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Old Oct 15, 2002, 7:52 PM   #1
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I just started using elements. I am trying to correct
an out of focus pic. I have tried the unsharpen mask,
but the pic turns out grainy. Is there an easier way to
do this?
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Old Oct 15, 2002, 9:08 PM   #2
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None of the standard editors will deal with bad focus. The unshapen mask increases local contrast, but doesn't deal with bad focus.

Are you sure the problem is focus, not shake? Look at objects at various distances in your image. If the problem is focus, odds are that something will be in focus - just not what you wanted. If the problem is shake, everything will be blurry.
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Thanks for the reply. When I looked at the pic
again, everything is blurry. So it must be shake,
as you stated. I am shooting an IS cam, and this
is the only bad pic. Must be a fluke. Is there an
easy way to correct "shake"?
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Faster shutter speeds for hand-held, balancing of aperture/ISO (which can itself increase the "noise" in an image) or consider a good tripod and a remote release. With the later I've got down to slow shutter speeds with reasonable results (although not the same gear). See -

http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3298
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As checklg says, the best solution for shake is a tripod and a remote shutter release. Since shake is any unintentional movement of the camera while the shutter is open, shake can be reduced by using a shorter shutter speed - with all the trade-offs that implies.

You can learn how to hold the camera (and yourself) to cut down on shake. Lean against a wall/tree/... when shooting. Keep your elbows against your body. Pay attention to your breathing. ...

If you can turn off the image stabilization in your camera, practice shooting without it. You will see the results of your practice much better, and be more confident when IS is turned on. IS is nice, but it is not a substitute for being steady.
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