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Quality Issues?

Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

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Will a more-experienced contributor please tell me why this was rejected for "quality issues"?  Also, if we use the "auto option" in Lightroom to correct a photo shot in RAW, will it be accepted?  Please answer both questions.  

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Community Expert , May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

I always start my LRC editing by hitting the Auto button, then adjust from there by perhaps reducing the highlights a bit more, lift the shadows a bit, set both the white and black point and apply some dehas as needed. I rarely adjust saturation. Watch the histogram as you proceed. But that's not where the editing process ends. You also need to check the white balance, look for chromatic aberration, look for spots in the sky or other stray elements in the composition that need to be removed, etc

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Community Expert , May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

The photo is not focused well, the buildings are not vertical, the shadows are under exposed, the blue and red colors are oversaturated, the bottom left corner should be removed, and there is a bird above the chimmney in the clouds that must be removed.

Something like this:

Untitled-1-Edit.jpg

(Notice the details in the shop that are now visible?)

The "auto" option is only a part of  post processing and does not alone guarantee a perfect photo.

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Community Expert , May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023
quote if we use the "auto option" in Lightroom to correct a photo shot in RAW, will it be accepted? 
By @bernardines74641976

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No single tool can magically cure every problem in every image.  Sometimes it take 2 or 3 tools.  Other times it takes 10.  It all depends on the image quality you start with and what corrections are needed.  Auto options are merely a starting point.

 

 

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Community Expert ,
May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

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I always start my LRC editing by hitting the Auto button, then adjust from there by perhaps reducing the highlights a bit more, lift the shadows a bit, set both the white and black point and apply some dehas as needed. I rarely adjust saturation. Watch the histogram as you proceed. But that's not where the editing process ends. You also need to check the white balance, look for chromatic aberration, look for spots in the sky or other stray elements in the composition that need to be removed, etc. Also correct leaning horizon or leaning verticals.

 

This image has chromatic aberration, very visible along the edge of the tower, and leaning verticals. When I zoom in past 100% the focus seems a bit soft.

Jill C., Forum Volunteer

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2023 May 26, 2023

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Thank you for your response; I appreciate your taking time to critque this photo.  My biggest fear is that I'll adjust my photos too much and they'll be rejected for over-processing. Your feedback is most helpful.

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May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

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The photo is not focused well, the buildings are not vertical, the shadows are under exposed, the blue and red colors are oversaturated, the bottom left corner should be removed, and there is a bird above the chimmney in the clouds that must be removed.

Something like this:

Untitled-1-Edit.jpg

(Notice the details in the shop that are now visible?)

The "auto" option is only a part of  post processing and does not alone guarantee a perfect photo.

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2023 May 26, 2023

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Thank you for your constructive critique; I sincerely appreciate your time.  Now I know what to correct in this photo.  

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Community Expert ,
May 25, 2023 May 25, 2023

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quote if we use the "auto option" in Lightroom to correct a photo shot in RAW, will it be accepted? 
By @bernardines74641976

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No single tool can magically cure every problem in every image.  Sometimes it take 2 or 3 tools.  Other times it takes 10.  It all depends on the image quality you start with and what corrections are needed.  Auto options are merely a starting point.

 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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May 26, 2023 May 26, 2023

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Nancy, your responses to my questions were exceedingly helpful.  I learned more from you in these two responses than in hours of watching videos and even photography courses.  I'll deinitely apply the advice I received from you and Ralph L. in the future.  I sincerely appreciate your taking time to help me.

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