusmagic.com/).

The samples on that website look like cr@p.

Norm in Fujino
08-17-2005, 12:05 AM
The samples on that website look like cr@p.

Your Mileage May Vary. ;)

Remember, these programs are really designed only to minimally salvage otherwise lost images. They won't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

cdifoto
08-17-2005, 12:17 AM
Your Mileage May Vary. ;)

Remember, these programs are really designed only to minimally salvage otherwise lost images. They won't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

You might as well just delete the blurry ones and forget 'em. If blurryness might be an issue, shoot in continuous mode and you can dang near guarantee at least one will be sharp. If not, you need to practice shooting instead of relying on a miracle software program.

Norm in Fujino
08-17-2005, 05:01 AM
you need to practice shooting instead of relying on a miracle software program.

Let me repeat: the point is not that anyone is necessarily "relying on" these programs, but merely attempting to salvage disaster in the unfortunate extremes that we all run into occasionally. I personally haven't had any results with the test version of focus magic that I would want to display publically, but I can imagine certain cases where you might want to recover a family or other photo with historic significance that was otherwise totally unviewable. They have a legitimate role in the overall scheme of things.

cdifoto
08-17-2005, 05:35 AM
Let me repeat: the point is not that anyone is necessarily "relying on" these programs, but merely attempting to salvage disaster in the unfortunate extremes that we all run into occasionally. I personally haven't had any results with the test version of focus magic that I would want to display publically, but I can imagine certain cases where you might want to recover a family or other photo with historic significance that was otherwise totally unviewable. They have a legitimate role in the overall scheme of things.

If it's really totally unviewable, no amount of editing will salvage it. Sometimes you just have to let go. I would rather spend my time practising my technique than salvaging photos taken by those who didn't spend their time the same way. I don't want to be the photographer who took the pic that someone is trying to salvage with software in 80 years.

tim11
08-17-2005, 06:21 AM
Let me quote myself:

Photo enhancement software such as Photoshop works wonder but it doesn't create MIRACLE. If you input photo is badly blurred and out of focus, or so low in resolution then you can't do much about it no matter what software you use.
I have worked enough with graphics to make that statement.
I do see some merit however, if that program can just get the results as demonstrated. I will be finding out more if I am a forensic detective.... Apart from that, I don't see any professional use for it. Salvaging precious old family photos? hmmm.... (just) maybe.

D70FAN
08-17-2005, 06:41 AM
Thanks for the tip Norm. Some will get use from this software and some won't. But at least you offered a solution. ;)

reyval2k
08-26-2005, 12:31 AM
I'm adding it to my collection of Photo-enhancement software. I'm no professional. :D Thanks Norm.

[C]irRuS
08-26-2005, 01:14 AM
Thank you telling me about the software Focus Magic
yet to try it out
Seriously I do agree with Norm in Fujino
Sometime I really took blur pics due to motion
But some actions that are memorable only happen once {in that moment}
no matter how good your photography skills is
you will not be able to catch a very sudden and memorable moment
cos we are unable to get it into focus on time {a split second really counts somttime} so I just need something to make it clearer
inorder to make a small print for the sake of keeping a memorable moment in physical form.... :cool:

nwpoland
08-28-2005, 12:15 AM
Just to throw in my two groszy (Polish currency)...you might try going through this link:

http://www.photoxels.com/tutorial_sharpen_display.html

It will give you a quick run through using the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop. Again, this is not a miracle fix...but it really does work quite effectively and gives you a lot of control over the finished product.

gary_hendricks
08-28-2005, 07:13 AM
I'd use Sharpen More in Jasc's Paint Shop Pro. :)

tarfearauko
08-28-2005, 12:32 PM
Just to throw in my two groszy (Polish currency)...you might try going through this link:

http://www.photoxels.com/tutorial_sharpen_display.html

It will give you a quick run through using the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop. Again, this is not a miracle fix...but it really does work quite effectively and gives you a lot of control over the finished product.

Don't you use szloties anymore? too bad! I liked that one

nwpoland
08-28-2005, 10:16 PM
Don't you use szloties anymore? too bad! I liked that one

zlotys (very close) are still the equivalent of dollars while groszy are the equivalent of cents. great names eh?!