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  1. #1681
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    Here's one.

    I have only been taking pictures for about a year. Any advice would be appreciated. Including how to compress the picture without making it look so fuzzy. The original doesn't look this bad.
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  2. #1682
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    Lightbulb

    hey mcbride, welcome to the mad house. It's a common thing about selecting & converting the pic for the net, not just this site, you will always lose quality & clarity. heres a tip, mate I'm not having a go at you here but generally if you do have a really good pic with "pop" or 'wow' factor it will show through in your down sized examples. Don't worry mate, I've been here a few years now & have been just recently told off for not posting good enough examples for the equipment that i boast, welcome to the family.
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  3. #1683
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcbride View Post
    I have only been taking pictures for about a year. Any advice would be appreciated. Including how to compress the picture without making it look so fuzzy. The original doesn't look this bad.
    Mcbride. What program do you use to resample the pix? If you select higher quality output it wouldn't be so fuzzy if the original is good.
    It's hard to capture a bird in flight.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

  4. #1684
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    same bird another pic

    Thanks! I used photoshop to "save for web" then optimize file size to 488, then image size to 620 by 413.
    I used a Canon XTI, shutter 1/500, aperture f 8.0, focal length 165mm, ISO 100. I grabbed all that info out of iPhoto.
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  5. #1685
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    Mcbride. Every time you save a JPG file it compresses the image and degrade the quality once. It looks like you save the JPG image file at least 3 times? (SAVE For Web, Optimize, then resize)? Saving for web results in low quality since Photoshop makes the file smaller for faster web upload and download. So the trick is to save as JPG as less time as possible.
    Personally I always keep the original image file so I open it and use SAVE AS to save into Photoshop native format (or TIFF) since they are data lossless compression formats. This way I can use clone, curves, Levels; etc. and still save them in steps. Only when I finish that I will scale down the PSD or Tiff format to the posting size then save into JPG.
    Nikon D90, D80
    Nikkor 16-85mm AF-S DX F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) macro, Nikkor 50mm F/1.4D, Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D, Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro ||| 2x SB800 | SB600 ||| Manfrotto 190XB

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    Nikon SB600 Speedlight ]
    LightsphereII
    ...also, Canon Powershot G2
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  7. #1687
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    jsnail, that's a great shot. I love that the birds aren't silhouettes -- you can see their colors and details. Great work.
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  8. #1688
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    Thank you!! I admit that I dodged the birds a bit in cs3 and fixed the levels, however I'm proud to say there actually WAS detail in the original image (it just needed a little more coaxing to come out).
    Nikon D80
    Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
    Nikon SB600 Speedlight ]
    LightsphereII
    ...also, Canon Powershot G2
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsnail17
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    Alley Pond Park

    Walk around the park.
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    Femail Duck

    Well - I just got back from a family Holiday in Centre Parcs Holland.
    Not too many photos to actually share
    There were Ducks everywhere - almost like every villa was alocated a family
    of ducks!!
    This is a simple snap of a femail duck
    Looking at jsnail's picks and others I am wondering if it might be a good idea to save up for a nikon 18 - 200...
    This holiday made me realise I don't need both the 28 - 200 & the 70 - 300
    and I am now rethinking ALL my lenses
    (PS - this taken on the Sigma 28 - 200)
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