What's wrong with this image

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Lee, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Lee

    Lee Guest

    I had a friend who went to Mexico for vacation. They forgot their
    digital camera and bought a "disposable" digital camera. I've
    attempted in vane to make the picture good. I have no clue what is
    wrong with it.

    I've uploaded a small version of it here:

    The picture looks like it has too much cyan. But reducing that,
    doesn't resolve the picture problem. I've even tried to convert it to
    a black and white in hopes that it would look reasonable. Doesn't
    come close. This picture is complete mess up.

    Any help or suggestion on how to fix this picture would be appreciated.
    Lee, Aug 6, 2008
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  2. Is that before or after you tinkered with it?
    If that's before, then I'd suggest the camera was faulty.
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Aug 6, 2008
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  3. Lee

    Lee Guest

    The only thing done to this image was scale it. I agree it was the
    camera's fault. Was hoping to find a way to fix it. Unfortunately I
    haven't had any luck in doing so.

    Lee, Aug 6, 2008
  4. I don't think you will find a way to improve it.
    It looks like it was created using a colour pallette of about 6 colours.
    Like an ordinary photograph that's been converted to a gif with a seriously
    limited colour range.
    You just can't add colours that aren't there to start with.
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Aug 6, 2008
  5. Lee

    Joel Guest

    I don't have the original message (one of my kill-filters kills it), and
    it's very hard to see the whole story from a low-rez, and scanned image
    usually not a good source. But I can say this.

    1. It wasn't the camera's fault but it seems like the photographer pointed
    to the bright sun and got overexposed. It's normal and the camera isn't the
    one to be blamed.

    2. If the quality is good, the main color channels are still usuable etc.
    then "Selective Color" (Photoshop command) may be useful. Else B&W would be
    a good choice

    *But* I don't see much or any value from the image to spend the energy to
    recover it, I hope the photographer pointed the camera to the right
    direction on other photos.
    Joel, Aug 6, 2008
  6. It wasn't a scanned photo. It was taken with a disposable digital camera.
    What you see here is what the camera captured according to the OP.
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Aug 6, 2008
  7. Lee

    Joel Guest

    Disposable digital camera? I have only heard and seen disposable film
    camera but never hearc of digital one. But I haven't paid much attention to
    low-end digital camera for so many years to know what's going on lately.
    Joel, Aug 6, 2008
  8. Admittedly, I've never seen one either, but I've heard of them.
    If this is typical of the results from one of them, I think I'd rather not
    take photos at all.
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Aug 6, 2008
  9. Lee

    Lee Guest

    Come to find out it was a disposable camera which you get the images
    scanned and dumped to a CD-Rom after they are processed. Also, my
    friend indicated she had two of these and one of her rolls of film was
    managed by the machine that develops it, so someones suggestion that
    the picture was over exposed is very possible. We figured when they
    (Walgreens drug store) fixed the machine and got the damaged film out
    of it, they inadvertently exposed the other film with more light. So
    I suggested she go and raise hell. Thanks everyone.
    Lee, Aug 6, 2008
  10. Lee

    Joel Guest

    I just Googled and you are right there is/are disposable digital camera(s)
    available, and it/they have been around for around 1-1/2 year now.
    Joel, Aug 7, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    The red channel is better than the others, green & blue are all messed
    up, I'm not sure how or why.

    I'm cross-posting to alt.graphics.photoshop in the hopes that someone
    can elaborate.

    I used to have a photoshop action that split the channels into 3 layers
    but it's been corrupted so I can't easily tinker more. I can see each
    step of the action (which no longer plays) but don't recall how I made
    it, the steps include duplicating the background, then 'make a fill
    layer' in red, green and blue and a merge layer operation for each...
    that's about all I can make of it, somehow it made them translucent so
    you had 3 layers for each color and could play with those. I used it
    once to remove blue halo effects and duplicate/simulate the blue channel
    from a copy of red & green and I suspect this approach may be able to
    recover that image (somewhat) or at least explain what's wrong with it.

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, Aug 9, 2008
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