Randy Fredlund our Technical Support expert will cover the latest features, tips and tricks to maximizing your experience using Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix software.
Understanding camera settings, like we discussed in Digital Photography Tips Part 2, is fundimental. However, there are things out there that can enhance your images, and those are filters and software.
The tech and consumer world is currently buzzing over the recently released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The tech and consumer world is currently buzzing over the recently released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While similar in design and function to its predecessor, the iPhone 7 has a variety of new and unique features - some of which are perfect for taking photos in unprecedented HD quality and new and exotic locales!
"RAW, RAW, RAW!…that’s the spirit!” I hear this all the time from a number of folks who shoot RAW with their cameras.
So let’s talk about image formats. And by "talk,” I really mean converse. I’d like to hear what you think. Note that I am at least vaguely aware I don’t know everything.
We’re pleased to begin providing articles on improving your Restoration/Throwback images. We’re also pleased to be working with Rachel LaCour-Niesen of www.SaveFamilyPhotos.com / #savefamilyphotos.
The below “conversation” begins this collaboration with a topic that is near and dear to all of our hearts – the connection to our past that photography provides. Both the images and the stories they suggest allow us to be a little closer to those no longer with us.
While we strive to make improving your pictures as easy as possible, sometimes people send comments to Support saying that the our software is not doing what we said it would do. On rare occasions, these requests would require the Magic of Merlin to retrieve anything worth looking at. But more often than not, when the customer sends an image, I can see that there is plenty to work with, and that our software can do a pretty good job of fixing the picture in less than a minute.
Remember Tina? She had a bad experience with a nationally known purveyor of printed pictures. Then she tried again at Vivid-Pix-Prints to get her pictures printed. Here is her reaction:
"I got my pictures back from vivid-pix today! Some of them look insanely better, much sharper, clearer and brighter, it's hard to believe that they are even the same picture. While others are still better, clearer and sharper it, was more subtle, but getting them through vivid-pix definitely makes a difference. I'll be printing my SCUBA pics through you guys from now on!
Thanks again for all the help! " - Tina
Like I mentioned in the previous blog, Tina has a future in advertising!...
"I've recently used the free trial software to enhance my SCUBA pics. They look AMAZING on the computer, but when I sent some off to be printed, I was highly disappointed with the results. The images look grainy or pixelated and the contrast looks terrible. My camera is an HD quality camera. I was wondering if you had any tips on how to get the pictures to look as amazing printed as they do on my screen.” - Tina
We at Vivid-Pix have heard this lament from time to time. It’s really a shame to spend the time and money to go to exotic locations, take pictures of the wonderful things, make them look great with Picture-Fix, and then get lousy prints. You deserve images that accurately represent what you saw, not what a misguided print service spits out.
You just got that great shot of the grouper that you’ve been hoping for. Back topside and excited to see the result, you download the picture and display it full screen. What a great shot! Except, of course, for the all those bright spots you never saw until now. Your strobe has reflected off the particles in the water and ruined everything. Damned backscatter.
What to do? If you’re a power user of image manipulation software like Photoshop, you can spend a lot of time working on the image to get it back to what you saw, but most of us aren’t likely to go that route. Even if you have the means to do the job, the touchup is tedious at best, so usually, the grouper is banished to the dark depths of the hard drive, or (gasp!) deleted forever.
Yes, it’s best to prevent the problem in the first place (get in close, turn the flash off when more than a few feet away, etc.) but that won’t help you now. However, there are some additional things you can do to salvage the shot.
- You can minimize the effect by turning off sharpening. No point in accentuating the appearance of the particles, and since they are usually bright spots against a darker background, the sharpening process will do just that....