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riki101 Jul 11, 2010 2:52 AM

Digitizing
 
I have been digitizing (to PC) old family slides and trying to sharpen them with software such as Gimp and digiKam (Linux). Disappointingly, I am not impressed with the results and only very slight improvements are noticeable to the naked eye. Am I wasting my time? Mammoth task, I have thousands!

If original photos are out of focus, is refocusing possible using software? I've tried with digiKam but makes no difference that I can see.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Mark1616 Jul 11, 2010 3:01 AM

It depends on how bad we are talking but one of the best packages I've seen is http://www.focusmagic.com there could be others as well that are designed for this sort of thing.

riki101 Jul 11, 2010 3:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark1616 (Post 1116583)
It depends on how bad we are talking but one of the best packages I've seen is http://www.focusmagic.com there could be others as well that are designed for this sort of thing.

Thanks Mark. Here is an example (one of the worst ones). I don't suppose you can wash off the marks on the boy's face?

Mark1616 Jul 11, 2010 3:19 AM

At this resolution it's a bit hard to play with as there isn't too much detail. I would go to the http://forums.steves-digicams.com/xtreme-makeover-82/ section where the guys there are proficient in photo fixes and improvements.

riki101 Jul 11, 2010 3:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark1616 (Post 1116586)
At this resolution it's a bit hard to play with as there isn't too much detail. I would go to the http://forums.steves-digicams.com/xtreme-makeover-82/ section where the guys there are proficient in photo fixes and improvements.

Thanks Mark, I'll try that.

VTphotog Jul 11, 2010 2:30 PM

Another freeware program which has deconvolution abilities, is Image Analyzer, available from http://meesoft.logicnet.dk/ . It has some very good color capabilities as well. The drawback I have found, is that it is very processor and memory intensive, and on my older PC, can take quite a while to process a 6MP photo.
You might also want to look for a program called Sharp Control, which does a good job of controlling haloes when sharpening.

brian

riki101 Jul 11, 2010 4:45 PM

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Originally Posted by VTphotog (Post 1116738)
Another freeware program which has deconvolution abilities, is Image Analyzer, available from http://meesoft.logicnet.dk/ . It has some very good color capabilities as well. The drawback I have found, is that it is very processor and memory intensive, and on my older PC, can take quite a while to process a 6MP photo.
You might also want to look for a program called Sharp Control, which does a good job of controlling haloes when sharpening.
brian

Thanks Brian. I'll try the software and compare it to Gimp which is the one I have been using for the last year or so. I am now with Linux and hardly ever use MS.

Ordo Jul 11, 2010 6:22 PM

How are you digitizing your slides? That could be the first problem to think about.

riki101 Jul 12, 2010 1:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Ordo (Post 1116793)
How are you digitizing your slides? That could be the first problem to think about.

Projected on screen and photographed with a Sony W350 and transferred to PC. I will probably end up investing in a slide scanner.

jWest Jul 12, 2010 5:24 AM

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Originally Posted by riki101 (Post 1116869)
Projected on screen and photographed with a Sony W350 and transferred to PC. I will probably end up investing in a slide scanner.

Ordo's right, the method of digitalizing is probably the first problem. Projecting on a screen then photographing is means a huge amount of photo data will be missing, and it can produce a irreversible flat, drab effect (like grabbing clips from a movie in a theater with a camcorder). You will likely find most or all of your problems a lot easier to solve if you use a different method of capturing them. I would suggest a high-res flatbed scanner - you'll get fairly pleasing results, and with a decent comp, you can scan several at once at a high resolution.


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