View Full Version : Trouble with photos for submission

10-21-2003, 09:48 PM
I am learning a lot by trial and error, but am don't seem to be getting anywhere.

I take 35mm photos, have them developed professionally, then scan on a flatbed scanner (Umax Astra 2000P), and finally use PhotoShop 6 to play with the pics.

Does anyone have tips for "Bad Color [not enough color depth] problems?

10-21-2003, 09:51 PM
could you give us a link to the photo(s) in question?
that would help us help you :)

10-21-2003, 10:20 PM
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=36510 finally was accepted. I will deal with the problems as they arise. I will also read Grumpy's site regarding photography. Thanks

10-21-2003, 10:42 PM
I'm pretty bad at this, too.

But what do you think about this? An improvement?

S.C. Vermillion
10-22-2003, 04:51 AM
What kind of film do you use? Also what type of camera do you shoot with?


10-22-2003, 04:35 PM
First, I like the further work done to my pic... what did you do?

And secondly, I was trying some 800 from Fuji. As always, I am an amateur using amateur equipment hoping for professional product. I have an old, old, old hand-me down Mamiya (MSX 1000) 35mm camera. As I can afford it, I will upgrade and update. Until then I will rely on PhotoShop.

S.C. Vermillion
10-22-2003, 05:15 PM
Hey your photo equipment is fine. I know tons of amateur and professional photographers that still use older photo equipment. I have just got my first 35MM SLR camera. I have been learning alot by trial and error also. When I first got my camera I got some Kodak HD 400 and went track side. When I got my photo's back I was shocked at how grainy the pictures were. So I took other people's advice and got some lower speed film (I got some Kodak 100). And when I got my pictures back, I said wow now that looks good. As the speed of the film gets higher the more grainy and duller they will look. Low speed films such as Kodak 100 or Kodak HD 200 will produce better color and a sharper image. I have a friend that uses the Fuji 800 and his pictures are the same as yours. I just got some Fuji 100 and 200 to experiment with. Hope this helps.

I took this photo with some 100 speed film.

I took this photo with some 400 speed film.

10-22-2003, 07:09 PM
Thanks for the tip. I was concerned with faster film for closer action shots. But, in the interest of quality over quantity and at your suggestion I will go back to 100 or 200.

10-22-2003, 10:14 PM

any suggestions?

10-22-2003, 11:10 PM
busyEMT, just a heads up, your photo link doesn't work. It says, "No image matches that id number."

10-22-2003, 11:52 PM
It either got accepted or rejected.

And I'm telling you what I did in the response to your PM right now. :)

10-23-2003, 07:34 PM
My last pic was rejected for "Bad Angle."

My next pic - http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=36690 - was taken on a FinePix 2400Zoom (with practically no touching up in PhotoShop)... whoda thunk it.

10-23-2003, 08:19 PM
the colors seem a lot more natural on this one

good job :D

10-26-2003, 11:02 AM
Try the 'auto level control' with Photoshop, that will often sort out blue shadows and odd coloured highlights. It won't work in every case but it will get you started.

400 asa can work, just be careful with the sharpening tool. 'Unsharp mask' will usually give a less grainy result than the simple 'sharpen'. 'Sharpen edges' is worth a fiddle with sometimes as well (all within filters>sharpen).

10-27-2003, 07:57 PM
*Just an update for those who wrote*

I purchased the Fuji S5000 and... well, I will let the photos speak for themselves:


No touching up other than resizing and some horizontal movement.

I have learned that film photography is truly an art form. Kudos to those whom do it well. Its not for me; I will stick to digital :D

10-27-2003, 08:05 PM
congratulations and good job! :)

10-28-2003, 12:19 AM
8) Nice photos busyEMT, definately an improvement! Good luck and have fun with your new camera!