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Is this clearer

By Mototaur
practicing my bird photography.

I have tried to focus more and used s setting. hopefully this looks clearer.

Thank you for the comments and help yesterday Smile

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Yes Zoe, this is clearer!
johnlw Plus
9 1 10 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2013 4:07PM
That's a much clearer shot well done.
Niknut Plus
5 1.1k 68 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2013 5:39PM
Lovely shot !!
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3354 Canada
26 Jun 2013 6:48PM

I think you are missing a step in how you resize and prepare your image for the site.

This is what you should do:

Resize original image to 1000 pixels at one side; save as a new file name with MAXIMUM quality; Open the new file; check for sharpness; apply sharpening as needed (it almost always needs sharpening); then save, then upload.

What is your process?

Your settings look good.

Ive uploaded a mod that has received a LOT of sharpening.


gwynn56 4 87 England
26 Jun 2013 7:17PM
nice capture Smile
26 Jun 2013 7:35PM
I will try the resizing Willie thanks for the tips .
I did no processing to photo it is as captured.
I usually Photoshop .but that is not true photo. I wanted help with the original with out processing.

Kind regards for help.

banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3354 Canada
27 Jun 2013 12:10AM
Oh Zoe, - you have little choice but to process, expecially when uploading to the web. This is because re sizing causes tremendous loss of detail due to file compression, so theres no way around this. Processing has been done since the very first plate photos were invented. When you gave that roll of film into a lab, did you think you got back exactly what was on your original? They were all processed to look as good as possible.

The national Geographic photographers employ whole teams of Adobe professionals to do their photo finishing, - though of course they start with very good shots, using the very best optics and cameras money can buy. Ansel Adams employed extensive lab post processing. Photoshop is simply the same tools available in digital. Crop, re size, burn, unsharp mask, dodge, multiply, screen are all terms that come straight from the film dark room.

This is a bridge camera too, that needs a lot of help in post processing. Its will perfom much better in close up shots that far away as an example.

If you look at your original photo from the camera for this image, its likely a lot crisper than it is here. Thats because it hasnt been re sized to the site requirements, BUT it has been re sized by your camera, which has post processed it according to the parameters you have set, so you are NEVER getting what you see. The closest you can get to an unprocessed image is to shoot in RAW format. You can view it, but you will need to post rocess it to make it a JPEG, just like the camera does.

ALL digital images are processed Zoe.


27 Jun 2013 7:32AM
OK thanks for the interesting info Willie Smile Smile I will process then Smile Smile
Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
27 Jun 2013 9:43AM
Hi Zoe,

Good advice from Willie.

If you look at the image the leaf in front of the Sparrow is in focus whereas the bird is not, this is more than likely due to the auto focus mode used. If you Fuji lets you, try spot focusing and use the eye as a the point of focus, alternatively when birds are in and amongst trees use manual focus.

The speed is also to slow as evident in the motion blur in the tail, so if you are suffering from low light pop up the flash.

27 Jun 2013 6:59PM
I have tried setting camera to manual focus ,it only seems to have auto 400 or 800 . It's not a DSLR camera . it has a 30 x zoom set in it. Some features are not easy to switch off. I am trying the things people suggest. But if camera does not allow it what can I do ???

I did have flash popped up. The camera did not fire flash.

The focus tip : eye point focus : I will try as a good tip.

Thank you for the help

Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
27 Jun 2013 7:23PM
I have just had a quick look at you camera manual on line.

In your flash settings you are able to used Forced Flash which will fire the flash even if the camera judges there to be enough light,

There does not appear to be any any other focusing options other than macro, so set the focus on the eye then half press the shutter release to lock onto the bird and hold it there , recompose the shot then fully press the shutter to take the image.

Hope this helps.

27 Jun 2013 9:15PM
Thank you for the help Trev.
I need to practice this more to get focus right I think.
I do as you suggest at present with the half press to focus ,then full press. I will keep trying till I get it right. I will also try the focus on birds eye .will also check out the forced flash you suggest

Best wishes

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